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"Reassessing Access - Providing Guidance to Policy Makers"

John Billings, J.D. will speak at the Center for State Health Policy on March 26 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. John Billings is currently an associate professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and he is the director of the school's Center for Health and Public Service Research. Mr. Billings' recent work has involved analysis of patterns of hospital admission rates and emergency department utilization as tools to evaluate access barriers to outpatient care and to assess the performance of the ambulatory care delivery system. Mr. Billings is current co-principal investigator on the Safety Net Assessment Project, an initiative funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the performance of health care safety nets in 70 U.S. cities. Mr. Billings is also the principal investigator on a project funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess models for delivering primary care to low income populations and is co-principal investigator on an effort with Columbia University and the United Hospital Fund of New York to evaluate the impact of Medicaid managed care in New York City. Mr. Billings is also principal investigator on a project supported by the Commonwealth Fund to monitor use of emergency departments by uninsured patients in New York City and to learn more about the factors that contribute to emergency room use for conditions that are non-emergent or that could be treated effectively in a primary care setting. Professor Billings is also participating in a CDC-funded project to reduce racial disparities in health outcomes in the South Bronx, involving improving health care delivery, educating patients on self care management, and organizing community based organizations to help implement and monitor the project activities. Mr. Billings is also the principal investigator on a project to evaluate the New York City Asthma Initiative, a major program to improve asthma outcomes in low income neighborhoods in New York City.

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