Our expert answers 3 Questions
I am interested in the effectiveness of publicly provided, free or low-cost health insurance such as Medicaid in reducing mortality and morbidity of recipients. I also examine the potential of supply-side innovations such as telehealth for improving health outcomes by curbing hospital acquired infections and reducing healthcare costs by re-directing emergency care visits to the pre-primary care setting at home.
Central to the health policy debate is accurate information about the benefits and costs of Medicaid expansions. It is interesting to explore whether wide-scope, efficiency gains can be achieved by rearranging the delivery of care to improve both health and fiscal outcomes.
Expanding Medicaid under the ACA remains an active state policy margin. The practical implication of a successful telehealth model is an improvement in the quality of healthcare delivered at a lower cost, a win-win.