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Congratulations to the 2018 class of Health Policy Fellows

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) is pleased to introduce its 2018 Health Policy Fellows, including six University of Michigan researchers and six Lansing-based policymakers, who recently completed a 15-week fellowship program designed to translate health research into policy. “Health researchers want their work to have impact at the community, state, and national level. And policymakers and decision …

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Study Suggests Policy Solutions Could Tame Skyrocketing Specialty Drug Costs Michigan

Prescription drug costs are the fastest growing component of total U.S. health care costs, with the increase in retail prescription drug spending (12%) outpacing overall health care spending (5%) in 2014 Spending on specialty drugs—which are used to treat complex, chronic medical conditions and typically require special handling, administration, and monitoring—is a significant component of drug spending, amounting to 22 …

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Study Shows ACA Medicaid Expansion Increased Access to Substance Use Services: Medicaid expansion particularly important in face of opioid crisis

A study released by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that the Medicaid expansion provided additional support to people who need substance use services—an increasing number of people in light of the opioid crisis. The study examined the impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on public mental health and substance use services in three demographically-similar Midwestern states: …

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Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) becomes new home for Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), an independent nonprofit impact organization housed at the University of Michigan, is the new host organization for the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA), an organization that works to advance and train community health workers across the state and achieve policies that lead to sustainable financing of CHW programs. As part of …

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CHRT to develop tool assessing capacity of statewide Choosing Wisely® efforts

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI),  received a $55,380 grant from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to develop a tool to help assess a state’s capacity to launch a statewide Choosing Wisely® campaign. An initiative of the ABIM Foundation in partnership …

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CHRT and PSC Forge Strategic Collaboration in Health Policy

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) and Public Sector Consultants (PSC), two leading organizations in health policy, are partnering to offer organizations in Michigan a new option for addressing complex policy challenges and developing innovative, actionable solutions. Through a strategic collaboration, CHRT and PSC will combine talents to bring a superior set of skills and expertise to large-scale …

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Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation names new board of directors, launches new website

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), an independent nonprofit organization housed at the University of Michigan, welcomes a new board of directors that includes representation from additional healthcare, business and policy organizations. “We are thankful for the support and direction we have received from our two founding organizations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of …

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Report: Michiganders who were underinsured in 2013 outnumbered the uninsured

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan today released a special report: The Underinsured in Michigan. The issue brief shows that in 2013, nearly 1.2 million Michigan residents with health insurance coverage had out-of-pocket medical spending that was high enough relative to income to be considered underinsured. These underinsured individuals exceeded the 1 million who …

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Costs, Not Physician Choice, Most Important Factor In Individual Health Coverage Plan Selection

A report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that individuals selecting health coverage in Michigan are making their buying decision based on costs more than choice of physicians and network size. The report, “Health Plan Selection: Factors Influencing Michiganders’ Choice of Health Insurance,” shows that consumers purchasing individual health insurance coverage were more than …

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Hospital Costs Lower in Michigan than in Indiana, Wisconsin; Michigan’s Certificate of Need Laws, Dominant Insurer Likely Contributed to Differences

A report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows substantial variation in hospital costs between Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, with Michigan as the lowest cost among the three states. Many complex factors contributed to these differences, and likely included state regulations such as Certificate of Need laws and health insurance market conditions that varied by …

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