Utilization of Hospital Care for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

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Project funded:
September 2013
Anticipated completion date:
December 2019

This project examines where rural and frontier Medicare beneficiaries access hospital care. Specifically, it explores the different types of inpatient care sought in local rural communities and at tertiary providers. Beneficiary patterns of care by condition, location type and other factors examined. The study also focuses on the bypassing behavior of rural residents when being hospitalized. Analysis sensitivity analyses are being performed regarding small travel time differences per alternative hospitals.