A summary of primary stroke center policy in the United States
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    Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States. Much is known about how to treat stroke victims swiftly and effectively, yet the accessibility of health care facilities with the resources and processes to care for acute stroke patients varies from state to state. Research indicates that patients receiving care at primary stroke centers have a higher incidence of survival and recovery than those treated in hospitals without this type of specialized care. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the University of Georgia's Department of Public Administration and Policy to assess the extent of and variation in implementation of state policy related to primary stroke centers in the United States. The first step in this assessment process was to conduct a review of policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. CDC updated the review in July 2010. This summary provides a snapshot of laws and regulations related to primary stroke centers in the United States through mid-2010. It includes a summary and synthesis of policy action across states as well as an individual report for each state.
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    "Publication date: 10/2011." Available via the World Wide Web as an Acrobat .pdf file (2.09 MB, 112 p.). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A summary of primary stroke center policy in the United States. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2011.
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