Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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This webinar, co-hosted by NIHCM Foundation and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, explored ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, including the impact of the ACA on dental insurance options; strategies to integrate dental screenings and referrals into prenatal care; and efforts to educate pregnant women on dental care.


Health Care Delivery

Less than one in five patients reports having seen information comparing prices and quality across health plans or providers, and the burden of health care spending continues to mount. This webinar will highlight strategies to guide consumers toward high-value health care.


The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is projected to grow by 31 percent in just a decade, and while rapid scientific advances are increasing survival, they’re also adding cost and complexity to treatment decisions. This webinar explored new ways to deliver and pay for cancer care.


This Research Insights summarizes findings from a study showing that a patient is more likely to choose a hospital that owns her doctor’s practice - even if the costs are higher and the quality lower than at other local hospitals.


Nearly half of all U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow, with projections showing as many as 8,800 fewer OB-GYNs practicing than will be needed in 2020. This webinar explored what’s driving shortages and share promising solutions.

Parikh RB, Elfiky A, Pany MJ, Obermeyer Z

This paper demonstrates how machine learning techniques can be applied to data from electronic health records to predict mortality for patients initiating chemotherapy. The model’s predictions performed better than mortality estimates derived from randomized trials of specific treatment regimens. The work holds promise for possible adoption in clinical settings as a tool that can improve shared decision making about chemotherapy initiation.

Lakin JR, Robinson RG, Bernacki RE, Powers BW, et al.

As part of the work to investigate ways to identify primary care patients who are at high risk, this analysis explored the predictive power of asking physicians whether they would be surprised if the patient died in the next 12 months. Though this question in isolation failed to identify the majority of patients who subsequently died in that time frame, physician predictions were more strongly associated with 1-year mortality than other known correlates such as patient age and comorbidities, suggesting that incorporating this physician judgement into more advanced predictive algorithms may be a fruitful direction for future research.

Baker LC, Bundorf MK, Kessler DP

This NIHCM-sponsored research showed that when physicians are in practices that are owned by a hospital, their patients are more likely to be admitted to that hospital than to other hospitals, even if its costs are higher and its quality is lower.


A NIHCM Foundation Journalism grant supports the development of an interactive, multi-media project to educate the public on antimicrobial resistance, including the extent of the problem, the potential solutions and the need for policy to address the crisis.