Active Projects

CHPRE’s Current Research Grants and Support

Evaluation of CareFirst’s Patient Centered Medical Home Program, $5.4m, Jan 2013- Dec 2017.  This project entails econometric analysis of claims and enrollment files, surveys of physicians and patients, and in-depth interviews with participating providers plus key CareFirst staff.  Principal Investigator  is Len M. Nichols.  Collaborators include 6 GMU Faculty: Gilbert Gimm, Lorens Helmchen, Alison Cueller, Kalahn Taylor-Clark, Margie Rodan and Iwona Kicinger; 2 Graduate Research Assistants, Sriteja Burla and Brad Kells; Alan Newman Research of Richmond, Virginia, and Dr. Jay Want, MD, of Denver, Colorado.

Technical Assistance to the Department of Medical Assistance, $245,000, June 2014 – May 2015.  This project is to use DMAS data and general analytic methods to support Virginia institutions as they apply for federal payment and delivery reform grants.  Principal Investigator is Len M. Nichols.  Also includes GRA Kyung Min Lee.

Using Payment Reform to Reduce Ethnic Health Disparities Among an Uninsured Population, $488,000, Oct 2014-Oct 2017.  This project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with Fairfax County and Molina Health Care, who operates the Community Health Care Network clinics for the county, will test whether provider payment reform can engender more equal performance on the management of targeted clinical conditions.  Principal Investigator is Len M. Nichols.  In collaboration with GMU faculty Kalahn Taylor-Clark, and GRA Steven Petzinger.

Support of Virginia’s State Innovation Model Grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, $167,000, Feb 2015-January 2016.  This project is to produce a Health Improvement Plan for the Commonwealth that CMS/CMMI will fund the implementation of in the following 4, and GMU’s part is to play a leading role in the payment reform and evaluation designs.  The Principal Investigator is Beth Bortz of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation in Richmond, and Len M. Nichols is the PI of the GMU portion of this $2.7m grant.  GRAs Kyung-Min Lee and Maryam Mohammad will support this effort.

America’s Health Insurance Plans, $45,000 to support general CHPRE activities and Issue Briefs.   CHPRE produces issue briefs on timely topics from time to time and AHIP’s grant will make this easier by supporting policy research assistance in 2014-15.

Since 2010 and until the current time, CHPRE has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Department of Medical Assistance Services of the Commonwealth of Virginia.