Kevin Bennett, PhD

Rural and Minority Health Research Center

Phone: 803.576.6042
Email: kevin.bennett@uscmed.sc.edu

Family & Preventative Medicine
University of South Carolina
220 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 204


Completed Projects - (7)

  • Characteristics and Utilization Patterns of Rural Medicaid Recipients
    This study used the Medicaid Analytic Extract file to examine the characteristics of persons enrolled in Medicaid by type of eligibility. The study also examined overall utilization and total payments for this utilization. All estimates were subset by rurality and region.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Medicaid and CHIP, Rural statistics and demographics
  • 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: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Minority health, Uninsured and underinsured
  • 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: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Diabetes, 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: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Diabetes, 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: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, 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: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Medicaid and 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 healthcare providers.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Diabetes, Health disparities and health equity, Medicare, Minority health

Publications - (26)

2018

2017

2016

2015

  • Post-discharge Rehabilitation Care Delivery for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries with Stroke
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 09/2015
    Provision/type of post-discharge rehab care (PDRC) received by stroke survivors by rurality and race/ethnicity are examined as are the distances between their homes and the discharge hospitals related to the type of PDRC recommended. The brief also looks at whether factors such as initial hospital admission relate to the PDRC provision/type.
  • Thirty-Day Readmission Rates Among Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2015
    Examines readmission rates and factors affecting readmission of patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual-eligibility).

2014

2013

  • Dialysis Availability in Rural America
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 01/2013
    This study explores the availability of dialysis services in rural America, including the prevalence of dialysis use across urban and rural counties, travel distance for services, and dialysis quality outcomes.
  • Rural Population Estimates: An Analysis of a Large Secondary Data Set
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 2013
    Examines in the underrepresentation of rural counties in large secondary data sources, specifically the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

2012

2011

2008

  • Health Disparities: A Rural-Urban Chartbook (Full Report)
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2008
    This chartbook expands the work of the National Healthcare Disparities Reports, issued annually by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, by examining potential disparities among rural populations in health, health behaviors, preventive services, and diabetes care.

2004