Kevin Bennett, PhD

South Carolina Rural Health Research Center

Phone: 803.251.6317
Email: kevin.bennett@uscmed.sc.edu


Current Projects - (1)

  • Characteristics and Utilization Patterns of Rural Medicaid Recipients
    This study will use the Medicaid Analytic Extract file to examine the characteristics of persons enrolled in Medicaid by type of eligibility. The study will also examine overall utilization and total payments for this utilization. All estimates will be subset by rurality and region.
    Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Medicaid and S-CHIP, Rural statistics and demographics

Completed Projects - (6)

  • Identification of Highly Vulnerable Counties: The Intersection of Race, Poverty, and Health Care Resources
    The United States rural population has changed since the 2000 Census; minority populations have increased while overall population growth has slowed. This analysis will identify places of high vulnerability, defined as counties with high proportions of poor and/or minority populations with low or reduced healthcare resources.
    Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health insurance and the uninsured, Minority health
  • Intensity of Service Provision for Medicare Beneficiaries Utilizing Home Health Services
    This study will assess whether Medicare beneficiaries in rural areas receive a lower intensity of home health (HH) services compared to their urban counterparts. Specifically, the study will examine (1) the distribution of levels of HH services for four conditions: joint (hip and knee) replacement, stroke, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and diabetes; (2) the distribution of type of provider for each condition across the levels of rurality; and (3) the median charge and payment per beneficiary for these services across the levels of rurality.
    Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Home health, Medicare
  • Post-Hospital Transitions in Care Among Dually-Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries
    This project will examine the hospitalization rates, post-discharge physician follow-up, and subsequent readmission rates among Medicare beneficiaries who are also enrolled in Medicaid. We will examine these dual-eligible beneficiaries by level of rurality to determine if residence is a significant factor in these rates. We will also control for co-morbidities, county characteristics, and other factors related to readmission rates.
    Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health policy, Hospitals and clinics, Medicare
  • Rural and Urban Differences in Case-Mix Among Recipients of Home Health Care
    We will examine current patient case-mix for the Medicare population receiving skilled health care from a home health agency to determine if there are rural or race/ethnicity-based disparities with regards to receipt of services and clinical acuity indicators.
    Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities, Home health, Medicare
  • Rural-Urban Differences in Medicare Service Use and Expenditures in the Last Six Months of Life
    Patterns of end-of-life care are known to vary by rurality and by minority status, and the availability of facilities such as hospice also vary with rurality. This study will examine the relationship between level of service use during the last six months of life and facility availability in county of residence (hospital, SNF, IRF, home health, hospice), as well as minority status of the beneficiary and whether the beneficiary is also eligible for Medicaid (“dual eligible”).
    Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Medicaid and S-CHIP, Medicare, Minority health
  • Transitions in Care for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries with Diabetes
    Hospital readmission rates among persons with diabetes, as well as absolute admission rates, may be used to study health disparities among rural and minority populations. This project will use data from the Medicare Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse to explore residence- and race-based disparities in diabetes admission rates, effective transitions to outpatient care, and re-admission rates, to help guide rural policy-makers and health care providers.
    Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Health disparities, Medicare, Minority health

Publications - (19)