Article of the Year Award, Academy Health 2009 for the best paper published in the area of health policy.
Ongoing Research Support
R40 (Trivedi) 4/1/15 – 3/31/18
Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
Medicaid Managed Care and the Quality of Care for Women and Children: Evaluating a Randomized Trial of Enrollment in a Medicaid-Focused or Commercial Health Insurance Plan
The proposed research is innovative and rigorous, as we employ mixed-methods and randomized trial design and assess widely-used, validated quality measures, such as ambulatory care-sensitive admission and emergency department visits, use of effective preventive services, well-child care, and recommend care processes for chronic health conditions. This research should help inform policy decisions regarding the improved organization and financing of health systems serving MCH populations in the Medicaid program. Role: Co-Investigator
R01 (Trivedi) 2/1/17 – 1/31/21
Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in ESRD
Using clinical data from all incident patients with ESRD in the United States from 2009-2018, our specific aims are: 1. Assess the effects of Medicaid expansion on pre-dialysis care for low-income incident populations; 2. Assess the impact of Medicaid expansion on post-dialysis outcomes; and 3. Evaluate early effects of Medicaid expansion on the incidence of ESRD.
Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development (Mor)
2/1/17 – 1/31/20
The Effect of Reduction and Standardization of Reimbursements in the VA Fee-Basis Program: Impact on Quality of Care and Health Outcomes
The purpose of this study is to assess how the national dialysis contract payment model changed the distribution of quality among facilities participating in the VA Fee Basis program and affected Veterans' outcomes. We will conduct a longitudinal (pre-post) retrospective cohort study of all VA-financed end-stage renal disease (ESRD) providers and patients before (pre-period: 2006-2008) and after (post-period: 2011-2016) implementation of national dialysis contracts. This study will estimate the impact of these policy changes on Veterans and to determine whether a geographically contingent, value based model for purchasing dialysis services from non-VA vendors could improve the overall outcomes experienced by Veterans requiring dialysis.
Completed Research Support
R21DK095485 Swaminathan (Principal Investigator) 9/30/11 -8/31/15
Treatment of Anemia in End Stage Renal Disease: Effect of Warnings and Incentives
In this project, the impact of two policies that have been used to curb the use of the drug Epoetin (EPO) - a drug used to treat anemia among all individuals with the End Stage Renal Disease has been evaluated
R21 AG042302-01 Swaminathan (Principal Investigator) 9/30/11 -8/31/15
Effects of Health Insurance Coverage for Preventive Care: Evidence from Medicare
In the current proposal, we seek to understand the casual impact of preventive health care measures introduced as part of the MMA. Two important changes in Medicare effective January 1,2005 were explicitly preventive in nature: i) Lipid profile blood screening tests to ascertain the risk of cardiovascular disease, and ii) Fasting glucose blood tests to screen individuals at “risk” for diabetes. Medicare fully reimbursed providers for the costs of the test.
2T32 HS000011 (Mor) 9/1/08-8/31/13
AHRQ National Research Service Award
The Specific aims of this training program are to recruit highly qualified socio-demographically diverse post- and pre-doctoral trainees. To develop scientists experienced in the use of state-of-the-art health services research methods, with specific foci in evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research, chronic disease and aging, etc. To develop scientists skilled in the communication of scientific knowledge who are able to work in multidisciplinary teams in academia, government and the private sector. To provide didactic as well as "hands on" supervised experience in research by matching trainees with externally funded research teams; and, to develop scientists equipped with the leadership skills to improve health care delivery and influence health policy. Role: Mentor
Mor (PI) 6/1/09 – 12/31/13
Sub w/Quality Partners of RI
Performance Excellence in Kidney Care
Selecting comparison samples between KCP and non-KCP dialysis facilities. Creating Baseline Mortality and Quality files for comparison. Review, Examine and Create Clinical Performance Measures and Examine Potential Composite Benchmarks. Recommend Appropriate Clinical Performance Measures.
CIN 13-419 (Friedmann) 10/1/14-9/30/15 Providence VAMC
Center of Innovation (COIN) on Long-Term Services and Support for Vulnerable Veterans
This proposed Center of Innovation (COIN) will build on our strong partnership with VA’s Geriatric and Extended Care (GEC); infrastructure developed by the GEC Data Analysis Center (GEC DAC) and HSR&D Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP); collaborations with VA LTSS researchers nationwide established through our recently-funded Long-Term Care CREATE; and long-standing collaborations with long-term care research and training programs at Brown University to facilitate partnered health services research that improves access, quality and value of LTSS for vulnerable Veterans. The goal is to conduct high-quality, partner health services research in LTSS that will benefit both Veteran and civilian populations. Role: Investigator
1 R01 AG047180-01 (Co-PI, Mor PI) 7/1/14 - 4/30/17
Emerging Role of Medicare Advantage in Nursing Home Care
To inform policy efforts to improve the quality, outcomes of care for vulnerable nursing home residents.
1RO1AD044374-02 (Co-PIM Trivedi (PI)) 6/1/13 – 5/31/16
Cost-Sharing, Use and Outcomes of Post-Acute Care in Medicare Advantage
Evaluate the impact of changes in cost-sharing on the use and outcomes of post-acute care using a quasi-experimental research design and a national sample of Medicare enrollees in managed care plans.