The SHARE Quarterly Update features news about the SHARE grant program, SHARE-funded research, and SHARE grantees.
SHARE Quarterly Update: April - June 2015
August 4th Webinar: Innovative Benefit Design for Connecticut State Employees
SHARE and the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan ("V-BID Center") will co-host a webinar on August 4th at 12pm Eastern. The webinar will feature findings from a SHARE-funded evaluation of Connecticut's Health Enhancement Program (HEP), an innovative benefit design for state employees and retirees based on V-BID principles.Richard Hirth and A. Mark Fendrick of the V-BID center, who conducted the evaluation, will discuss the impact of HEP on the clinical process measures that the program targets. They will be joined byTom Woodruff, Director of Healthcare Policy and Benefit Services at the Office of the Connecticut State Comptroller, who will speak about Connecticut's adoption and implementation of HEP from the state's perspective. Learn more and register.
Tal Gross in NBER and The Hill: Each Uninsured Person Costs Hospitals $900 a Year
Tal Gross of Columbia University released an NBER working paper highlighting findings from his SHARE-funded study of the effect of public health insurance on the hospital industry. The paper, which Dr. Gross co-authored with Northwestern University's Craig Garthwaite and Matthew Notowidigdo, uses 28 years of previously confidential, hospital-level financial data compiled by the American Hospital Association to examine the relationship between hospital uncompensated care costs and the size of the uninsured population. The researchers found that each additional uninsured person costs local hospitals $900 each year in uncompensated care. These findings were highlighted in an op-ed by Dr. Gross in The Hill's Congress Blog and were covered by USA Today and Modern Healthcare
SHARE Overview and Reach, 2015
A new report from SHARE provides a high-level look at the history and reach of the grant program since its 2006 launch. During this time, SHARE has awarded $8.9 million in research grants supporting 43 projects that have analyzed topics ranging from consumer behavior to employer coverage strategies to Medicaid/CHIP innovations. Researchers leading these projects have generated over 200 products as of June 2015, including reports, presentations, briefs, and peer-reviewed publications, and SHARE-funded research has been consulted and/or cited by national associations, the federal government and federal agencies, research organizations and think tanks, and a variety of state agencies. Accompanying this report are two additional documents: one providing historical grant award information and a second providing details about the most recently awarded SHARE grants.
SHARE Presentations at the AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting
A number of researchers presented finding from SHARE-funded projects at the 2015 ARM and at the State Health Research and Policy Interest Group meeting preceding the full conference. Sarah Gollust (University of Minnesota), Richard Hirth (University of Michigan),Karin Rhodes (University of Pennsylvania), Jill Rissi (Portland State University), and Erin Taylor(RAND) each presented at the full conference. Karen Brodsky (Health Management Associates),Angela Fertig (Medica Research Institute), Sara Gollust, and Erin Taylor presented at the Interest Group meeting. Slides from the following presentations are available online:
Richard Hirth is Principal Investigator on a SHARE-funded project to evaluate the impact of value-based insurance design (V-BID) for Connecticut state employees and retirees. Dr. Hirth is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan and Research Director at the University's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design. His research interests include topics such as the role of not-for-profit providers in health care markets, health insurance, and long-term care. Learn more.
Gollust, S. June 15, 2015. "Search and Ye Shall Find? Relationship between Market-Level Google Searchers and Health Insurance." Presentation. Minneapolis, MN: AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting.
Gollust, S. June 13, 2015. "Geographic Variation in Media Messages abou tthe First ACA Open Enrollment Period, 2013-2014." Presentation. Minneapolis, MN: 2015 State Health Policy and Research Interest Group Meeting.
Hirth, R. June 15, 2015. "The Clinical and Economic Impact of an Innovative 'Clinically-Nuanced' Benefit Design for Connecticut State Employees." Presentation. Minneapolis, MN: AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting.
Rhodes, K.V. June 15, 2015. "Patient-Centered Medical Homes reduce Healthcare Costs and Hospitalization among Medicaid Patients with Medical and Behavioral Heatlh Comorbidities." Presentation. Minneapolis, MN: AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting.
Rissi, J. June 15, 2015. " Achieving the Triple Aim in Oregon: Early Effects of Coordinated Care Organizations." Presentation. Minneapolis, MN: AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting.
Taylor, E. June 15, 2015. "Specialty Drug Benefit Design and Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs in the ACA Health Insurance Exchanges." Presentation. Minneapolis, MN: AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.