Welcome From The Chair

Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H. Professor and Chair

The Department of Healthcare Policy & Research, formerly Public Health, concentrates on studying and improving healthcare delivery to optimize the value of healthcare for patients in New York and across the country. It is chaired by Dr. Rainu Kaushal, an expert in healthcare quality, patient safety and information technology.

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Mandatory Drug Monitoring Program Registration Reduces Opioid Prescriptions

States that require prescribers to register for prescription drug monitoring programs have seen a reduction in the number of prescriptions issued for Schedule II opioids to Medicaid enrollees by up to 10 percent, according to research from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

Drug monitoring programs provide prescribers with an online record of a patient’s history of controlled substance use, and currently operate in every state and the District of Columbia except Missouri. These programs, which track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled prescription drugs, help identify possible misuse.
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CityTech-WCM Big Data Training program in Biomedical Informatics (BD2BMI) recently awarded an NIH training grant

A joint training program between the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) of Cornell University was recently awarded a 4-year NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) training grant to educate and train undergraduate students in biomedical big data sciences and informatics.
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When Pat and Bob nearly saved health care reform: A lesson in Senatorial bedside manner

With Senator John McCain’s heroic return and Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote on a health care bill July 25, Senate Republicans managed to cobble together 51 votes simply to agree to debate health care reform. This razor’s edge victory is diagnostic. Hyperpartisan debate is convulsive. It endangers the body politic and needs to give way to more tempered discussions across the aisle.
Just as doctors need to learn how to talk to patients, members of the Senate need to learn how to talk to each other again. And like young medical students, they can learn from those who have mastered the art.
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A Few Comments On E-Cigarettes And Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents And Young Adults

Underage smoking in pregnant teens are up as a result of minimum legal sale age laws restricting access to ecigarettes (Dr. Michael Pesko, Ph.D)
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30 Students Complete Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine at 2017 Weill Cornell Medicine Summer Training

Thirty students completed a joint Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and University of Minnesota week-long Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine (BDC4CM) funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). BDC4CM emphasized how to navigate the interface between research and practice by offering participants in-depth lectures, case studies and hands-on training from leading researchers in academia and industry.

Doctors With Disabilities: Why They’re Important

More than 20 percent of Americans — nearly 57 million people — live with a disability, including 8 percent of children and 10 percent of nonelderly adults. And while the medical profession is devoted to caring for the ill, often it doesn’t do enough to meet the needs of the disabled. People with disabilities are less likely to receive routine medical care, including cancer screening, flu vaccines and vision and dental exams. They have higher rates of unaddressed cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, smoking and hypertension. Compared with nondisabled adults on Medicare, disabled people on Medicare are more than twice as likely to forgo care because of the cost, and three times as likely to have difficulty finding a doctor who can accommodate their needs. Read more here

Dr. Yuhua Bao, MA, PhD, Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research, on new analysis, finding opioid painkillers being prescribed far less in the U.S. than a few years ago.

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Dr. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, MS, PhD, professor of Health Informatics, awarded membership into the International Academy of Health Information Sciences.

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Dr. Jessica S Ancker, MPH, PhD, associate professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, in the division of Health Informatics, publishes book addressing health literacy and patient decision making.

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Dr. Rahul Sharma, Associate Director of the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership Program, blogs on the advantages of an MBA education as a healthcare leader

As healthcare continues to evolve and change, leaders must be equipped with a business skill set in order to be effective—an MBA can be invaluable. Read more here .

Drs. Art Sedrakyan and Jialin Mao publish high impact paper in JAMA Surgery on the use of open vascular surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm and carotid stenosis.

With the invent of minimally invasive procedure, there has been a decrease in the use of open vascular surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm and carotid stenosis. In the recent cohort study using hospital data from 2000 to 2014 in New York State, we found that the practice of very low-volume surgeons performing 1 or fewer open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and carotid endarterectomy has declined but continued to exist. Patients undergoing surgery performed by these surgeons had worse in-hospital outcomes as well as increased healthcare resource use. Our research calls for efforts to address this practice pattern to ensure high-quality care for all patients. Read full article here.

Mobilize the Healthcare Workforce? Challenge Accepted. Alexi Nazem, MD, MBA, combines background in medicine, business for substantial impact.

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Dr. Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, Academic Director for the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership Program, blogs about 5 Business School Courses that help her in her healthcare career.

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In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. Jyoti Pathak was nominated to be a member of its Scientific Merit Review Board for a 4-year appointment.

As a member of the Board, Dr. Pathak will review research proposals administered locally by the VA field facilities across the U.S. and advise the Director, Health Services Research & Development Service, and the Chief Research and Development Officer on the scientific and technical merit, originality, feasibility, and mission relevance of each proposal. He will also advise on the adequacy of protection of human and animal subjects and proposed budgets.

Art Sedrakyan, M.D., Ph.D. receives substantial funding from the US Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to lead the creation of a novel strategically Coordinated Registry Network (CRN) for women's health technologies.

Dr. Sedrakyan will collaborate with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine to facilitate the CRN creation in partnership with early stage registries developed by professional societies. The project will address the safety and effectiveness of health technologies used to advance women's health. An important component of this project will be the linkages of registries with claims data (e.g. Medicare), available state data and PCORNet clinical data networks when appropriate. The CRN will facilitate advancement of current registry infrastructure through development of structured data capture (SDC) and will aim to enrich both registry and linkable data infrastructure for devices/interventions used to treat or manage women's health conditions. This pilot project will serve as infrastructure for evaluation of medical devices and reduction of complexity and some costs of conducting comparative effectiveness research.

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NYC-CDRN Receives Funding for Phase II Work
The NYC-CDRN has been approved for a three-year, $8.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as part of the second phase of the development of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.

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CHERISH is a multi-institutional Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Center's mission is to develop and disseminate health economic research on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and health-related behaviors that informs substance use disorder treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of substance users. The Center is a collaboration among Weill Cornell Medicine, Boston Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Master's Program in Health Informatics Featured in U.S. News and World Report

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Special Programs & Services

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Service
Research Design and Biostatistics Core (CTSC)
Cornell Analytic/Consulting Services
Institute for Disease and Disaster Preparedness

Selected Recent Publications

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society • 2016 • Hye-Young Jung PhD, Mark Aaron Unruh Ph.D., Joshua R. Vest Ph.D., Lawrence P. Casalino M.D., Ph.D., Lisa M. Kern M.D., M.P.H., Zachary M. Grinspan M.D., M.S., Yuhua Bao Ph.D., Rainu Kaushal M.D., M.P.H.
Physician Participation in Meaningful Use and Quality of Care for Medicare Fee-for-Service Enrollees


Am J Manag Care • 2016 • Yiye Zhang, Ph.D., and Rema Padman, Ph.D.
Data-Driven Clinical and Cost Pathways for Chronic Care Delivery


Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association • 2016 • Mark Aaron Unruh, Hye-Young Jung, Rainu Kaushal, Joshua R Vest
Hospitalization event notifications and reductions in readmissions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Bronx, New York


Journal of General Internal Medicine • 2016 • James H. Flory, Alvin I. Mushlin, Zachary I. Goodman
Proposals to Conduct Randomized Controlled Trials Without Informed Consent: a Narrative Review


Health Affairs • 2016 • Bao Y, Pan Y, Taylor A, Radakrishnan S, Luo F, Pincus HA, Schackman BR
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Are Associated With Sustained Reductions In Opioid Prescribing By Physicians


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