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Thomas C. Ricketts, PhD

 


Completed Projects (5)

Analysis of Options for Criteria to Determine Underservice, Lead researcher
Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Topic: Workforce

Arguing for Rural Health: Justice and Fairness in Advocating for Rural Health Policy, Lead researcher
Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Topic: Health policy

Describing Geographic Access to Physicians in Rural America Using Statistical Applications in GIS
Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Topics: Health services, Physicians
This study will use a geographically weighted regression to assess the influence of distance and travel time on the distribution of physicians in rural America. The ultimate goal of the study will be to improve our measures of access by identifying the extent to which border resources can be considered in indices of access.

Information Technology Engineering Support for Health Resources and Services Administration Data Systems/Geospatial Data Warehouse, GIS Technologies, GEMS Support and General Office of Information Technology Systems Support, Lead researcher
Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Topics: Health policy, Technology, Workforce

Rural Informal Safety Net: The Development of a Research and Evaluation Design and a Preliminary Assessment
Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Topics: Health insurance and the uninsured, Health services

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Publications (5)

  • Analysis of Medicare's Incentive Payment Program for Physicians in Health Professional Shortage Areas
    Date: 2004
    The Medicare Incentive Payment (MIP) program provides a 10 percent bonus payment to physicians who treat patients in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). This paper examines the experience of five states (Alaska, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington) with the Medicare Incentive Payment (MIP) program. This study determines the program's expenditures, utilizations, and which types of physicians received payments. Results show that physicians eligible for the bonus payments often did not claim them, and physicians who likely did not work in approved HPSA sites, claimed the bonus payments and received them.
  • Arguing for Rural Health in Medicare: A Progressive Rhetoric for Rural America
    Date: 09/2002
    Examines how rural health policy is treated in the broader field of public policy, discusses the role of advocacy in developing rural health policy, and suggests ways to make that advocacy more effective. Specifically, the report explores the types of claims that rural advocates make, focusing in the context of Medicare policy, and determines to what extent those claims reflect a central them of fairness and inclusiveness in national polices versus claims that benefit special interests.
  • Fewer Hospitals Close in the 1990s: Rural Hospitals Mirror This Trend
    Date: 10/2001
    Summarizes a study of the number and rate of hospital closures in rural areas during the 1990s. Includes graphs and a map.
  • Race and Place: Urban-Rural Differences in Health for Racial and Ethnic Minorities
    Date: 03/2000
    This findings brief investigates urban-rural disparities for racial and ethnic minorities in six health areas: infant mortality, cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV infection, and child and adult immunizations.
  • Urban-Rural Flows of Physicians
    Date: 2007
    Reports findings from a study to determine whether there was a significant flow of physicians from urban to rural areas in recent years when the overall supply of physicians has been considered in balance with needs.

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