Performance Improvement 2001. Impact of Publicly Funded Insurance Programs on Pediatric Safety -Net Providers

01/01/2001

The purposes of this study are to a) describe the relationship between characteristics of publicly- funded programs and the survival/financial viability of pediatric safety-net providers; b) determine the differential effects of Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) and the implementation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) for pediatric safety-net hospitals relative to pediatric Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs); c) investigate institutional and organizational factors among pediatric safety-net providers; and d) examine the success and failures that these providers have experienced in confronting changes in their community. Improved understanding of the impact of major policy changes on the viability of community pediatric safety-net health care providers can facilitate program strategies to lessen adverse consequences for vulnerable children. Case studies and interviews will be conducted to examine changes in the financial status of these institutions. A logistic regression model will be used to estimate the impact of hospital, market, and policy factors on closure of safety-net providers. Hospital cost, revenue, and profit equations will be estimated using a fixed effects regression model.

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2002

AGENCY SPONSOR: Bureau of Primary Health Care

FEDERAL CONTACT: Felicia L. Collins, 301-594-3732

PIC ID: 6039

PERFORMER: Northwestern University, Center for Health Services Policy, Evanston IL