Research Grants

Funding For:

Evaluating and Improving Post-Hospitalization Mental Health Follow-Up Care

Behavioral Health


Kimberley Geissler, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018



Summary of the Project:

Using all-payer claims data from four diverse states, this study will identify patient, hospital and market characteristics associated with the receipt of timely follow-up mental health care after a hospitalization or an emergency department visit related to mental illness, and it will investigate whether such care affects patient outcomes or health spending. Findings can inform efforts of payers, providers and communities to improve follow-up care for this vulnerable and potentially expensive patient population.

Grantee Publications

January 12, 2021

Association of Follow-Up After an Emergency Department Visit for Mental Illness with Utilization Based Outcomes

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Author: Kimberley H Geissler, Michael I Cooper, John E Zeber

April 1, 2020

Primary Care Physician Referral Patterns for Behavioral Health Diagnoses

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Author: Kimberley H Geissler, John E Zeber