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In The Media, State of Reform: Nancy Baum’s Q&A with “State of Reform”

Nancy Baum, CHRT’s health policy directory answered a Q&A for “State of Reform.” She discusses CHRT’s latest research projects, behavioral health legislation, and the future of Medicaid enrollment in Michigan.

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Dr. Renu Tipirneni

Medicaid expansion expert Dr. Renu Tipirneni to join CHRT Board of Directors

Since 2015, Dr. John Z. Ayanian has been an active and engaged member of CHRT’s Board of Directors. After two consecutive terms of service, Ayanian will step down from the role this month. CHRT is deeply grateful for Ayanian’s service and pleased to report that Dr. Renuka Tipirneni has been chosen to replace Ayanian on the board.  “As a medical …

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CHRT Health Policy Fellows

CHRT announces its new class of Health Policy Fellows

We’re pleased to announce that the 2022 cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows has been selected. These fellows will complete a four-month curriculum designed to build bridges between Michigan’s academic health researchers, nonprofit health leaders, and policymakers in Lansing.  The 2022 CHRT Health Policy Fellows are: Policymakers Eva Cline – Policy Advisor, Michigan State House Republicans Brianna Egan – Legislative …

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CHRT welcomes new staff with expertise in integration, communication and graphic design, program evaluation, and administration

The Center for Health and Research Transformation is happy to welcome new staff with backgrounds in integration, graphic design, program evaluation, administration, and communication. Sharon Kim – Associate Director Sharon Kim is an associate director at CHRT. She supports CHRT’s growing work focused on health equity and the integration of clinical and social services through interventions powered by information and …

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Concentrate, In The Media: Reflecting on the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s 10 year anniversary

A new article in On the Ground Ypsilanti reflects on ten years of Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) accomplishments. The Washtenaw Health Initiative is a voluntary collaboration to improve the health of low-income, uninsured, under-insured, and underrepresented people in Washtenaw County. Co-sponsored by Michigan Medicine and the St. Joseph Mercy Health System and supported by the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), the Washtenaw Health …

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We’re launching a community integrated health network for senior services in Southeast Michigan and beyond

The Center for Health and Research Transformation at the University of Michigan has recently received grants from the federal Administration for Community Living and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation to expand and enhance a local collaborative that provides medically tailored meals, and referrals to home and community-based services, to vulnerable seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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In The Media, State of Reform: Nancy Baum on Medicaid funding for Certified Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC)

State of Reform quoted Nancy Baum, health policy director for the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), in an article by Patrick Jones on funding for Certified Community Behavioral  Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Published October 19, 2021, the article reports on a press conference announcing that thirteen Michigan CCBHCs will be fully funded by Medicaid in the same way that …

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Here’s to administration: How a wonky thing like backbone support is improving one county’s homeless response system

“When the typical homeless client is entering a shelter, they’re probably having the worst day of their life,” says Andrew Kraemer,  Washtenaw County Continuum of Care (CoC) data and evaluation specialist.  One new strategy that organizations in Washtenaw County are using to help clients on that worst day is diversion.  Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC) and the Shelter Association …

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Insurance companies are no longer waiving cost-sharing for COVID hospitalizations. Seems fair to me.

By Melissa Riba, director of research and evaluation, Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, insurers stopped charging their members for COVID-related hospitalizations.  Partly, that was just common sense. Charging copays and deductibles in the middle of a global pandemic–when people were sick and worried and losing their jobs–would have discouraged people …

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