Dr. Jamie Daw, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, was awarded a Health Data 4 Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation research grant to examine current postpartum care models and reimbursement policies. The new program supports innovative research that uses large health care datasets to answer important, policy-relevant research questions. The project will produce the first national research to analyze patterns in postpartum care. Findings will help inform the development of policies and clinical guidelines that better meet the health needs of new mothers.
The new project arrives on the heels of mounting concern for the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the country. The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, with roughly 700 women dying from pregnancy-related complications every year.
Dr. Daw’s research focuses on the impact of state and federal policies on access to care for women and families in the period surrounding childbirth. Her work has been published in leading medical, health services, and policy research journals including JAMA, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Health Affairs, and the Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law.
A co-investigator is Dr. Maria Steenland, a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. Drs. Daw and Steenland will work with an interdisciplinary team to advance the understanding of current practices and the related costs to patients using insurance claims data from the Health Care Cost Initiative (HCCI), a national sample of roughly 50 million commercially insured individuals.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 20