HCCI and NASHP Announce State Health Policy Grant Recipients

For Immediate Release: March 5, 2015


For HCCI: Maya Brod, 301-280-5757 mbrod@burness.com For NASHP: Lesa Rair, 202-903-2785 lrair@nashp.org

Research teams will analyze how states are implementing health system reforms

The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) have announced the recipients of the State Health Policy Grant Program. The program has selected five research projects that will analyze state health reform initiatives and policy trends. The ultimate goal of the grant program is to evaluate and report on state health policy initiatives, with the overall purpose of improving the value delivered by the U.S. health care system. HCCI and NASHP convened an independent committee of health policy experts to review submitted grant proposals. The grant recipients include:

  • University of California, Berkeley (Dr. Timothy Brown, Dr. James Robinson, and Christopher Whaley): “The Effect of Reference Based Benefits on State Healthcare Expenditures”
  • University of California, San Francisco (PI: Dr. Ulrike Muench): “The Effect of State Scope of Practice Laws on Pharmaceutical Utilization”
  • University of Chicago (PI: Dr. Rena Conti): “The Impact of Provider Consolidation on Outpatient Cancer Care Spending”
  • University of Colorado Denver (Co-PIs: Drs. Benjamin Miller and Lynn VanderWielen): “An Evaluation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Provision of Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services”
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (PI: Dr. Jim Stimpson): “State-Level Analysis of Telehealth Policies”

“Future action in health care reform will occur largely at the state level,” Trish Riley, Executive Director at NASHP, explained. “State policymakers implementing reforms need research like this to inform their thinking, offer models, and share real world lessons from other states’ experience.”

Each research team will receive a grant of up to $150,000 and will have access to HCCI’s repository of commercial claims data for over 50 million insured Americans – one of the largest private health insurance claims databases of its kind.

“Currently, we have limited information on the effects of health care reforms happening at the state level,” said HCCI Executive Director David Newman. “This grant program is funding data-driven research that will build a knowledge base about state reforms, and serve as a resource for policymakers and consumers alike.”

The grant program is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), a private foundation that has committed more than $25 million dollars to organizations that are working to improve value in the health care system.

“These research projects will help to identify key health care reforms that are delivering promising results,” LJAF Vice President of Venture Development Kelli Rhee explained. “Once we have a better understanding of what works, we can then replicate and scale those models as part of a broader effort to lower costs and improve the quality of patient care across the United States.”

More detailed descriptions on the winning research projects can be found here: http://www.healthcostinstitute.org/state-health-policy-grant-program


About the Health Care Cost Institute

The Health Care Cost Institute was launched in 2011 to promote independent, nonpartisan research and analysis on the causes of the rise in U.S. health spending. HCCI is governed by a board that includes distinguished economists, actuaries and health care experts. For more information, visit www.healthcostinstitute.org or follow us on Twitter @healthcostinst.

About the National Academy for State Health Policy

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers who are dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health policy issues.

About the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

LJAF is a private foundation committed to producing substantial, widespread, and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society. Its strategic investments are currently focused on criminal justice, education, public accountability, and research integrity. LJAF has offices in Houston and New York City. For more information, visit www.arnoldfoundation.org