May 2016

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HRR MapInteractive Map: Potential Savings from Reference Pricing for Colonoscopy Procedures by HRR (click here or on image above) 

Hover over a Hospital Referral Region (HRR) on the map to see the projected savings along with the key predictive market parameters used.  HRR Map Data Table.

For project details, visit Current Projects: Reference Pricing.

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BCHT Director's Message - 2016

BCHT is powering into 2016 with our strongest-ever portfolio of research projects, nicely supported by generous grants and an expanding team of researchers.  Research foci include the impact of reference-based insurance benefit designs; physician-hospital alignment and the subsequent costs of care; design of consumer cost sharing for specialty drugs; and physician payment incentives for oncology.   We are  winning awards for our publications and adding to our on-campus and off-campus educational initiatives.  Read more


BCHT cotinues to publish timely articles on the topics of Medical Innovation, Reference Pricing and Consumer Choices, Physician and Hospital Payment Methods, Value Based Health Care and Pay-for-Performance, and Coordinated Care for Chronic Illness.

Visit  our Publications page for links to the full text of these papers.


BCHT Director James Robinson won the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation award for the best article written from a commercial insurance point of view for his paper The Redesign of Consumer Cost Sharing for Specialty Drugs at the California Health Insurance Exchange, published in the American Journal of Managed Care, March 2016.

Association of Reference Payment for Colonoscopy With Consumer Choices, Insurer Spending, and Procedural Complications by James C. Robinson, BCHT Associate Director for Research Timothy T. Brown, BCHT Staff Economist Christopher Whaley, and Emily Finlayson, received the Director’s Award at the 2015 AHRQ Research Conference. The award committee specifically noted that this research was "deemed the most innovative and actionable" research presented at the conference. 


Symposium on Innovations in Diabetes Prevention and Management

BCHT held a symposium April 28-29, 2016 to explore Innovations in Diabetes Prevention and Management. The first day of the two day event included a keynote address by Stephen Shortell, a conversation with Lisa Suennen and Amy Belt Raimundo on methods for effective behavior change, and a panel on digital solutions for the underserved with Stephen Shortell, Julie Schmittdiel, and Neil Sehgal.  Videos of the day's activities are posted below.

The Hack2Health Design Challenge finals were held on day two. The day began with a keynote address by Dan Gillette, Research Specialist, CITRIS, who also served as judge with Rhonda Shrader, Director, Institute for Business Innovation at Haas School of Business.

Team Sidekick (Hansen Lui, Inez Rahario, Jason Yee, Susan Lee) took top honors in a year-long  hackathon competition that challenged participants to design an innovative digital health solution promoting sustained patient engagement and behavioral change in the prevention or management of type 2 diabetes.


Sidekick also won first prize the next day in the 2016 CITRIS sponsored semester-long competition for undergraduate and graduate students to develop mobile apps for social impact in Civic Tech & Smart Communities, Education, Energy, Climate & The Environment, and Health.

This symposium was made possible with generous support from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation. Visit Current Projects: Diabetes Management for project details.

Innovations in Diabetes Prevention and Management: Opening Remarks

Innovations in Diabetes: Engaging Pts Changing Behavior Improving Outcomes

Innovations in Diabetes: Validation & the role of evidence for providers and consumers

Innovations in Diabetes: Moving the needle on diabetes Methods for effective behavior change

Innovations in Diabetes: Digital Solutions for the underserved

Welcome & Overview 
Kim MacPherson, MBA, MPH, Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology



Opening Keynote, Engaging Patients, Changing Behavior, Improving Outcomes: Stephen Shortell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Director, Center for Healthcare Organizations Innovation Research; Dean Emeritus, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor; HPM Professor of Organization Behavior 

In-conversation: Validation & the role of evidence for providers and consumers: Lisa Suennen, Managing Partner, Venture Valkyrie Consulting & Haas Faculty; Amy Belt Raimundo, Chief Business Officer, Evidation Health

Moving the needle on diabetes: Methods for effective behavior change: Stephen Shortell, PhD, Dir, Ct for Healthcare Organizations Innovation Research; Julie Schmittdiel, PhD, Research Sci, Kaiser Permanente Div of Research; Neil Sehgal, PhD, Assoc Dir of Research, UCSF Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab; Moderator Kim MacPherson

Digital Solutions for for the underserved: Courtney Lyles, PhD, Professor, UCSF and the Center for Vulnerable Populations; Pam Baker, Vice President of Commercial Operations, Omada Health; Nina Parikh, MAT, MPH, Research Program Manager,  CareMessage; Adrian Aguilera, PhD, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare