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Mosteller Statistician of the Year Banquet: Statistics and Health Policy

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Countway Library, 506 Minot Room, Harvard Medical School, 10 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115

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Schedule: Social 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:15 pm

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Health Policy research involves understanding who gets access to health care, how much health care costs, and what are the consequences of the care (or lack of care) delivered. In the majority of cases, researchers rely upon observational data for these answers. In this talk, I will discuss 2 seemingly new problems associated with long histories of statistical debate. The first involves the U.S. Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program that took effect in October 2012 with a goal of reducing Medicare payments to hospitals having excess readmission rates. The statistical problem is to infer whether a hospital has excess readmission risk and uses this as a basis for payment policies. The second problem concerns the determination of the long-term health and economic burden to public healthcare payers associated with excess metabolic risk caused by second generation antipsychotic (SGA) drugs utilized by their enrollees. The statistical problem requires inferring effects caused by SGAs delivered in the absence of randomization and uses the inference to identify utilization management tools or other policy levers to improve care.

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Sharon-Lise Normand, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Care Policy (Biostatistics) in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the development of statistical methods for health services and outcomes research, including the evaluation of medical devices, causal inference, provider profiling, evidence synthesis, item response theory, and latent variables analyses. Her application areas include cardiovascular disease, severe mental illness, medical device safety and effectiveness, and medical technology diffusion. Dr. Normand earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics, M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Statistics, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Care Policy. In 2011, Dr. Normand was awarded the ASA Health Policy Statistics Section’s Long Term Excellence Award; in 2012, the American Heart Association’s Distinguished Scientist Award; in 2013, elected to the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology; in 2015, awarded the L. Adrienne Cupples’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service in Biostatistics from Boston University; and in 2017 was awarded the American Heart Association Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.

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