Curt D. Mueller, PhD

NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis

Phone: 202.295.7869

NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
4350 East West Highway, Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20814

Current Projects - (1)

  • Inpatient Treatment Costs Associated with Substance Use Disorders
    The purposes of this project are to examine the costs and characteristics of inpatient stays associated with substance use disorders and to examine whether there are systematic differences in these stays and costs for persons residing in rural areas compared to urban areas.
    Research center: Rural Health Equity Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Healthcare financing, Mental and behavioral health, Substance use and treatment

Completed Projects - (5)

Publications - (14)



  • Contracting with Medicare Advantage Plans: A Brief for Critical Access Hospital Administrators
    Policy Brief
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center, RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    Date: 12/2005
    This policy brief summarizes the experience of critical access hospital (CAH) administrators with contracts offered by Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Telephone surveys were conducted with CAH administrators across the country to learn about their experiences with MA plans.
  • Rural Implications of Medicare's Post-Acute-Care Transfer Payment Policy
    Journal Article
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 2005
    Examines how the initial policy change affected rural and urban hospitals and investigates the likely impact of the FY2004 expansion and other possible future expansions. The authors conclude that rural hospitals are not disproportionately harmed by the post-acute-care transfer policy.





  • Potential Supply-Side Implications of the BBA Limits on Reimbursement to Provider-Based Rural Health Clinics
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 06/2000
    This policy analysis brief examines whether provider-based (typically hospital operated) rural health clinics are likely to close due to the reimbursement cap introduced by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
  • Medicare Reforms: The Rural Perspective
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 04/2000
    This policy analysis brief discusses Medicare reforms considered by the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare (created by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997), including prescription drug coverage, funding graduate medical education, and increasing the eligibility age.