Denise Kirk, MS

North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center

Phone: 919.843.1836
Email: dakirk@unc.edu

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill


Publications - (4)

  • Profile of Rural Health Clinics: Clinic & Medicare Patient Characteristics
    North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Date: 03/2013
    Presents a summary of the geographic distribution and clinic-level characteristics of rural health clinics, as well as an overview of the Medicare beneficiaries they served.
  • Profile of Rural Health Clinics: Medicare Payments & Common Diagnoses: Review of 2009 Medicare Outpatient Claims Data
    North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Date: 12/2012
    Using data extracted from 2009 Medicare outpatient provider claims, this brief presents a summary profile of Medicare billing and reimbursement activity for independent and provider-based RHCs.
  • Rural-Urban Variations in Medicare Live Discharge Patterns from Hospice, 2012-2013
    Policy Brief
    Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis
    Date: 09/2017
    This brief 1) provides an overview of the geographic distribution of “freestanding” (i.e., rather than those co-located in a hospital, home health agency, or skilled nursing facility) rural and urban hospices and, 2) explores live discharge rates for hospices operating in rural versus urban areas.
  • Safety Net Clinics Serving the Elderly in Rural Areas: Rural Health Clinic Patients Compared to Federally Qualified Health Center Patients
    Policy Brief
    North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Date: 05/2014

    Uses data extracted from 2009 Medicare outpatient provider claims to look at the location of clinics, the number of beneficiaries served, and the number of and cost per claim for each type of rural safety net clinic. We further examined characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries comparing their age, the health problems for which they sought care, and the distance they travelled to obtain care. Because Rural Health Centers (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are similar in mission but may be different in practice, understanding their respective Medicare patient profiles is important. This findings brief is the third and final in a series on RHCs which draws on a large, national dataset that includes claims data on the approximately 90% of RHCs that billed Medicare in 2009.