Health Economics & Evaluation Research


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What We Do

HEER researchers conduct research on various aspects of the health care delivery system including evaluations of statewide or organization-specific demonstrations and programs, the impact of personal and public health interventions such as costs and cost-effectiveness, and health care reform impact on health insurance coverage, quality of care, patient outcomes, or expenditures among other topics.

Evaluation Studies

The HEER Program specializes in the evaluation of complex, large-scale and interventions, including major California demonstration programs such as the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP), the Low-Income Health Program, and the Health Care Coverage Initiative. The HEER researchers have extensive expertise in conducting different types of evaluations, including:

  • Formative and summative evaluations
  • Implementation and process evaluations
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods evaluations
  • Impact evaluations
  • Systematic reviews
Forecasting and Simulation Studies
The HEER researchers have significant experience creating predictive models that help policymakers, advocates, program experts and others plan for change. The HEER Program is particularly known for the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM), a micro-simulation developed by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Labor Center that uses a range of official data sources to, among other things, estimate the impact of the Affordable Care Act on California on population coverage.
The program staff have also models to assess the consequences of high disease burden and cost of illness studies to help local and state agencies in plan for health care interventions that target specific conditions or populations. These studies have included assessment of the burden of disease in L.A. County and cost of maternal health conditions to the Medicaid program among others.

Economic Analysis
HEER Program staff have examined utilization, costs and cost-effectiveness of personal and public health interventions for a broad range of public and private organizations as well as government initiatives, including California’s health care reform effort. Past projects include:

  • Out-of-pocket expenditures among insured Californians as a percentage of total family income.
  • Access to medical services among injured workers through California’s workers’ compensation system.
  • Changes in use of high-cost services, such as inpatient hospitalizations and emergency room visits, in response to the introduction of disease management programs among Florida’s Medicaid population.

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