Michael Meit, MA, MPH

North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center

Phone: 301.634.9324
Email: meit-michael@norc.org

NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis


Completed Projects - (30)


Publications - (11)

  • The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook
    Chartbook
    North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
    Date: 10/2014

    Includes current trends and disparities in urban and rural health. Reports on population characteristics including age, race and ethnicity, and poverty; health-related behaviors and risk factors including smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, and physical inactivity; mortality data; other health status measures including adolescent births, limitation of activity, and total tooth loss; healthcare access and use; and mental health measures. Individual data tables are available in an Excel file.

  • Critical Access Hospitals' Experience with Medicare Advantage Plans
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    Date: 03/2008
    This report details findings from a survey of 60 critical access hospital (CAH) administrators regarding their experiences with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Findings from this research identify concerns of CAH administrators that, as the MA program evolves, may be addressed through technical assistance and changes in regulation or legislation.
  • Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences
    North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
    Date: 03/2016
    Contains visual aids which display indicators of mortality rates by cause of death, age group, rural-urban status, region, and sex for populations 15 years of age and older cross-referenced to tables and statistical results.
  • Financing Rural Public Health Activities in Prevention and Health Promotion (Final Report)
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 06/2008
    Final Report of a study to determine whether the flow of federal resources, from federal agencies, through states, and to communities, is influenced by state and local level public health infrastructure.
  • The Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative: Implications for Rural Physicians (Final Report)
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 08/2010
    Discusses the impact of rurality on office-based physicians' participation in the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), a voluntary pay-for-reporting program in Medicare. PQRI offers a financial incentive to physicians and other eligible professionals who successfully report quality measures related to services provided under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
  • The Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative: Implications for Rural Physicians (Policy Brief)
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 08/2010
    Rural practices may be at a disadvantage with respect to participating in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), not necessarily because of their geographic location, but because they tend to be smaller, and have fewer resources and a less developed quality measurement infrastructure.
  • Rural Public Health Financing: The Relationship Between Infrastructure and Local Program Funding (Policy Brief)
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 06/2008
    The purpose of this study was to describe how federal funds for selected chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities are distributed to local health departments and non-governmental organizations at the local level and to identify infrastructure-related barriers that rural agencies may face in securing and using funds for such purposes. A central hypothesis was that the availability of federal funding for chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities may vary based on state and local public health infrastructural differences.
  • Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease
    Policy Brief
    North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
    Date: 10/2014

    In 2001, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS) released its 25th report on the health of the nation titled Health, United States, 2001: With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. The chartbook, compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illustrated trends and highlighted various priorities in urban and rural health. The Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (RHRPRC) replicated the analyses conducted in 2001 using the most recent data available (2006-2011). This brief highlights key findings around heart disease.

  • Spontaneous Evacuation Following a Dirty Bomb or Pandemic Influenza: Highlights from a National Survey of Urban Residents' Intended Behavior
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 11/2007
    Reports results of a national survey to assess the evacuation intentions of urban citizens following emergency scenarios. Includes information on how likely it would be for evacuees to go to a rural or urban area. Discusses the potential impact of an urban evacuation on rural areas.
  • Urban-to-Rural Evacuation: Planning for Population Surge (Policy Brief)
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 04/2007
    Discusses disaster planning and how rural preparedness officials face significant informational, organizational, and infrastructural constraints in their abilities to prepare for a potential population surge from urban areas.
  • Urban-to-Rural Evacuation: Planning for Rural Population Surge (Final Report)
    NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: 08/2008
    To date, rural emergency planning efforts have focused more on addressing the needs of rural residents and have not accounted for potential population surge from neighboring urban areas in the event of disaster. In many areas, rural infrastructure and capacities are likely to be stretched thin or possibly overwhelmed. This study assessed the likelihood of urban evacuation to rural areas and provides recommendations for rural planning and response.