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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


Bita Kash is the Director of the Center of Outcomes Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. The Center for Outcomes Research is a joint center with Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Dr. Kash is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Texas A&M University. She is also Co-Director of a seven-university National Science Foundation (NSF) funded 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. She also currently serves as the Interim Director for the Center for Health & Nature, a partnership between Houston Methodist, Texas A&M University and Texan by Nature. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and an active member of Academy Health, the Gerontological Society of America, and Academy of Management. Her areas of research include organizational capacity for change and transformation, evaluation of organizational innovations and technologies in the healthcare delivery system, and healthcare strategic planning and marketing. Her most recent research projects focus on development of strategy bundles to reduce hospital readmission rates, and access to appropriate care. She has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. 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, 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.

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

Bosetti, R, Tabatabai, L, Naufal, G, Brito, R & Kash, B 2019, Value in Health, vol. 22, pp. S159.

Psychological Distress and the Use of Clinical Preventive Services by Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Lin, SH, Adepoju, OE, Kash, BA, DeSalvo, B & McMaughan, DK 2019, Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 599-616.

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.

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

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