This project is funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s research program, “Health Data for Action (HD4A),” which makes valuable data from unique data owners available to researchers to answer important research questions. The goal of the study is to assess the extent to which telehealth can provide short-term access to care for different patient populations, as well as the longer-term patterns of telehealth use within different patient populations. Using the Colorado All Payer Claims Database and supplementary data sources containing socioeconomic and county-level characteristics, the study seeks to explore the impacts of different types of telehealth provision on cost, utilization, and quality of care. Three telehealth modalities will be examined: 1) brick-and-mortar organizations from which the patient usually receives care (“regular in-person care provider”); 2) other brick-and-mortar organizations (“unestablished in-person care provider”); and 3) telehealth companies that provide little or no in-person care (“telehealth-only provider”). Study analyses will be conducted using multinomial logistic regression models and propensity score matching. Deliverables will include a project work plan, final narrative, and financial reports. The researchers will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels and other key stakeholders, as part of the deliverables for this grant.


Grant #78956
Grantee Organization: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Grantee period: 12/1/2021– 9/30/2023

Principal Investigators:

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Jiani Yu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Weill Cornell Medicine

Jiani Yu is a health services researcher with a specialization in health economics and an Assistant Professor ... Read Bio

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Lawrence Casalino, M.D., Ph.D.

Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health and chief of the division of Health Policy and Economics - Weill Cornell Medical College

Lawrence Casalino, M.D., Ph.D., is the Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health and chief of the division... Read Bio