Press Releases / November 11, 2014

NIHCM Foundation Awards $270K in Investigator-Initiated Research Grants

Washington, DC – November 11, 2014 - The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation has awarded four new grants totaling approximately $270,000 to support investigator-initiated health services research.

The winning studies were selected based on their potential to inform and impact future policymaking, strength of design and efficiency of budget.

  • Physician Practice Styles and Overuse of Healthcare Services
    This study will explore physician practice patterns for cancer services that tend to be overused in order to understand whether overuse is pervasive across the medical decisions of individual physicians or more limited to specific services.
Researchers: Allison Lipitz-Snyderman, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Peter Bach, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Elena Elkin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Andrew Epstein, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Camelia Sima, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Coral Atoria, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

  • Do Higher Priced Providers Deliver Higher Quality Care? An Analysis of the Price/Quality Relationship Using HCCI Data
    This study will analyze the relationship between various measures of provider quality and the prices received from private payers, building on prior research that shows no direct association between quality and prices in Medicare.
Researchers: Zack Cooper, Yale University
Martin Gaynor, Carnegie Mellon University & The Federal Trade Commission
John Van Reenen, London School of Economics
Harlan Krumholz, Yale University

  • How Are Physician Referral Networks Affected by Physician Practice Ownership and Limited Coverage Network Insurance Products?
    This study will investigate how referral patterns are influenced both by the ownership structures of physician groups and hospitals and by limited-network insurance plans.
Researchers: Keith M. Marzilli Ericson, Boston University
Benjamin Lubin, Boston University
Kimberley Heard Geissler, Boston University

  • Physician Practice Organization and Health Care Delivery and Costs
    This study will examine how physician practice consolidation into multi-specialty groups affects care delivery, spending and quality for Medicare patients as well as PPO prices for the privately insured.
Researchers: Laurence Baker, Stanford University
M. Kate Bundorf, Stanford University
Anne Royalty, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


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