Health Services and Policy Research Group
What is the Health Services and Policy Research Group?
The Health Services and Policy Research Group in the Department of Preventive Medicine conducts research in health policy in order to better understand how to improve population health outcomes, and optimize cost and quality in the healthcare system. Our current projects include examining affordability of insurance plans under healthcare reform, studying the impact of electronic health records and patient web-portals on patient behavior and health outcomes, and analyzing the determinants of early hospital re-admissions.
PhD in Economics, Vanderbilt University
Research Interests: health economics, health care financing, health policy analysis, cost analysis; financing health care for the poor and underserved, safety net providers, medical malpractice, outcomes research
PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis, UC-Berkeley
Research Interests: information technology and organizational culture and their effects on clinical care, quality, and costs; and patient knowledge and behavior with respect to insurance access and benefit design
PhD in Economics, UC-Santa Barbara
Research Interests: health economics, how incentives can affect health behaviors and health status; geographic and ethic disparities in health outcomes, optimal insurance benefit design, the impact of health on education
PhD in Economics, UC-Santa Barbara
Research Interests: applied microeconomics, labor economics, health outcomes, and
PhD in Epidemiology, Michigan State University
Research Interests: quality of care and patient outcomes, patient safety and hospital acquired conditions, hospital performance measures and value-based care, evidence-based medicine, health policy impact, communication of research to inform the public.
PhD in Economics, University of Texas at Dallas
Research Interests: applied microeconomics with a focus on behavioral economics and public policy; health behaviors and outcomes; social and geographic disparities in health; applied spatial econometric methods; peer and neighborhood effects
Postdoc (2014-2015) PhD in Health Services and Policy, University of Iowa
Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PhD in Health Services Research and Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center
M.D., Shanghai Jiao Tong University
School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University
Graetz, I., Kaplan, C. M., Kaplan, E. K., Bailey, J. E., & Waters, T. M. (2014). The US Health insurance marketplace: are premiums truly affordable?. Annals of internal medicine, 161(8), 599-604.
Kaplan CM, Graetz I, Waters TM. Most exchange plans charge lower tobacco surcharges than allowed, but many tobacco users lack affordable coverage. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014;33:1466-73. [PMID: 25092850] doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2013.1338
Waters, T. M., Webster, J. A., Stevens, L. A., Li, T., Kaplan, C. M., Graetz, I., & McAneny, B. L. (2015). Community Oncology Medical Homes: Physician-Driven Change to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs. Journal of Oncology Practice, JOP-2015.
Graetz I, Huang J, Brand R, Shortell SM, Rundall TG, Bellows J, Hsu J, Jaffe M, Reed M. "The Impact of Electronic Health Records and Teamwork on Quality of Diabetes Care." American Journal of Managed Care. In Press.
Kaplan CM and Zhang Y. (2014), “The January Effect: Medication Reinitiation Among Medicare Part D Beneficiaries”, Health Econ., 23, pages 1287–1300, doi: 10.1002/hec.2981
Harris LJ, Graetz I, Podila P, Wan J, Waters T, Bailey J. “Characteristics of Hospital and Emergency Care Super-utilizers with Multiple Chronic Conditions.” Journal of Emergency Medicine. In Press.
Liber AC, Drope JM, Graetz I, Waters TM, Kaplan, CM. “Tobacco Surcharges on 2015 Health Insurance Plans Sold in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces: Variations by Age and Geography and Implications for Health Equity.” American Journal of Public Health. In Press.
Bazzoli GJ, Fareed N, Waters TM. “Hospital Financial Conditions through the US Recession: Implications for Health Reform Readiness,” Health Affairs, 2014; 33(5): 739 - 745.
Pershad J, Waters TM, Langham MR Jr, Li T, Huang EY. Cost-effectiveness of diagnostic approaches to suspected appendicitis in children. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Apr; 220(4): 738-46.
Waters TM, Daniels MJ, Bazzoli GJ, Perencevich E, Dunton N, Staggs VS, Potter C, Fareed N, Liu M, Shorr RI. “Effect of Medicare’s nonpayment for Hospital-Acquired Conditions: lessons for future policy” JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Mar; 175(3): 347-54.
- Annals of Internal Medicine, Video: Ilana Graetz, PhD, offers additional insight into her Medicine and Public Issues piece, "The U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace: Are Premiums Truly Affordable?"
- US News & World Report: Health Insurance May Not Be Affordable for All
- Philadelphia Inquirer: Subsidy formula makes some policies costlier for the young
- Kaiser Health News: Study: Subsidy Quirk Means Young People Pay More For Bronze Plans
- Memphis Business Journal: Who could Obamacare leave behind?
- Kaiser Health News: Smokers Paying Less For Some Health Plans Than Expected
- Fierce Health Payer: Lower premium surcharges still prevent smokers from buying coverage
Teresa M. Waters, Ph.D.
66 N. Pauline Street, Suite 633
Memphis, TN 38163