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Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research

Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, Director
Associate Dean, Office of Policy and Planning
Professor, Medicine, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

The Center provides epidemiologic/biostatistical support, quality improvement study design and evaluation, disease management program support, NCQA survey preparation, health outcomes studies, low literacy patient education and outreach, Medicare patient compliance studies, patient and provider surveys, rural health research. The Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research has completed health services research projects for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other agencies, conducted quality improvement studies for the managed care industry, established community outreach research and education networks in urban and rural Maryland, influenced national and state health care policy and established telemedicine research and clinical programs in underserved areas. The center has recently established the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility, a technology that has applications in survey research, outcomes measurement and patient compliance, enrollment and recruitment in managed care and in clinical trials. Based in the School of Medicine, the Center is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary organized research center which involves faculty from departments throughout the University's six professional schools.

Mission Statement

To assess the changing health needs of Maryland citizens and the nation, to conduct analyses and develop policy related to state, city and national health care services, financial and economic cost, clinical outcomes, efficacy, equity and the impact of reimbursement on patient and provider behaviors. To stimulate, support and conduct interdisciplinary health policy and health services research.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Report on Policies Regarding Use and Reimbursement for Telemedicine Services in Maryland and Other States

During the 2006 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 728, “Telemedicine – Use and Reimbursement - Study” (Chapter 266 of the Laws of Maryland), requiring the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in consultation with the University of Maryland School of Nursing and other stakeholders, to conduct a study of telemedicine and report to the Senate Finance Committee and House Health and Government Operations Committee on or before January 1, 2007. This report is intended to fulfill the requirements of the study. The report, submitted by Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, is organized into five chapters that address the topics specified in the legislation and highlight the barriers to the growth of telemedicine in Maryland. Read the Report here.