Health Policy Research

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A Nationally Recognized Health Policy Research Team

Our health policy and economics faculty partner with health insurers, hospitals, physicians groups, state and federal government agencies, and public health entities to research program and policy evaluations, comparative-/cost-effectiveness, and outcomes research. Our team is nationally recognized and has an active multimillion dollar, extramural funding portfolio.

Supporting Institutions

  • Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
  • American Institutes for Research
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Fairfax County
  • Jeffress Trust
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Science and Technology
  • PNC Foundation
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
  • Westat Inc.

Current Research

Payment Incentives

Hospital Hallway
  • How should insurers, physicians, and hospitals be paid to achieve population health, quality, and efficiency goals?
  • What is the effect of payment models for new entities such as accountable care organizations (ACO) and primary care medical homes?

Consumer Demand for Health Care

Students at Clinic
  • How can we encourage consumers to utilize more of some services and fewer of others?
  • What is the impact of providing incentives to consumers to improve their health behavior, such as diabetes management or weight loss?
  • What is the impact of providing more information on quality or cost of health services on the decisions that consumers make with respect to their own care?

Quality and Malpractice

Courtroom
  • What is the effect of non-medical exemptions to state school immunization laws on vaccine-targeted diseases?
  • How can incentives be used to improve care coordination for patients?
  • What approaches are used to mitigate malpractice, and how effective are they?
  • Does tort law improve the health of newborns?

Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care

Wheelchair
  • How should long-term care be financed?
  • What are the policy implications of enrolling beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid into integrated acute and long-term care health plans?
  • Can early interventions help adults with disabilities return to work or continue working?
  • How do family leave laws affect caring for elder parents?

Access and Financing

Finance pie chart
  • What is the effect on health outcomes from geographic variation in Medicare expenditures?
  • What is the impact of enrolling people with chronic conditions in new forms of insurance, such as capitated plans?
  • What is the effect of expanding Medicaid coverage on care received by adult males, those with HIV, or those with addiction disorders?