PAMF Research Institute Receives $100,000 Grant to Study Health Care Payment
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute received a $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Program on Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization.
With this grant funding, Dr. Harold ‘Hal’ Luft, Director of the PAMF Research Institute, will oversee the research team that studies what resources and what types of physicians are involved in treating episodes of care commonly seen in outpatient settings, and will then focus on determining how “bundled payments” might be implemented.
“We will examine some episodes that have a clear beginning point, such as ankle fracture, and others that are ongoing chronic problems, such as diabetes, in which the ‘episode’ is continuous,” Dr. Luft explained. “Our study is made feasible by our access to hundreds of thousands of de-identified electronic health records of Palo Alto Medical Foundation patients. The results will help inform the national discussion of how to improve health care delivery.”
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