The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research is home to a robust program of health services research that applies a population health perspective to the complex factors and processes that shape utilization and outcomes of health services and treatments in the health care system. The Center's mission is to conduct high-quality health services research that addresses critical issues influencing population health, providing actionable insights that can help improve healthcare processes and outcomes in large usual-care populations. The work of the Center emphasizes care for disadvantaged populations and those receiving publicly funded care through Medicaid and Medicare. Center studies address healthcare challenges as health system responses to the opioid epidemic; predictors and sequelae of opioid overdoses; quality, outcomes and improvement of care for persons with severe mental illness; treatment for children with behavioral health disorders; treatment of Medicaid beneficiaries with multiple chronic behavioral health and medical conditions; safe pharmacological management of individuals with dementia; quality of nursing home care; use and outcomes of psychotropic drugs in large usual-care populations; and many other issues at the intersection of health services, public policy, epidemiology, behavioral health, and other systems and disciplines. This work has significantly impacted practice patterns in areas that include safe and judicious use of antipsychotic medications for children and the elderly; use of evidence-based practices in care of persons with severe mental illness; and other aspects of health services.
The Center brings multidisciplinary perspectives to the study of how health policies, organizational structures and processes, community and social factors, financing systems, health technologies, and health behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and the outcomes of such care. The Center's studies aim to provide new insights into use, quality, disparities, and outcomes of care provided to large publicly funded beneficiary populations. Most Center studies utilize large administrative healthcare datasets, including national and state Medicaid data linked with community characteristics, facility, other contextual and outcome data including mortality, to provide a better understanding of the use and outcomes of pharmacotherapies, psychosocial, and other interventions in populations with behavioral health needs, including the impact of new organizational models, payment systems, care integration programs, and quality improvement initiatives on these processes and outcomes.
The CHSR seeks to broaden its capacity to contribute important new knowledge to inform effective health policies by recruiting an experienced scholar to join its leadership team. Candidates are sought who bring deep expertise in one or more areas relevant to health services research, such as Medicaid policies, service utilization and outcomes; substance abuse and its treatment; mental health services including children or those with severe mental illness; models of integrated care for behavioral health and primary medical care; treatment of individuals with complex comorbidities; gerontological health care; statistical methods for the evaluation of
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