President Al Dobson will be featured in a panel discussion moderated by The Honorable Billy Tauzin, Former Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, at the National Press Club on October 10 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. To register, click here.
Dobson | DaVanzo staff have briefed numerous Congressional staffers and government stakeholders in preparation for the release of its final report of the Clinically Appropriate and Cost Effective Placement (CACEP) Project: Improving Health Care Quality and Efficiency. The CACEP Project examines how the Medicare post-acute care benefit currently serves seniors. The final report presents models for the use of clinically appropriate and cost effective post-acute care and potential Medicare savings achieved under delivery system change scenarios.
Steven Heath, Research and Data Analytics Manager at Dobson|DaVanzo, was invited to address the Florida Association of Community Health Centers in July. He reported on the results of a study done for Washington State entitled, “The Economic and Clinical Impact of Community Health Centers: Contributions to Public Health and Economic Implications and Benefits for the State and Counties.”
Al Dobson addressed the 12th Annual Gulf Coast Home Care Conference in Point Clear, Alabama, on August 2nd. He presented the Closing Session based on a 4-paper home health series entitled, “Post Acute Bundling: Clinically Appropriate and Cost Effective Placement.” Following his presentation, Dr. Dobson also facilitated a discussion over lunch with board members from the Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi home care associations.
Audrey El-Gamil, Senior Associate at Dobson | DaVanzo, presented findings from the CACEP Working Paper Series at the AcademyHealth 2012 Annual Research Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Dobson | DaVanzo Welcomes New Staff!
Nikolay Manolov, Ph.D., joined the firm in May 2012. Dr. Manolov was with The Lewin Group where he worked for sixteen years. Dr. Manolov specializes in Medicare and Medicaid claims data analysis, specifically building episodes of care in disease-cost and clinical outcome studies. He has worked extensively in Medicare payment, and has developed simulations of health care expenditures and benefits.
Kevin Reuter joined the firm in June 2012. Mr. Reuter brings experience in statistical analyses at the FDA. Mr. Reuter also worked as a medical assistant in a primary care practice. He recently graduated with his B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland. For more information about our new staff, visit our About Us page.
Patient Advocate Foundation Releases Patient Data Analysis Report (PDAR) with Assistance from Dobson | DaVanzo
This is the third year that Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC (Dobson | DaVanzo) has assisted with the preparation and writing of the Patient Advocate Foundation’s (PAF) annual Patient Data Analysis Report (PDAR). 2011 marks the 15th year that PAF has produced this comprehensive report. The report aims to document the complex issues confronted by uninsured, underinsured, and insured patients and families as they confront barriers to accessing needed health care. These individuals are served by PAF’s professional case managers. This version has been expanded to allow for comparisons across insurance types (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurance, uninsured), and for a focused look at pediatric patients.
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) commissioned Dobson|DaVanzo & Associates to study how the Medicare home health benefit can better meet beneficiary needs and improve the quality and efficiency of care provided within the U.S. health care system. The first two Working Papers of the Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement Project (CACEP), based on this research, reveal that when home health care is used as the first clinically appropriate setting for post-acute care, Medicare spends less per patient on average.
Home Health Community to Release Dobson | DaVanzo Landmark Study of Medicare Costs and Opportunities for Improved Efficiencies. To see the 2/27/12 Press Release, click here.
Dr. Al Dobson was invited to be a discussant, along with Philip Cooper (AHRQ) and John Graves (Harvard University), at the Health Economics Research Organization panel held during the American Economics Association annual meeting in Chicago on January 7th. Dr. Dobson provided in-depth discussion on a paper presented by three University of Minnesota researchers, Pinar Karaca Mandic, Roger Feldman, and Peter Graven, “The Role of Agents and Brokers in the Market for Health Insurance.”
September 20, 2011: Las Vegas.
Dr. Allen Dobson addressed the National Association of Support for Long Term Care (NASL) in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.Dr. Dobson’s presentation was entitled, “Bundled Payments; Baffling Implications.” The NASL meeting was held in conjunction with the AHCA/NCAL 62nd Annual Conference. For more information about payment bundling, contact Dr. Dobson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that Anne E. Pick joined Dobson DaVanzo as a Research Analyst. Ms. Pick, who recently graduated with her MPH in Health Policy from the George Washington University, comes to the firm with expertise in health policy, public health, stakeholder outreach, and media relations. Her prior experience includes work with Senator Chuck Grassley and with the Senate Finance Committee on health reform.
Dobson | DaVanzo was invited to examine the Institute of Medicine’s report entitled, “Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase 1: Improving Accuracy (released June 1st).” To view our analysis, entitled: “An Examination of the Data, Materials, and Assumptions Used in the Institute of Medicine Report: “Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase 1: Improving Accuracy,” click here.