My main research stream is in health economics, specifically in the following three areas:
1) Health and economic outcomes related to insurance plan design, medical management programs, and patient incentives.
2) The behavioral economics of incentives on plan selection, health and wellness program participation, and lifestyle-related health risks
3) Multi-sector health care systems modeling and simulation.
I hope to continue with this line of research as an InCHIP Affiliate, related to an Ideas Lab Pilot I participated in last month. My career as a Medical Economist in the non-academic world provides a strong skill set, knowledge, and motivation for such projects. In my Medical Economist roles for Managed Care Organizations, I worked in multidisciplinary teams (clinicians, psychologists, epidemiologists, etc.) to research and analyze medical management outcomes problems from ideation to modeling and empirical testing.
As a business sector health economist and researcher, I conducted numerous publishing quality studies of health and economic outcomes related to wellness, electronic medical records and various types of medical management programs. These were for both commercial health care and for Medicare and Medicaid populations.
I have a strong, diverse skill set in areas of modeling, data handling, and empirical testing are resources I hope to apply with InChip projects, and I am very motivated and comfortable working in interdisciplinary research teams.
I am very motivated entering my second year as an Assistant Professor IR, and InCHIP research projects are a natural complement to my teaching, curricula and advising responsibilities in the Finance Department. My specific academic role as Director of Healthcare Management and Insurance Studies provides further experience and resources that are consistent with InCHIP’s Mission.
Ph.D. in Health Economics, University of Connecticut, 2007
MA in Economics, University of Connecticut, 1986
“Impact of Vendor Outreach on End-of-Life Hospice Utilization: Retrospective observational study, with historical controls”, Anthem internal, December 2015.
“Impact of Behavioral Modification Program on Substance Use Disorder Population: Retrospective observational study”, Anthem internal, December 2015.
“Randomized Control Trial of Vendor Outreach on Emergency Room Utilization: Prospective study”, Anthem internal, November 2014.
“Impact of Vendor Outreach on Pharmacy Adherence: Retrospective observational study”, Anthem internal, December 2013.
“Mind-body Stress Reduction in the Workplace: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, Acknowledged in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Vol 17(2), Apr 2012, 246-258.
“Impact of Disease Management Programs on Medicare Beneficiaries’ HEDIS Outcomes and Drug Adherence”, Aetna internal, March 2013.
“Impact of Coach-based Wellness Programs on Health and Economic Outcomes: Retrospective observational study”, Aetna internal, March 2011.
“Results of Smoking Cessation Program: Retrospective observational study”, Aetna internal, March 2011.
“Relationship between Body Mass Index and Health Care Costs: Multivariate regression analysis”, Aetna internal, April 2011.
“Impact of Personal Health Record Use on Health and Economic Outcomes: Retrospective observational study”, Aetna internal, June 2010, September 2011.
“Impact of Financial Incentives on Disease Management Program Participation: Retrospective observational study”, Aetna internal, June 2010.
“Randomized Control Trial of Diabetes Mailing Interventions: Prospective study”, Aetna internal, February 2010.
“Impact of Financial Incentives on Health Risk Appraisal Participation: Retrospective observational study”, Aetna internal, March 2009.
“Integrated Health Program Participation and Health Outcomes: Retrospective observational study”, Aetna internal, March 2008.
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