NIHCM Foundation Research Grants
Projects Selected for Funding in 2014:
- Identifying Winners and Losers Under Proposals to Simplify Drug Plan Choice in Medicare Part D
This study will use comprehensive Medicare data and tools developed over several years of work with CMS to design and validate an analytical model of Medicare Part D plan selection. The model will then be used to estimate the impact of various proposals to reduce inefficient enrollment choices.
|Researchers:||Jonathan Ketcham, Arizona State University|
|Nicolai Kuminoff, Arizona State University|
|Chris Powers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services|
- Variations in Patient Experience with Tiered Physician Networks
This study will use data from the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission to investigate whether patient choice of physician under tiered networks varies according to demographic characteristics, health status, physician specialty or type of care being sought.
|Researcher:||Anna Sinaiko, Harvard University|
- Assessing the Impact of Integrated Care Management on Health Services Use and Costs in Medicaid
This study will use data from Virginia’s largest Medicaid managed care plan to evaluate the effects of integrated case management on health service use, cost and racial disparities. It will examine various subgroups of enrollees and differential impacts according to the type of case management used.
|Researchers:||Gloria Bazzoli, Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Lindsay Sabik, Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Patricia Carcaise-Edinboro, Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Spencer Harpe, Midwestern University|
- The Impact of Payment Reform on Physician Referrals, Patient Flows and Health Care Costs
This study will use data from the Massachusetts All Payer Claims Database to describe referral patterns across the state and to evaluate the impact of global payments on referrals and spending.
|Researchers:||Bruce Landon, Harvard University|
|Asaf Bitton, Harvard University|
|Michael Chernew, Harvard University|
|Michael Barnett, Harvard University|
|Zirui Song, Harvard University|
2013-2014 Grant Selection Process
NIHCM Foundation is making up to $150,000 available to support investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system by reducing health spending growth, enhancing quality, and/or expanding access to health insurance and health care services. Projects must advance existing knowledge in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy.
We will support two to three projects in 2014.
Winning studies will be selected using the following process:
- All interested researchers must submit a three-page letter of inquiry outlining their study idea by 5:00 PM EDT, July 19, 2013.
- Full (10-page) proposals will be invited from a small number of applicants in September 2013.
- Winners will be notified in late 2013.