managed care; health care quality; substance abuse treatment services; insurance reform; performance measurement; healthcare datasets, survey data
Deborah Garnick has thirty years of research experience, largely focused on healthcare quality. Collaborating with colleagues at the Heller School’s Institute for Behavioral Health, several recent projects are focused on investigating the association of process measures focused on the timing and quantity of treatment services for substance use disorders and outcomes. With funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a team explored this issue in Oklahoma and subsequently expanded this work to include five other states with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she directed a study of engagement in outpatient substance abuse treatment among adolescents showing impacts on the outcome of abstinence at six months. In a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), she currently directs a team collaborating with Washington State to randomize public treatment agencies to study the impact of financial supports for improving substance abuse treatment performance rates compared with sending providers alerts for achieving higher performance, both interventions, and a control arm. In terms of performance measure development, Dr. Garnick has focused her efforts on substance use disorders after working earlier her career on hospital-based performance measures. After participating as a member of the Washington Circle (WC) to conceptualize the process measures of initiation and engagement in treatment for substance use disorders, Dr. Garnick directed the team that developed and tested specifications for these measures using claims and encounter data from commercial health plans and states. She also serves as a co-Investigator the third round of a nationally representative survey of behavioral health services provided by commercial health plans.
Dr. Garnick has published widely on her research based on analyses of hospital discharge and insurance claims data on the topics of injuries among Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, state-level health insurance reform legislation, quality of hospital and ambulatory care, methods of using data collected for administrative purposes for health services research, and performance measures for substance use disorders.
The Johns Hopkins University, Sc.D.
The Johns Hopkins University, M.H.S.
Vassar College, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Heller School for Social Policy and Management Mentoring Award (2012)
Fellow, Association for Health Services Research (now AcademyHealth) (1997)
|HS||505f||Quality and Performance Measurement in Health Care|
|HS||506f||Advanced Topics in Quality and Performance Measurement in Health Care|
|HSSP||110a||Integrative Seminar on Health|
|HSSP||118b||Viewing Health Policy Through the Lens of Literature|