CCO Evaluation Team
K. John McConnell, PhD
Dr. McConnell's work has been noteworthy for his close collaboration with key stakeholders, frequently working with provider groups and association or serving as an advisor to the Oregon Legislature and state policy makers. He was the Chief Economic Advisor to the Oregon Health Fund Board from 2007 to 2009. Recent experience with policy and economic analysis includes analyses of the impacts of changes in co-payments and benefit structures on Medicaid recipients; the effects of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse "parity" legislation; and a national study of the dissemination and effectiveness of "Lean" management practices in over 600 cardiac units throughout the country.
Selected Publications by John McConnell, PhD
Behavioral health insurance parity: Does Oregon's experience presage the national experience with the mental health parity and addiction equity act?
K. John McConnell; Samuel H.N. Gast; M. Susan Ridgely; Neal Wallace; Natalie Jacuzzi; Traci Rieckmann; Bentson H. McFarland; Dennis McCarty
American Journal of Psychiatry. 2012;169(1):31-38.
Effect of eliminating behavioral health benefits for selected Medicaid enrollees
K. John McConnell; Neal T. Wallace; Charles A. Gallia; Jeanene A. Smith
Health Services Research. 2008;43(4):1348-1365.
Deborah Cohen, PhD
Dr. Cohen is a communication scientist whose work has focused on examining primary care systems and health care quality, and identifying practice systems and approaches that support the translation of basic research findings into practice improvements. Through this work, Dr. Cohen has developed a mixed method approach to assess change and improvement in clinical settings. Important features of this approach include using qualitative methods to identify successful quality improvements and to gather the process data – how interventions were 'really' implemented — that is necessary for disseminating and translating successful interventions to other settings, fostering collaboration among frontline clinic and organization members implementing interventions and researchers, and collecting and sharing research data in real time in order to foster learning through evaluation. Dr. Cohen is a qualitative researcher by training and has specific expertise in a qualitative approach called conversation analysis. She enjoys working on multidisciplinary research teams. In addition, Dr. Cohen created a web-based resource for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that is designed for people with an interest in qualitative research (www.qualres.org), and Dr. Cohen is an Associate Editor for the Annals of Family Medicine.
Selected Publications by Deborah Cohen, PhD
Coordination of health behavior counseling in primary care
Deborah J. Cohen; Bijal A. Balasubramanian; Nicole F. Isaacson; Elizabeth C. Clark; Rebecca S. Etz; Benjamin F. Crabtree
Annals of Family Medicine. 2011;9(5):406-415.
Fidelity versus flexibility. Translating evidence-based research into practice
Deborah J. Cohen; Benjamin F. Crabtree; Rebecca S. Etz; Bijal A. Balasubramanian;
Katrina E. Donahue; Laura C. Leviton; Elizabeth C. Clark; Nicole F. Isaacson;
Kurt C. Stange; Lawrence W. Green
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008;35(5 SUPPL.):S381-S389.
Evaluative criteria for qualitative research in health care: Controversies and recommendations
Deborah J. Cohen; Benjamin F. Crabtree
Annals of Family Medicine. 2008;6(4):331-339.
Anna Marie Chang, MD, MSCE
Dr. Chang's research interests are in studying patients with acute cardiopulmonary conditions and transitions of care. Heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and ischemic heart disease account for a significant proportion of emergency department (ED) visits, hospital admissions and repeat ED visits, and have a high rate of readmissions. Thus, reducing ED utilization and admissions for these conditions in the Medicaid population will greatly impact overall ED use, and present research has identified a lack of quality connections and transitions from hospital-to-home for patients with these specific conditions.
Selected Publications by Anna Marie Chang, MD, MSCE
Actual financial comparison of four strategies to evaluate patients
with potential acute coronary syndromes
Anna Marie Chang; Frances S. Shofer; Mark G. Weiner; Marie B. Synnestvedt; Harold I. Litt; William G. Baxt; Judd E. Hollander
Academic Emergency Medicine. 2008;15(7):649-655.
Relationship between renal dysfunction and outcomes in emergency department
patients with potential acute coronary syndromes
Anna Marie Chang; Meredith Edwards; Asako C. Matsuura; Kristy M. Walsh; Emily Barrows; Jeffrey Le; Judd E. Hollander
Emergency Medicine Journal. 2012.