Brent Fulton, Associate Director

Closed (1) Health Economics Research of Hospital Systems

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

Title: Examining Hospital Systems: Size and Financial Performance
U.S. health expenditures are higher than other countries, partly because of high hospital costs. This study will examine the size and financial performance of hospital systems. The data will be from the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey Database and CMS's Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS). The hypothesis is that hospital systems have higher net profit (or surplus), because they charge higher prices. The study will also investigate the impact of accountable care organizations (ACOs) on hospitals' financial performance, because ACOs aim to reduce inpatient hospitalization days.

The student will search for and summarize existing studies, and depending on skill level, do analyses and create tables and figures using excel.

The student's key learning outcome will be gaining a better understanding on how empirical research is conducted within health economics.

Qualifications: Required skills include the following: strong writing skills, proficiency in searching publication databases (e.g., PubMed, Google Scholar, etc.), proficiency in Microsoft Office. Desirable but not essential skills include the following: background in U.S. healthcare system and health economics, Endnote, Excel. Hours per week is 9-12, but would consider 6-9.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs