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

How Much Free Care Do Hospitals Provide?

Vivian Ho on a new analysis looking at how much charity care different types of hospitals provide.

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This Algorithm Can Help Docs Better ID Pain in Black Patients

Bapu Jena breaks down research on a new algorithm that could better identify causes of pain in Black patients that radiologists regularly miss.

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How Tech Can Shrink Racial Disparities in Medicine

Kosali Simon on research showing how digital tools shrunk the number of unnecessary amputations among Black diabetics.

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Can Improved Public Health Messaging Address COVID-19 Disparities?

Amy Finkelstein on a study evaluating the impact of physician-delivered video messages on Black and Latinx people's COVID knowledge and information-seeking behaviors.

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Raising the Minimum Wage Saved Lives

Atheendar Venkataramani on a study showing that state increases in minimum wage and earned income tax credits led to fewer suicides.

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How the ACA Is Helping Us Catch Cancer Sooner

Joseph Benitez on research showing how Obamacare coverage expansions are leading to earlier cancer diagnoses.

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More (EHR) Messages, More Problems?

Ishani Ganguli on new research looking at how often doctors are switching between EHRs and other work.

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Will the Federal Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Work?

We dig into the research to understand what we can expect from this long-awaited policy fix.

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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