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Health Policy Research

In NYU Langone’s Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science, we conduct health services research to understand how local, regional, and national health policies and policymaking affect patient health outcomes. We are conducting research projects in several key health policy–related areas.

The Impact of Hospital Consolidation on Care Access, Quality, and Disparities for Low‐Income Populations: Evidence from New York Medicaid

This National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation–funded project studies the impact of hospital consolidation on healthcare access, quality, and disparities for low-income populations. Policymakers, payers, and researchers have expressed significant concern over rapid consolidation in the healthcare delivery system, but the discussion to date has largely focused on impacts for privately insured and Medicare beneficiaries. Sunita M. Desai, PhD, is the principal investigator.

Understanding Hospital Value: Provider, Hospital, and Community Effects

This AHRQ-funded grant helps us explore provider, hospital, and community factors affecting the value (quality and cost) of inpatient care. A better understanding of what drives high-value care will help hospitals across the United States to more rapidly transform to a value-based healthcare system, improving healthcare quality and cost for all Americans. Leora Horwitz, MD, MHS, is the principal investigator. Collaboration with NYU Langone trainees and faculty is welcomed. Please email Sarah Tsuruo at with project ideas.

Selected Health Policy Research Publications

Blecker S … Horwitz LI. Seasonal variation in readmission risk for patients hospitalized with cardiopulmonary conditions. J Gen Intern Med. 2018. DOI.

Desai S … McWilliams JM. Consequences of the 340B drug pricing program. N Engl J Med. 2018. DOI.

Horwitz LI … Herrin J. Hospital characteristics associated with postdischarge hospital readmission, observation, and emergency department utilization. Med Care. 2018. DOI.

Desai S … Mehrotra A. Offering a price transparency tool did not reduce overall spending among California public employees and retirees. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017. DOI.

Dharmarajan K … Krumholz HM. Association of changing hospital readmission rates with mortality rates after hospital discharge. JAMA. 2017. DOI.

Horwitz LI … Lin Z. Hospital characteristics associated with risk-standardized readmission rates. Med Care. 2017. DOI.

Krumholz HM … Normand ST. Hospital-readmission risk—Isolating hospital effects from patient effects. N Engl J Med. 2017. DOI.

Desai NR … Horwitz LI. Association between hospital penalty status under the hospital readmission reduction program and readmission rates for target and nontarget conditions. JAMA. 2016. DOI.

Dharmarajan K … Bernheim SM. Declining admission rates and thirty-day readmission rates positively associated even though patients grew sicker over time. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016. DOI.