Journal Article by Rama Cousik and Gail Hickey Published in The Qualitative Report

The article, “Pregnancy and Childbirth Practices among Immigrant Women from India: ‘Have a Healthy Baby'”,  co-authored by Rama Cousik, assistant professor of special education, and Gail Hickey, professor of educational studies, was published in April, 2016, issue of The Qualitative Report.

From the abstract:

In India, practices relating to pregnancy, childbirth and child development have been rooted in cultural beliefs and traditions that are based on knowledge contained in ancient Indian texts. Many Indians residing across the globe continue to observe these practices. Some may find it challenging to do so when they are residing abroad, away from familiar surroundings and separated from their extended families. A small body of research exists that shows that migrant Indian women do observe traditional maternal practices based on cultural beliefs, but there is a need to learn more about how this knowledge is acquired, disseminated and preserved. This qualitative case study examines how immigrant women from India in the United States (US) acquire knowledge about and observe traditional maternal practices. Interviews and participant observation indicate that the women in this study adroitly mixed many traditional practices with the medical model of care provided in the US, and importantly, most of them followed these practices more as a deference to the norms laid out by their elders. The goal of traditional practices appeared to be to ensure birth of healthy infants.

Article Co-authored by Sinyoung Park Appears in Journal of Health Care Finance

An article co-authored by Sinyoung Park, assistant professor of public policy, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of the Journal of Health Care Finance. The article was titled, “Do physician-based or hospital-based provider service networks better control Medicaid expenditures?”

From the abstract:

In a recent demonstration project, Florida Medicaid enrollees were required to pick a managed care plan that was either a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or a Provider Service Network (PSN). PSNs are a form of managed care very similar to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that provides health care services directly through a provider or network of organizations to a defined population without a “middle man” such as a third party insurance company and health plan.

There are two types of PSNs: Physician-based PSNs and Healthcare system-based PSNs. Physician-based PSNs are created and controlled by physicians groups. Healthcare system-based PSNs are based on safety net hospitals and their outpatient clinics. Health system-based PSNs are integrated delivery systems, which are organizations that combine healthcare providers into one organization and may provide more efficient care with lower cost of care due to economies of scale.

The objective of this study was to examine the differences in healthcare expenditures by enrollees in physician-based and health system-based PSNs. Using a difference in difference approach our study found that compared to enrollees in physician-based PSNs, enrollees in health system-based PSNs lowered expenditures to a greater extent over time compared to physician-based PSNs. Findings from this study provide important information to states considering implementing alternative delivery models to control Medicaid costs.

The Archives of Women’s Mental Health Published an Article by Carly Thompson and Sinyoung Park

The article “Barriers to access and utilization of eating disorder treatment among women” by Carly Thompson (grad student, public policy) and Sinyoung Park, assistant professor of public policy, was recently published in the Archives of Women’s Mental Health.

From the abstract:

Anorexia, bulimia, and other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) are psychiatric disorders recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5). One difference of eating disorders compared to other psychiatric disorders is the physical effects of the disease. Although anorexia is easier to physically detect than bulimia and OSFED, many women remain undiagnosed and untreated. Even if an eating disorder is recognized by the individual, barriers to clinical diagnosis and treatment persist. This study examines the barriers to treatment among women with anorexia, bulimia, and OSFED using Andersen’s Behavioral Model. The physical, psychological, and personality trait differences among the eating disorder subgroups may affect treatment utilization and access.

Article by Ae-Sook Kim Accepted for Publication

The article “Market Conditions and Performance in the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Rating” by Ae-Sook Kim, assistant professor of public policy, was accepted for publication in Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

This study finds that nursing homes in excess demand markets, namely those that are highly concentrated and have fewer nursing homes, tend to perform better than their counterparts in both excess supply and balanced markets. In addition, the average overall rating of the competitors in the market is found to promote performance improvement.

IU CSRES forum publishes an essay by Steve Carr on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society published an essay by Steve Carr, associate professor of communication, titled “Democracy Is Coming to the RFRA, or, There’s No Such Thing as Religious Freedom … and It’s a Good Thing, Too.”

RFRA graphicThe essay argues that the public should continue discussing the controversial RFRA, but old and new media outlets should do a better job of structuring and supporting the debate. “A structured public discussion across different media platforms can help contribute to a more productive climate for communication,” writes Carr. “While that climate doesn’t necessarily result in agreement or consensus, it does move discussions about contentious topics like RFRA beyond mere portraiture of polarized and entrenched viewpoints.”