Rural providers face many challenges to participating in integrated organizational relationships. Consequently, research on rural provider participation in these relationships has been limited. The purpose of this project is to assess the types of integrated organizational relationships that include participation by rural health providers and to understand their potential relationship to new organizational initiatives stimulated by health care reform. This project will use secondary data to identify models of care coordination and integration employed in rural communities and to measure the probability that various rural and urban provider organizations are likely to participate in new marketplace relationships over time. Empirical analysis will include descriptive statistics as well as regression models (e.g., probit and logistic regressions).
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