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The following list provides information on research projects currently underway at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. To help you navigate, projects are classified by focus area and include the project name, funder, a brief description, and a link if you would like to request additional information.

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Health System Performance Improvement

  • The Role of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in Healthcare Disparities among Adults in Medicaid

    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD/NIH)

    There is ample evidence that homelessness is associated with inadequate access to essential health services and that African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and rural populations are at high risk for homelessness or its consequences. However, there is insufficient knowledge about gaps in use of specific health services among homeless adults, whether such gaps are greater among minority and rural populations, and the potential of permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs to mitigate the gaps. This study aims to: 1) quantify the contribution of homelessness to gaps in essential health services use among Medicaid beneficiaries by race/ethnicity and rural residential status; 2) evaluate the extent to which the gaps are mitigated by placement in PSH programs; and 3) identify Medicaid and PSH policy and programmatic strategies for improving access to essential health services and reducing associated racial/ethnic and rural disparities. The project is being led by investigators from the Center for State Health Policy in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and Monarch Housing Associates.

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  • New Jersey Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark Program

    New Jersey Department of Human Services, Office of Health Care Affordability and Transparency

    On January 28, 2021 New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 217 which directs the Office of Health Care Affordability and Transparency and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance to lead efforts to identify opportunities across all sectors to advance the shared goals of improved health care affordability, accessibility, and transparency. To advance this work, New Jersey is taking part in the Peterson-Milbank Program for Sustainable Health Care Costs, launched by the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Milbank Memorial Fund. The program supports state-led activities that engage cross-sector stakeholders in designing, adopting, and implementing policies to measure health care costs and set state-wide health care cost growth rate benchmarks. Rutgers Center for State Health Policy is providing analytic and strategic guidance in support of the State’s efforts, including offering staff support to inform the convening of an Interagency Health Care Affordability Working Group and an external Health Care Affordability Advisory Group.

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  • Mapping Maternal Health in New Jersey

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Policies for Action (P4A) Program

    In spite of its comparatively low poverty rate and high average income, NJ has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate with large geographic and racial/ethnic disparities. To conduct research addressing this issue, Rutgers Assistant Professor of Social Work Felix Muchomba received a highly competitive award from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program intended to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in policy and law research among early career investigators. In this project Dr. Muchomba is using linked NJ birth and hospital utilization data to examine policy levers that have the potential to improve maternal health and reduce disparities. CSHP Director Joel Cantor serves as career mentor to Dr. Muchomba.

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  • Evaluation of the New Jersey FamilyCare Comprehensive Demonstration

    New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services

    Medicaid demonstration waivers authorize states to test innovative strategies for improving services, even when the innovations depart from federal program standards. The NJ Medicaid program has designated CSHP to conduct the federally required evaluation of its comprehensive waiver. In this project, CSHP is studying the impact of waiver policy changes on patient access to care, quality of care, and costs. The policy changes include: 1) a shift of long-term services and supports (LTSS) from fee-for-service payment to the package of services for which Medicaid managed care plans are responsible; 2) expansion of income eligibility and administrative simplifications for beneficiaries in enrolling managed LTSS; 3) provision of additional home and community-based services, and expansion of eligibility for these services among children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and severe emotional disturbance; 4) implementation of premium assistance for Medicaid beneficiaries who have access to employer-sponsored health insurance; 5) expansion of access to and benefits for substance use disorder services; and 6) the extension of the NJ Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment hospital population health improvement program. The evaluation design utilizes both quantitative and qualitative techniques including analysis of Medicaid claims and managed care encounter data, and stakeholder interviews.

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