Healthcare access

Completed Projects

Listed by project completion date. You can also view these projects alphabetically.

2019

  • Access to Care for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries
    This project examined multiple dimensions of access to care, with a focus on rural Medicare beneficiaries, including rural-urban differences in access to care, and within-rural differences in access to care by region, coverage type (traditional fee-for-service vs. supplemental Medigap coverage), and socio-demographic characteristics.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Healthcare access, Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Community Health Worker Roles, Regulation and Growth in Rural America
    This study looks at the role of Community Health Workers in improving access to healthcare services in rural and urban environments. Our project focuses on the growing and changing roles of these influential actors and how their responsibilities vary based on setting (hospital, clinic, community, etc.), location (rural vs. urban), and regulations.
    Research center: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access
  • Developing Rural-Relevant Strategies to Reduce Maternal Morbidity
    The purpose of this project was to distinguish and analyze predictors of maternal morbidity during childbirth hospitalization by geography and to develop recommendations to improve the safety of childbirth for rural residents. It also assessed the degree of rural focus and representation in current policy efforts to address this crisis.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Health services, Healthcare access, Hospitals and clinics, Legislation and regulation, Maternal health, Quality, Women
  • Launching Data Collection on a Common Set of Measures for the School-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program Evaluation
    The Rural Telehealth Research Center worked cooperatively with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to establish data collection protocols and tools on a set of measures that are being used for a cross-grantee evaluation of the School-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Healthcare access, Telehealth
  • Rural and Urban Differences in Access to Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Programs
    The project informed policymakers about the accessibility of psychiatric partial hospitalization programs, which provide moderately intensive and structured psychiatric services in outpatient settings, particularly hospital-based outpatient clinics.
    Research center: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
    Topics: Health services, Healthcare access, Hospitals and clinics, Mental and behavioral health

2018

  • Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid, and Uncompensated Care: The Rural Impact
    This project provides an in-depth analysis of Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) plan design, specifically measuring the availability and prevalence of high-deductible plans in rural as compared to urban areas.
    Research center: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Medicaid and CHIP, Uninsured and underinsured

2015

  • Rural Health Clinics: Medicare & Medicaid Profile
    This study builds on our work with the 2009 RHC Medicare claims. This project will result in the development of a longitudinal data collection/tracking mechanism of key RHC Medicare claims data and cost report elements (provider-based cost reports only at this point in time). RHC Medicaid data for a sample of states will be requested and analyzed to determine utilization patterns and identification of potential quality metrics.
    Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Topics: Healthcare access, Medicare, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)

2006

  • Impact of Health Insurance Coverage on Native Elder Health: Implications for Addressing the Health Care Needs of Rural American Indian Elders
    This project examined the types of health insurance coverage of rural Native American elders ages 55 and older, and examine how different types of health insurance coverage and lack of health insurance coverage impact access to health care services among Native American elders by geographic location (rural frontier, rural non-frontier and urban).
    Research center: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Frontier health, Healthcare access, Minority health, Private health insurance, Rural statistics and demographics, Uninsured and underinsured