RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis

Current Projects

  • Assessing the Impact of Medicaid Policy Changes
    Goals of this project include: 1) clearly articulating the rural considerations in Medicare reform by synthesizing information on the impact of Medicare on rural people, places, and providers; 2) assessing the impact of specific proposals to reform Medicare; and 3) analyzing the effects of market-based reform on rural populations, focusing on specific provisions of Medicare reform proposals.
    Topics: Health policy, Medicaid and S-CHIP
  • Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid, and Uncompensated Care: The Rural Impact
    This project provides an in-depth analysis of Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) plan design, specifically measuring the availability and prevalence of high-deductible plans in rural as compared to urban areas.
    Topics: Health disparities, Health insurance and the uninsured, Health policy, Medicaid and S-CHIP
  • What Does Healthcare Delivery System Reconfiguration Portend for Rural Health?
    The purpose of this project is to understand the dynamic relationships between healthcare system changes and healthcare network configurations that involve rural providers.
    Topics: Health policy, Quality
  • What Makes Successful Rural Accountable Care Organizations Successful?
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to shift at least 50% of traditional Medicare spending into alternative payment models by 2018. Affordable Care Organizations (ACOs) represent a popular model in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This study used multiple methods to find what makes a successful ACO.
    Topics: Health policy, Medicare, Quality