IHPI Seminar: Understanding healthcare care for the elderly: impact of patient and providers

December 13, 2018

Understanding healthcare care for the elderly: separating the impact of the patient and the providers

Speaker: Speaker: Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Minnesota and ResDAC

The Medicare program provides health insurance for over 95% of people in the US age 65 and older. The continuous quest for improving quality of care and care efficiency has led to the implementation of a range of policies aimed at changing provider and beneficiary behavior. Using Medicare administrative data can provide important insights about the mechanism underlying use patterns and help anticipate the impact of changing incentives.

Dr. Virnig is a widely published author of studies examining access to health care and use and outcomes of that care. She examines how health care is influenced by patients, providers, and markets. Her research on the elderly in the Medicare program focuses on cancer surveillance and care, Medicare managed care, and end-of-life care. Dr. Virnig is also the director of the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC), which is funded by a contract from CMS to provide free assistance to academic, government, and nonprofit researchers interested in using Medicare or Medicaid data for their research. As Senior Associate Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, she focuses on faculty development, research development, and strategic planning; and works closely with school leadership to ensure that activities are mission-focused and aimed at building a healthier future.