Bita Kash's Portrait

Bita Kash

Professor

School of Public Health

Biography

Bita Kash’s research interests include organizational capacity for change and transformation, nursing home staffing and cost, and healthcare strategic planning and marketing. Her most recent research projects focus on examining elements of integrated primary provider networks as potential sources of competitive advantage using resource based theory.

Her most recent research projects focus on development of strategy bundles to reduce hospital readmission rates, and access to appropriate care interventions.

She is a professor of health policy and management at Texas A&M University and director of the Center for Outcomes Research at Houston Methodist. 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.

She currently serves as the Interim Director for the Center for Health & 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.

She has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and received the ACHE Service Award in 2015.

In 2013, Kash started conducting a first-of-its-kind large-scale study of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) concept. The major implication of this study is the potential for cost savings and quality improvement in surgical care. Results of this study were published in the Milbank Quarterly in 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.

She earned a BS in environmental design (summa cum laude) from the University of Missouri, an MBA (summa cum laude) from The Citadel, and a PhD in health services research from Texas A&M.