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UMRHRC Projects 2008-2009

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Health Information Technology and Quality in Rural Hospitals
The purpose of this project is to:

  1. examine the adoption of health information technology (HIT) among rural hospitals and identify hospital and market characteristics that facilitate or impede HIT diffusion;
  2. measure the effect of HIT on clinical quality in rural hospitals;
  3. identify technologies that may be promoted to improve quality of care in rural areas.

The policy brief for this project can be found here.

Acute and Post-Acute Care Bundled Payments and Care Coordination in Rural Environments
The purpose of this project is to:

  1. Identify opportunities and potential unintended consequences for rural providers of current proposals for implementing bundled payments for acute and post-acute care episodes;
  2. Describe modifications to current bundling proposals that will address rural-specific issues;
  3. Identify quality measures related to care coordination that are relevant for rural patients whose services are reimbursed by a bundled payment.

The policy brief for this project can be found here.

Potentially Preventable Rural Hospital Readmissions
This project focuses on the analysis of potentially preventable rural hospital readmissions, a potential quality indicator receiving considerable attention from policymakers and payers. Using 3-M algorithm software and MedPAR inpatient claims data from 9 geographically representative states, this study will explore the relationship between readmission rates and geographic regions, categories of rural hospitals, discharge destination, clinical diagnoses and patient attributes.

The policy brief for this project can be found here.