Alex Evenson, MA

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Phone: 612.623.8322
Email: mcel0093@umn.edu

University of Minnesota
2520 University Ave SE, Suite 201
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Publications - (5)

  • Case Studies of Regional Extension Centers Serving Rural Practices: Minnesota and North Dakota
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2013
    Focuses on the HIT Regional Extension Center serving Minnesota and North Dakota and its experiences working with rural physician practices in the two states.
  • Case Studies of Regional Extension Centers Serving Rural Practices: North Carolina
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2013
    Presents a case study focusing on the North Carolina HIT Regional Extension Center and its experience working with rural physician practices in the state.
  • Informing Rural Primary Care Workforce Policy: What Does the Evidence Tell Us?: A Review of Rural Health Research Center Literature, 2000-2010

    Date: 04/2011
    Profiles 51 publications constituting the body of evidence-based research produced by the federally-funded Rural Health Research Centers from 2000 to 2010 which are relevant to the rural primary care workforce.
  • Rural Hospital and Physician Participation in Private Sector Quality Initiatives
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2015

    Some private sector quality initiatives could potentially have a significant impact on the quality of rural health care, particularly in rural markets that are dominated by a single large insurer, as these insurers are likely to have both the resources to implement an initiative and sufficient leverage to motivate rural provider participation. This project examined private sector quality reporting and quality improvement initiatives being implemented by dominant insurers in states with significant rural populations. The policy brief profiles twelve different initiatives (half focused on physician quality improvement, half focused on hospital quality improvement).

  • Successful Health Insurance Outreach, Education, and Enrollment Strategies for Rural Hospitals
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2014

    Provides best practices for hospitals to use in health insurance outreach and enrollment efforts based on interviews with administrators, staff and community representatives at eleven small rural hospitals. Also discusses certified application counselors who help individuals enroll in health insurance and the importance of collaborative partnerships in the community to conduct insurance enrollment outreach and education.

    Based on their experiences during the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period, five of 11 surveyed rural hospitals reported positive outcomes likely related to their enrollment success: decreases in proportions of self-pay / uninsured patients, charity care, and/or bad debt. Of the remaining six hospitals, one reported no significant changes and five had not yet begun to assess the consequences of their efforts Key strategies and approaches highlighted by the 11 hospitals included the following:

    • Designate a project manager to handle open enrollment who can dedicate time to it.
    • Leverage partnerships with local organizations to boost enrollment, resources, and referrals.
    • Get involved with planning groups and committees at state and regional levels to see what is and is not working at other facilities.
    • Pursue a multi-faceted, targeted approach in outreach and marketing efforts.
    • Employ Certified Application Counselors (CACs) and make them as accessible as possible.
    • Use names of state marketplaces or generic terms rather than “Obamacare.”