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Benitez selected for New Investigator Small Grant Program

Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences assistant professor Joseph Benitez, Ph.D., has received funding from AcademyHealth and the New Investigator Small Grant Program (NISGP) to examine the effects of Medicaid expansion on safety-net hospital performance, with special attention to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH)-funded hospitals.

The NISGP supports early careers of health services researchers. About 50 people applied for the grant, and Benitez was one of six investigators funded as part of the 2016 cohort. According to the AcademyHealth website, those selected seek to improve "health and performance of the healthcare system by generating evidence and moving evidence into policy and practice.” NISGP awardees receive $10,000 to conduct health services research in addition to professional development opportunities such as mentoring and in-person activities.

Dr. Benitez says he hopes to capture the nature of recent uptakes in Medicaid coverage on hospital financing and uncompensated care provision. Read more about his proposed research.




January 12, 2016

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