CPHR Student, Lisa Lines, awarded a Health Services Dissertation grant by the Agency Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Date Posted: May 28, 2013

Lisa Lines, a doctoral student in the CPHR program, was recently awarded a Health Services Dissertation grant from the Agency Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This grant entitled “Outpatient Emergency Department Utilization: Prevalence and Predictive Models” will support her dissertation research.

The goals of her project are to: 1 ) Calculate the prevalence rates for overall and emergency department use in a managed-care population in central Massachusetts and identify associations between outcomes and patient and practice-level factors; 2) Create predictive models using administrative claims data and calculate emergency department risk scores and evaluate the performance of models predicting use; and 3) Expand these models by adding patient characteristics from electronic medical records, neighborhood characteristics, and practice characteristics. This project will break new ground in predictive modeling of healthcare utilization. No prior studies have published methods for predicting ED use or creating an ED risk score.