Research

Evaluating the effects of Pioneer ACOs on Part D spending

  • 5/1/2015 - 4/30/2017

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: Commonwealth Foundation

 

Assessing geographic and spatial distribution of emergency medicines and modeling pharmaceutical supplies for emergency preparedness in China

  • 01/2014 - 12/2017

  • Co-investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: The National Natural Science Foundation of China

 

Optimizing Medicare Part D plan choice by beneficiaries with schizophrenia

  • 12/01/2013 - 11/30/2014

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health R21MH100721

 

Advanced Practice Provider E-Visits - AnyWhereCare

  • 09/01/2013 - 12/31/2015

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: Health Policy Institute

 

Interprofessional Acute Care for the Elderly at Magee-Womens Hospital

  • 09/01/2013 - 12/31/2015

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Health Policy Institute

 

Updating the Quality of Prescribing in Medicare

  • 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: Commonwealth Foundation

 

Evaluating the Quality of Prescribing in Medicare

  • 05/2012 - 01/2014

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang 

  • Funded by: Commonwealth Foundation

  • The goal of this project is to evaluate the quality of prescribing in Medicare by region, prescriber, and setting.

 

Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending and Promotion of High-Value Health Care

  • 02/2011 -  12/2012

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang 

  • Funded by: Institute of Medicine (Prime: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

  • Two main goals of this project are: 1) to evaluate geographic variation in pharmacy use patterns in the submarkets of Dartmouth hospital-referral regions; and 2) to evaluate the relationship between variation in medication adherence and variation in more intensive and expensive non-drug medical use. 

 

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Response to the Medicare Coverage Gap among Patients with Cardiac Diseases

  • 04/2010 - 04/2014

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R01 HS018657)

  • The goal of this project is to study whether Medicare Part D’s coverage gap affects black/Hispanic beneficiaries with cardiac diseases more severely than non-Hispanic white beneficiaries.

 

Comparing Methods to Pay for Psychotropic Medications for Medicare Beneficiaries

  • 09/01/2009 - 08/31/2012

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health (RC1 MH088510)

  • The goal of this project is to evaluate the effects of Medicare’s coverage gap on major psychiatric medication treatment and assess the most cost-effective, potentially cost-saving, methods to pay for psychiatric medications for Medicare beneficiaries with severe mental health entering the coverage gap.

 

Fill the Gap: Modeling Total Medicare Spending among Medicare Beneficiaries

  • 2009 - 2010

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: GSPH Dean’s Computational Pilot Grant, University of Pittsburgh

  • The goal of this project is to develop a dynamic simulation model to evaluate the implications of different strategies to cover medications in the doughnut hole on Medicare spending.

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Responses to the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap among Patients with Cardiac Diseases

  • 2009 - 2010

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: RAND–University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI), the Center for Minority Health, and the Section on Healthcare Disparities and International Medicine

  • The goal of this project is to evaluate how black and non-Hispanic white beneficiaries respond to Medicare’s coverage gap differently for cardiovascular medications.

 

Variation in the Use of $4 Generic Drugs Among Medicare Beneficiaries

  • 2009 - 2010

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and RAND–University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI) Translating Research into Practice Pilot Program

  • The goal of this project is to develop some understanding of variation in use of the $4 program among Medicare beneficiaries and to identify patient populations who could save substantially by switching to $4 generics drug

 

Effects of Prior Authorization among Medicaid Beneficiaries with Bipolar Disorder

  • 2009 - 2009

  • Principal Investigator of subcontract: Yuting Zhang

  • Prime funding agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation /HCFO

  • The goal of this project is to evaluate the clinical and economic effects of prior authorization policies used to control high spending of atypical antipsychotics.

 

Behavioral Responses in Medicare’s Doughnut Hole Among Complex Patients

  • 2009 - 2011

  • Principal Investigator: Yuting Zhang

  • Funded by: Office of the Provost, University of Pittsburgh

  • The goal of this project is to evaluate how patients with concurrent mental and physical chronic illnesses respond to Medicare’s coverage gap differently for psychiatric and non-psychiatric medication

 

Evaluate Economic and Clinical Effects of High-Deductible Health Plan

  • 2008 - 2009

  • Principal Investigator: Lave/Zhang

  • Funded by: Highmark Inc

  • The goal of this project is to determine factors to choose high-deductible plans and evaluate economic implications of such plans on total healthcare spending and healthcare outcomes