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Maryland: Researcher Awarded NIH Grant to Study Payment Models and Care Coordination Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Treatment

Dr. Jie Chen, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, received a National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities award to support research to reduce health disparities among people with risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), and improve treatment for people with ADRD. Because people with Alzheimer’s disease are at increased risk for hospitalization, alternative payment models to reimburse providers have been explored to reduce costs and encourage care coordination for these high-risk patients.

The new $363,902 award is a supplement to Dr. Chen’s NIH R01 award for her “System-level Multidisciplinary Integration for popuLation health and Equity” (SMILE) project and supports her long term goal to determine the optimal payment model to encourage and sustain hospital-community integration to promote population health and reduce health disparities.

Dr. Chen’s studies have shown evidence of the effectiveness of care coordination, and how care coordination varies under differing payment models. Her team, with expertise in healthcare systems, aging, disparities, and ADRD research, is committed to investigate hospital use and quality among ADRD patients under various combinations of hospital payment models and care coordination strategies. She believes that appropriately designed hospital payment models can promote hospital-based care coordination for ADRD patients, and be tailored for people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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