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Member Research & Reports

Yale: Study to Investigate Cardiovascular Care for Low-Income Patients

Cardiovascular disease remains one of the most prevalent diseases among the adult population and disproportionately affects low-income populations. With a $1.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Yale School of Public Health assistant professor Dr. Chima Ndumele is conducting a randomized natural experiment to estimate the causal effect of Medicaid physician network design on patterns of treatment, use, and health outcomes for low-income individuals with cardiovascular diseases. The study will determine how two features of Medicaid managed care networks — physician breadth and turnover — impact whether recipients receive recommended care. The goal of the project is to inform state Medicaid programs and managed care organizations how to better structure care delivery in order to improve cardiovascular care and outcomes for low-income individuals.