Michelle Casey, MS

Deputy Director, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Phone: 612.623.8316
Fax: 612.623.8324
Email: mcasey@umn.edu

Rural Health Research Center
University of Minnesota
Division of Health Policy and Management
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Current Projects - (1)

  • Rural Implications of Quality-Based Physician Payment Reform
    The purpose of this project is to assess existing national data about the quality of care provided by rural physicians, and to determine what additional information will be needed as CMS moves towards inclusion of all physicians in payment reforms based on quality.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Physicians, Quality

Completed Projects - (16)

  • Analysis of Critical Access Hospital Inpatient Hospitalizations and Transfers from CAHs to Other Acute and Post-Acute Care Settings Using State Inpatient Databases
    The purpose of this project is to analyze Critical Access Hospital (CAH) inpatient hospitalizations and transfers from CAHs in order to help inform the development of quality indicators for CAHs, especially quality indicators focused on the transfer process.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Quality, Technology
  • Analyzing the Relationship Among Critical Access Hospital Financial Status, Organizational Linkages, and Scope of Services
    This project will systematically analyze the relationships among pre- and post-conversion Critical Access Hospital (CAH) financial performance, the organizational linkages in which the hospital participates (e.g., health care systems and/or networks), and the scope of services (i.e., the number and type of services) provided.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Health services, Healthcare financing, Networking and collaboration
  • Assessing the Rural Relevance of Hospital Outpatient Quality Measures
    The purpose of this project is to: 1) determine the diagnoses that are most commonly treated and the procedures most commonly performed in rural hospital outpatient settings; and 2) to evaluate the rural relevance of the proposed new CMS outpatient quality measures and other potential outpatient quality measures.
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Hospitals and clinics, Quality
  • Critical Access Hospital Participation in the Hospital Quality Alliance and Initial Quality Measure Results
    This project examined the participation of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in public reporting of quality measures in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare database. It presented the initial Hospital Compare results for CAHs and comparisons with other groups of hospitals on quality measures for three conditions: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Quality
  • Dental Care For Rural Low Income And Minority Populations
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Dental health, Minority health, Poverty
  • Health Care System Response to a Growing Latino Population in Rural America
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Cultural competency, Hispanics, Minority health, Rural statistics and demographics
  • Hospitalizations of Rural Children for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
    This project uses state inpatient discharge data from six states, data from the Area Resource File and the AHRQ Pediatric Quality Indicators to examine Ambulatory Care Sensitive Condition admission rates for rural children.
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Children, Chronic diseases and conditions
  • Impact of Hospitalists on Inpatient and Primary Care in Rural Communities
    This project will analyze primary data from a survey of rural hospitals about their use of hospitalists along with several sources of secondary data to examine why and how hospitalists are being used in rural hospitals and the impact of their use.
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topic: Hospitals and clinics
  • Impact of Private Sector Quality Initiatives on Rural Providers and Patients
    The purpose of this project is to assess the impact of private sector quality reporting and quality improvement initiatives on rural providers and on the quality of care provided to rural patients.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topic: Quality
  • Implementation of Telepharmacy in Rural Hospitals: Potential for Improving Medication Safety
    The purpose of this project is to describe successful telepharmacy activities and to analyze policy issues related to the implementation of telepharmacy projects in rural hospitals. These policy issues include the potential impact of telepharmacy use on the quality of pharmaceutical services and medication safety for rural patients.
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Hospitals and clinics, Pharmacy and prescription drugs, Quality, Telehealth
  • Measuring Quality in Rural Health Services: Are Hospital and Health Plan Accreditation Standards Appropriate for Rural Areas?
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topic: Quality
  • Measuring Quality Performance in CAHs
    The purpose of the project is to update our previous analyses of CAH participation in Hospital Compare, analyze trends over time, and explore additional sources of quality data for CAHs.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Quality
  • Patient Assessments and Quality of Care in Rural Hospitals
    This study will 1)analyze the relationships between rural patients' perspectives of hospital quality of care and key hospital characteristics that may influence patients' experiences of hospital care; and 2) assess whether rural patients' perspectives of hospital quality of care are related to quality measures focused on the provision of recommended care for medical conditions.
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health services, Quality
  • Quality Implications of Transferring Emergency Department Patients from Rural Hospitals
    This project will use Medicare inpatient and Emergency Department claims data to 1.) compare patients who are transferred directly from rural hospital Emergency Departments to larger hospitals with those who are admitted as inpatients to rural hospitals in terms of diagnoses, comorbidities, demographics, and the care received and 2.) analyze how the inclusion or exclusion of transferred emergency patients affects risk-adjusted mortality rates for transferring and receiving hospitals.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Emergency medical services (EMS), Quality
  • Rural Emergency Department Staffing: Implications for the Quality of Emergency Care Provided in Rural Areas
    This project will describe emergency department (ED) staffing patterns in rural hospitals; determine how the certification, training, and experience of ED physicians and other providers in different ED staffing models vary; and assess the implications of rural ED staffing for the quality of emergency care in rural areas, continuity of care, and rural EDs' role as safety net providers.
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Emergency medical services (EMS), Hospitals and clinics, Quality, Workforce
  • Successful Implementation of Medication Safety Initiatives in Rural Hospitals: The Role of Pharmacists and Technology
    This project will assess the capacity of rural hospitals to implement medication safety practices that reduce the likelihood of serious adverse drug events, and will identify factors that facilitate successful implementation of medication safety practices in rural hospitals.
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Hospitals and clinics, Pharmacy and prescription drugs, Quality, Technology

Publications - (70)