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 Investigator: Jonathan Kolstad
Understand Health Insurance and Policy Using Massachusetts Health Reform
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigators: Jonathan Kolstad, Katherine Milkman
This Penn-CMU Roybal Center on Behavioral Economics and Health pilot project aims to assess the relative effectiveness of targeted health reminders. The study will test whether targeted reminder mailings encouraging engagement in various health measures systematically increase individual take-up of a recommended health behavior and whether encouraging engagement in preventative health measures using these reminders leads to improved health and/or lower health costs down the road.
Funder: National Institute on Aging
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.
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)