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Press Releases / November 15, 2013

Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Winners Announced

Washington, DC – November 15, 2013 - The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation has awarded new grants totaling nearly $230,000 to support four investigator-initiated research projects.

The winning studies were selected from among more than 100 submissions based on strength of design, efficiency of budget and potential to inform future policymaking:

  • Identifying Winners and Losers Under Proposals to Simplify Drug Plan Choice in Medicare Part D

This study will use comprehensive Medicare data and tools developed over several years of work with CMS to design and validate an analytical model of Medicare Part D plan selection. The model will then be used to estimate the impact of various proposals to reduce inefficient enrollment choices.

Researchers: Jonathan Ketcham, Arizona State University
Nicolai Kuminoff, Arizona State University
Chris Powers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Variations in Patient Experience with Tiered Physician Networks

This study will use data from the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission to investigate whether patient choice of physician under tiered networks varies according to demographic characteristics, health status, physician specialty or type of care being sought.

Researcher: Anna Sinaiko, Harvard University
  • Assessing the Impact of Integrated Care Management on Health Services Use and Costs in Medicaid

This study will use data from Virginia’s largest Medicaid managed care plan to evaluate the effects of integrated case management on health service use, cost and racial disparities. It will examine various subgroups of enrollees and differential impacts according to the type of case management used.

Researchers: Gloria Bazzoli, Virginia Commonwealth University
Lindsay Sabik, Virginia Commonwealth University
Patricia Carcaise-Edinboro, Virginia Commonwealth University
Spencer Harpe, Midwestern University
  • The Impact of Payment Reform on Physician Referrals, Patient Flows and Health Care Costs

This study will use data from the Massachusetts All Payer Claims Database to describe referral patterns across the state and to evaluate the impact of global payments on referrals and spending.

Researchers: Bruce Landon, Harvard University
Asaf Bitton, Harvard University
Michael Chernew, Harvard University
Michael Barnett, Harvard University
Zirui Song, Harvard University


NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the U.S. health care system. The Foundation conducts research and educational activities and fosters dialogue between public and private sector stakeholders on a range of health care issues.


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