Research Corner

We always strive to root all of our reporting in the latest and greatest data about what we know (and don’t know) when it comes to effective health policies. But there’s way more research coming out than we can fit in a weekly show. 

Enter the Research Corner.

Each week, a rotating group of experts analyze new health policy research in our newsletter as part of the Tradeoffs Research Corner. Many (but not all) of those columns are written by the members of the Tradeoffs Research Council (see below), overseen by our Contributing Research Editor Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, MPH. And Sayeh will bring Research Corner to the podcast several times throughout the year.

You can explore our full archive of Research Corner columns and podcast episodes below, and you can get Research Corner delivered to your inbox every week by signing up for our free weekly newsletter. 


Recent Research Corner Columns

Forms and Phone Calls and Faxes, Oh My! Measuring Patients’ Admin Burden

Ishani Ganguli on new research showing administrative burdens can be as a big a barrier to patient care as high costs.

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Which Comes First: Economic Decline or Hospital Closure?

Maria Polyakova looks at research showing that rural hospital closures may not have as dire economic impacts on their communities as often believed.

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In Memoriam: Remembering David Jones

Sayeh Nikpay, Sarah Gollust and Dori Cross remember David Jones, a Boston University School of Public Health professor who died tragically on September 11, 2021.

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Finally, A Randomized Trial of Mask Wearing

Paul Shafer on the results of a massive randomized trial of masks' impact on the spread of COVID-19.

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Docs Don’t Want to Fight With Medicaid to Get Paid

Hannah Neprash on new research showing the impact of insurance claim denials on doctors' willingness to see Medicaid patients.

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What Happens When Price Transparency Meets Childbirth?

Jamie Daw looks at new research showing the uptake of a hospital price transparency tool for childbirth and its associations with cost of care.

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Private Equity’s Impact on Nursing Home Quality

Rachel Werner on new research exploring how nursing homes with private equity investment compared to other nursing homes on cost, outcomes and staffing.

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America’s Medical Debt Problem

Engy Ziedan breaks down new research on the high levels of medical debt in the U.S. and the relationship between debt and Medicaid expansion.

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2021 Tradeoffs Research Council

Vice President and Director of the Racial Equity and Health Policy Program, Kaiser Family Foundation

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Kentucky

Associate Professor of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms

Assistant Professor, Center for Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine

Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences; Indiana University

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Assistant Professor of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania

Executive DirectorLeonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton School; Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine