Audrey El-Gamil Addresses Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine

Audrey El-Gamil addressed the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine in Freeport, Maine on September 13th. Ms. El-Gamil presented on Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement (CACEP) Project findings in a presentation entitled “Use of Home Health Care Services to Transform Health Care Delivery.”

Al Dobson Featured in National Press Club Panel Discussion for Release of Home Health Report

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 Addresses Florida Association of Community Health Centers

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.”

Dr. Dobson Addresses Gulf Coast Home Care Conference

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.

Dobson | DaVanzo Presents Poster at AcademyHealth’s 2012 Annual Research Meeting on CACEP Findings to Date

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

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 with Assistance from Dobson | DaVanzo

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.

To view the press release click here. To gain access to the full report, click this link.



Landmark Home Health Research Released Today:

Comprehensive Analysis of Medicare Data Provides Roadmap to Savings in Post-Acute Care

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.

For highlights of this study, click here. For a full report, click this link.

Home Health Community to Release Dobson | DaVanzo Landmark Study of Medicare Costs and Opportunities for Improved Efficiencies

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. Dobson is an invited discussant at American Economics Association conference

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.”

Allen Dobson is a Featured Speaker at NHRI Symposium

Dr. Allen Dobson gave a presentation at the Natural Health Research Institute’s 6th Annual Scientific Symposium, “Cutting Healthcare Costs Through Prevention,” held on October 28th in Chicago. Dr. Dobson’s presentation was entitled, “Discussion of Methods Used to Study Reductions in Healthcare Cost through Dietary Supplements.”

Dr. Dobson Addresses NASL Conference

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:


Allen Dobson is quoted in American Medical News

Allen Dobson is quoted in an American Medical News article on the relationship between health spending and discussions on the debt ceiling. The article can be accessed by clicking this link.

Jinglin Wang Joins Dobson | DaVanzo

Jinglin Wang, M.P.A. joined Dobson | DaVanzo in June 2011 as a Data Analyst. Ms. Wang, who received her Master of Public Administration in 2010 from George Mason University, comes to the firm with expertise in data analysis and brings a wide range of skills in quantitative methods and analyses. During graduate school, Ms. Wang held several research positions in quantitative and qualitative policy research and analysis at organizations including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Center for the Study of the Presidency, Public Affairs Council, and Congressional Management Foundation.

Anne Pick Joins Dobson | DaVanzo

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.