CHIBE researchers apply concepts from the field of behavioral economics to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that improve health and build knowledge about efficacy, cost and effectiveness.
The Basic Science Core aims to support laboratory or low-cost field studies that will shed light on mechanisms that can generate behavior change. In contrast to previous large-scale field studies, which have often combined multiple mechanisms into one intervention in order to maximize impact on behavior, basic science projects supported by the Core focus on disentangling and precisely identifying the impacts of individual mechanisms. CHIBE researchers interested in applying for project support can click here for more information.
Principal Investigators: Rachel Werner
Co-investigators: Glick, Shea, Small, Volpp
As US policy makers, health care providers, and consumers seek ways to bend the health care cost curve while improving the quality of care and efficiency of health care delivery, one model of primary care delivery that has garnered increasing attention and support is the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Focused on primary care, improved coordination of care, and incorporation of health information technology (HIT), the PCMH model holds promise for improving patient outcomes and health care quality. Because of these potential advantages over the fragmented delivery system that currently dominates US health care, PCMH demonstrations have been implemented in practices across the country, and the medical home has received increasing attention at both the federal and state levels.
Even with these recognized standards and best practices, PCMH practices vary in terms of which aspects of the PCMH model they implement. Evaluations of PCMH demonstrations are necessary to identify specific aspects of the model that may influence patient outcomes and efficiency, and maximize the potential benefits of the PCMH in existing and future demonstrations and practices. As private payers, state, and federal programs continue to invest more in the PCMH model, the need for empirical evidence identifying the features of the model that improve health outcomes and reduce costs becomes greater. The overall objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of an existing PCMH pilot implemented in the State of New Jersey on selected quality measures.
Funded by: Horizon Healthcare Innovations
Principal Investigator: Volpp
Co-investigators: Asch, Duggan, Kolstad, Pauly, Werner
Due to concerns about increasing health care costs, health insurers are looking to the field of behavioral economics to offer solutions to some of the most serious problems facing health care; obesity, medication non-adherence, and ineffective provider payment models. To this end, Horizon Healthcare Innovations established an Academic Research Consortium to address these issues. The goals of the academic research consortium is to independently study new health care and consumer engagement pilot programs. The Consortium members will advise Horizon Healthcare Innovations on pilot designs and adjustments to produce improved results in health quality, cost and patient engagement. The Consortium will test new ways of trying to improve health and address the nation's problems of high rates of growth in health care costs.
Funder: Horizon Healthcare Innovations (a Horizon BCBS subsidary)