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Bridge Magazine, In The Media: For independent, rural hospitals, coronavirus may pose an existential threat. Udow-Phillips explains.

In “Rural Michigan hospitals say coronavirus may soon force some to close,” Marianne Udow-Phillips, executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation at the University of Michigan, describes the thin cash margins of independent, rural hospitals and why they’re so vulnerable during this coronavirus epidemic. To slow the spread of the virus, elective surgeries and procedures have been …

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ABC News, In The Media: Udow-Phillips praises state leaders on the actions they’re taking to combat the spread of coronavirus

Marianne Udow-Phillips As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, U.S. leaders in our nation’s capital have struggled to roll out a national plan of action writes ABC News reporter Ivan Pereira in “State governors taking lead on coronavirus precautions as federal government works to define plan.” Marianne Udow-Phillips, founding executive director of CHRT, tells ABC News that state leaders …

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CHRT News: CHRT to join the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s Equitable Evaluation Initiative Collaboratory this April

In partnership with the Equitable Evaluation Initiative, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is working to build our state’s evaluation ecosystem. Over the next several months, CHRT and selected Health Fund grantees will explore Michigan health equity evaluation as part of a collaboratory that brings philanthropy, nonprofit, and consultant partners together, bridging the unique perspectives of each area. In the first …

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In The Media, MLive: Bartholomew discusses the healthcare system changes proposed by Democratic presidential candidates

Ryan Bartholomew, a health policy analyst at CHRT, offers insight on the different approaches to improving our healthcare system proposed by Presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in “How Democratic Presidential candidates want to change health care.” “The largest benefit is if you are a fan of the private health insurance marketplace,” says Bartholomew of Biden’s proposal. “If you …

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CHRT News: Working remotely to stem the spread of coronavirus, but fully operational and looking forward to hearing from you

To stem the spread of coronavirus, CHRT staff members are working remotely and have moved our team, client, and work group meetings to telephone and virtual platforms. However, we are fully operational throughout this crisis and are always happy to speak with our clients and colleagues. To reach key administrative staff, email chrt-info@umich.edu. Or connect with our individual staff members …

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Crain's Detroit Business, In The Media: Udow-Phillips discusses Michigan proposal to create Medicaid transformation office, move to a more “value-based” system

Marianne Udow-Phillips, CHRT’s founding executive director, shares her reaction to Michigan’s proposal to create a new Medicaid transformation office to move Medicaid toward a more “value-based” reimbursement system. “The Michigan Medicaid program now performs pretty well on the cost side of the equation, but where are those areas for improvement?” asks Udow-Phillips. “We do not do well on infant mortality. …

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CHRT News: Michigan Health Endowment Fund releases national directory of recommended evaluation partners, including CHRT

“Evaluation can be a powerful tool to inform decision-making and ensure that scarce resources are used effectively,” writes the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in a recently released directory of evaluation partners that includes the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT). The document lists 27 consulting firms–some in Michigan, others in California, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC–that the …

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CHRT News: What’s new at CHRT: New projects that focus on integration, work requirements reporting, and mental health

CHRT’s latest e-news features findings from recently completed research on behavioral health workforce issues in rural communities and what states are doing to address them; an introduction to our ninth cohort of health policy fellows; information about new projects that focus on integration, work requirements, and mental health; a blog from our director of research and evaluation on what we’ve …

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CHRT News: Ninth cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows features diverse views, backgrounds, expertise, and more

On January 30, the ninth cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows will begin a four-month curriculum designed to build bridges between Michigan’s health researchers and policymakers. The curriculum includes the history of health care in America, Affordable Care Act implementation and impact in Michigan, value-based insurance design, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services priorities, collaborative quality initiatives, health care …

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The Atlantic: Moniz in The Atlantic: The High Cost of Having a Baby in America

“This is the kind of money that causes people to go into debt.” CHRT Health Policy Fellow Dr. Michelle Moniz Research by Michelle Moniz, a 2018 CHRT Health Policy Fellow, is cited in “The High Cost of Having a Baby in America” by Olga Khazan for The Atlantic. Vaginal deliveries, the researchers found, cost women an average of about $4,314 …

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