Examining the Magnitudes, Geographic Variations, and Determinants Of Expenditures Due to Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions in Rural Hospitals

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September 2005
Project completed:
January 2008
The purpose of this study is to document the magnitude of and variation in ambulatory care sensitive condition (ACSC) expenditures of rural hospitals and explore the relationships between rural hospital ACSC expenditure and its key determinants in the areas of population demand, health care system supply, and provider practice style.

There will be two components within this study: (1) to document the magnitude of ACSC-related expenditures incurred by rural hospitals and describe the patterns of geographic variation in these type of expenditures among rural areas and (2) to develop an econometric model to explain the variation in ACSC-related expenditures among rural hospitals.

The RUPRI Center will publish policy briefs based on this research.