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Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics Research

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. 

Basic Science Core Request for Applications

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.



Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics Research Studies

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Evaluation of a Patient-Centered Medical Home

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