Suggested Research Topics

The following topics of rural interest are suggested for professional researchers, students required to conduct research projects, or others with a special interest in these specific topics.  Please share your findings with Operation Save Rural Alabama and others:

What additional or non-traditional services can Alabama’s rural hospitals provide to create new sources of revenue to assist in keeping the hospitals open?  See the article entitled ALABAMA’S RURAL HOSPITAL CRISIS:  A BRIEF DESCRIPTION.

How can excessive beds that are chronically empty in Alabama’s rural hospitals be used to generate additional revenue for these hospitals?  See the article entitled ALABAMA’S RURAL HOSPITAL CRISIS:  A BRIEF DESCRIPTION.

What changes could be made involving the MEDICARE PHYSICIAN BONUS PROGRAM to keep in place a reward program for physicians practicing in Primary Care geographic shortage areas without creating a disincentive to secure more than the minimum care needed?  See the article entitled THE MEDICARE PHYSICIAN BONUS PROGRAM:  A GOOD PROGRAM THAT ALSO POSES A PROBLEM.

What is causing the increase in Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases deaths involving Alabama’s rural residents and especially rural females?  See the article entitled ALARMING INCREASE IN DEATHS FROM CHRONIC LOWER RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN RURAL ALABAMA.