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October 1, 2020

Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute Awarded NIH Grant For Stroke Outcomes Research

Reston, VA – Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute is pleased to announce that it is part of a team that has been awarded a one-year R56 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) entitled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Imaging Strategies in Acute Ischemic Stroke Based on Patient Profiles”. The principal investigator is Pina C. Sanelli, MD, MPH, vice chair of Radiology Research, and the director of the Imaging Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (iCEOR) program at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research/Northwell Health. The funded research will produce innovative imaging recommendations tailored to patient profiles by employing decision science methods to assess the risk-benefit tradeoffs across health outcomes, utilization of resources and costs.

“The decision model can accommodate new technological advancements, representing a flexible and enduring resource, to guide optimal imaging and treatment decisions as stroke care advances,” said Dr. Sanelli. “Our research partners, the Neiman Health Policy Institute and Siemens Healthineers, represent key stakeholders of imaging services for dissemination of real-world solutions ensuring the advancement of stroke imaging goes beyond the status-quo to improve health outcomes through efficient resource utilization.”

The grant includes three specific aims. First, to update the trends in stroke health outcomes, quality metrics, utilization and costs. The second is to develop new imaging recommendations tailored to patient profiles based on stroke outcomes. The last is to quantify the potential impact of the new imaging recommendations tailored to patient profiles on stroke outcomes in an ideal model-based scenario compared to current real-world practice.

“As a research partner for this grant, we will contribute analyses of our extensive data holdings, most notably, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services research identifiable files, which contain all fee-for-service claims for a 5% national sample of Medicare beneficiaries”, said Elizabeth Rula, PhD, Neiman Institute executive director and co-investigator. “The NIH grant provides a tremendous opportunity to inform health policy with new evidence to advance patient-centered imaging recommendations that consider cost and resources, while improving health outcomes for acute ischemic stroke.”


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Nichole Gay
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute