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Bita A. Kash, PhD, MBA, FACHE

Occidental Petroleum Centennial Chair in Quality and Outcomes, Center for Outcomes Research
Director, Center for Outcomes Research
Professor of Outcomes Research, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Bita Kash is the Director of the Center of Outcomes Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. The Center for Outcomes Research at Houston Methodist is a partnership with Texas A&M University School of Public Health.  Dr. Kash is also a Professor at Texas A&M University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Bita Kash received her PhD in Health Services Research from Texas A&M University in 2007 and joined the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health in September 2007. She currently teaches the Architecture for Health Lecture Series in the College of Architecture and serves on multiple PhD student committees at the Health Science Center and College of Architecture.

Dr. Kash is the co-director of a seven-university National Science Foundation (NSF) industry/university cooperative research center – the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) – anchored at Texas A&M University. As co-director and PI of the NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), Dr. Kash conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations.

Dr. Kash’s time and effort has been funded through external research grants at 55 to 60 percent time and effort yearly. In terms of published research productivity, Dr. Kash authored over 65 research papers and editorials published in peer-reviewed journals since 2005, and involved students as co-authors on more than half of these publications. Furthermore, her papers are published in leading health policy and management journals, such as Milbank QuarterlyThe GerontologistHealthcare Management Review, and The Journal of Applied Gerontology. The Milbank Quarterly, at 4.644 impact factor in 2014, was ranked #1 in the journal categories of Health Policy & Services and Health Care Sciences & Services, the same year her first paper was published in this journal. Kash’s research in the areas of perioperative care coordination and the effective use of health information exchanges has resulted in several publications in top-tier health services and policy journals, recently featured in the NSF’s “Industry-Nominated Technology Breakthroughs of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)” 2016 report, as well as Politico and other media. Finally, as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Healthcare Management (JHM), Kash lead a peer-reviewed journal in the field of healthcare management that incorporates a practitioner application for every research article published from 2014-2017. Total subscriptions for the JHM reach over 43,000 and include healthcare executives, practitioners, researchers, and students.

In 2013, Kash started conducting a first-of-its-kind large-scale study of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) concept. The major implication from this study is the potential for cost savings and quality improvement in surgical care. Results of this study were published in the Milbank Quarterlyin 2014. Since publication in 2014, the PSH paper has been featured in Becker’s Hospital Review, eMedEvents, American Journal of Managed Care, Science Daily, and other outlets. Implications for medical residency training were recently published in a top-tier medical specialty journal, Anesthesia & Analgesia. According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the ASA’s efforts to help implement the PSH nationally were enhanced as a result of Kash’s research and publications.

Description of Research

  • Organizational Capacity for Change and Transformation
  • Nursing Home Staffing and Cost
  • Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • Examining Elements of Integrated Primary Provider Networks as Potential Sources of Competitive Advantage using Resource Based Theory
  • Implementation of Evidence-Based Transformational Strategies within Healthcare Organizations

Education & Training

PhD, Texas A&M University, School of Public Health
MBA, The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina
BS, University of Missouri-Columbia

Quality indicators to measure the effect of opioid stewardship interventions in hospital and emergency department settings
Rizk, E, Swan, JT, Cheon, O, Colavecchia, AC, Bui, LN, Kash, BA, Chokshi, SP, Chen, H, Johnson, ML, Liebl, MG & Fink, E 2019, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 225-235.

How Leading Hospitals Operationalize Evidence-Based Readmission Reduction Strategies: A Mixed-Methods Comparative Study Using Systematic Review and Survey Design
Kash, BA, Baek, J, Cheon, O, Manzano, JGM, Jones, SL, Paranilam, J & Phillips, RA 2019, American Journal of Medical Quality.

Remote Patient Monitoring and Telemedicine in Neonatal and Pediatric Settings: Scoping Literature Review
Sasangohar, F, Davis, E, Kash, BA & Shah, SR 2018, Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 20, no. 12, pp. e295.

Falling short: How state laws can address health information exchange barriers and enablers
Schmit, CD, Wetter, SA & Kash, BA 2018, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 635-644.

Health and human development in Kenya: A review of literature from high income, middle income, and low income countries
Wekullo, CS, Davis, EC, Nafukho, FM & Kash, BA 2018, European Journal of Training and Development, vol. 42, no. 1-2, pp. 5-34.

The role of community engagement in building sustainable health-care delivery interventions for Kenya
Davis, EC, Arana, ET, Creel, JS, Ibarra, SC, Lechuga, J, Norman, RA, Parks, HR, Qasim, A, Watkins, DY & Kash, BA 2018, European Journal of Training and Development, vol. 42, no. 1-2, pp. 35-47.

Proposed business and franchising models for primary care in Kenya
Davis, EC, Evans, A, Uptmore, C, Lang, S, McElroy, JK, Ellenburg, D, Nguyen, T & Kash, BA 2018, European Journal of Training and Development, vol. 42, no. 1-2, pp. 48-56.

The four Ps of patient experience: A new strategic framework informed by theory and practice
Kash, BA, McKahan, M, Tomaszewski, L & McMaughan, D 2018, Health Marketing Quarterly.

Examining healthcare systems: a market analysis for Kenya
Davis, EC, Menser, T, Cerda Juarez, A, Tomaszewski, LE & Kash, BA 2018, European Journal of Training and Development.

The Association Between State-Level Health Information Exchange Laws and Hospital Participation in Community Health Information Organizations
Brown-Podgorski, BL, Hilts, KE, Kash, BA, Schmit, CD & Vest, JR 2018, AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium, vol. 2018, pp. 313-320.

The diabetes management education program in South Texas: An economic and clinical impact analysis
Kash, BA, Lin, SH, Baek, J & Ohsfeldt, RL 2017, Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 5, no. DEC, 345.

Kash, BA 2017, Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 356-357.

Kash, BA 2017, Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 287-288.

Review of successful hospital readmission reduction strategies and the role of health information exchange
Kash, BA, Baek, J, Davis, E, Champagne-Langabeer, T & Langabeer, JR 2017, International Journal of Medical Informatics, vol. 104, pp. 97-104.

Kash, BA 2017, Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 223-224.

Kash, BA 2017, Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 153-154.

Enhanced Transitions of Care: Centralizing Discharge Phone Calls Improves Ability to Reach Patients and Reduces Hospital Readmissions
Schuller, KA, Kash, BA & Gamm, LD 2017, Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. e10-e21.

Psychological Distress and the Use of Clinical Preventive Services by Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Lin, S-H, Adepoju, OE, Kash, BA, DeSalvo, B & McMaughan, DK 2017, Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society, pp. 733464817693376.

Kash, BA 2017, Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 79-80.

Interorganizational collaboration in emergency cardiovascular care
Langabeer, JR, Champagne-Langabeer, T, Helton, JR, Segrest, W, Kash, BA, Fraine, JD & Fowler, R 2017, Quality Management in Health Care, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 1-6.