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.
Principle Investigators: Kevin Volpp, Shivan Mehta
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of cost-sharing reduction for colonoscopy and other preventive services among Humana beneficiaries. The Affordable Care Act mandates no preventive care cost-sharing for commercial insurance plans starting September 23, 2010 and Medicare plans starting January 1, 2011. We expect the impact of reduced cost sharing to be greater for vaccinations and mammography than for colonoscopy, given the nature of the test. The results would guide future policy by defining the role that cost-sharing has on the utilization of preventive services, as compared to patient factors and other preventive care. We also intend to study additional patient and organizational factors that affect response to cost-sharing reduction such as age, location, education, income, and race/ethnicity.
Principal Investigator: Volpp
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, Humana Inc established a Behavioral Economic Academic Consortium to address these issues. This is a consortium of experts in behavioral economics and insurance benefit design to design, implement and evaluate various behavioral economic interventions to improve health among the Humana member population. Findings from the Consortium may be applied to national health care issues.