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Institution: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
Project Description: The goal of this project was to examine the effect of Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) on access to specific recommended care for children with asthma, as individual MCOs may have conflicting incentives for authorizing care or providing resources for care. The study compared MCOs with respect to suboptimal use of preventive medications for asthma among approximately 24,000 children with moderate to serve asthma in Washington State and Tennessee. A Medicaid research database was used, linked with vital records and U.S. Census data in Washington State and Tennessee.
Career Goals: Dr. Cooper is a pediatrician committed to improving equity in childhood healthcare outcomes, especially for low-income children enrolled in Medicaid. Dr. Cooper's career goals include:
Progress to Date: This K grant was completed in 2006 and suggested that health plans can have an effect on quality of asthma care. Dr. Cooper suggests efforts to improve asthma management at the plan level might incorporate physician feedback about prescribing and notification of asthma events to providers.
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K-Generated Publications: None thus far.
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