Impact of health policy on healthcare systems
My motivation for working in healthcare decision problems arises from and will be supported the establishment of the new U.S. healthcare system. I am particularly interested in healthcare policy and how hospitals and clinics adapt their operational policies and procedures in response to the new patient-centered health focus established by the Affordable Care Act. I intend to develop CAREER and NIH New Investigator proposals around this topic that use stochastic programming and multi-method simulation modeling. The uncertainty in patient recovery rates and future health policies, and the high variability of post-acute care costs provide rich opportunities for my research.
I have most recently studied how the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) impacts health policy and the behavior of hospitals and post-acute care facilities. My initial work in this area has been a collaboration on the development and analysis of a Hospital-Insurer game theoretic penalty-incentive model to reduce hospital readmissions. I am now studying the impact of HRRP and other health policies on the flow of patients to post-acute care facilities.