November 8, 2016
Kimberley Geissler, Assistant Professor Health Policy and Management, is among the faculty recently profiled in a ResearchNext article about the University of Massachusetts Amherst Computational Social Science Institute (CSSI). Geissler presented a talk on September 16, titled "Coordination Within Teams and The Cost of Health Care" as part of the CSSI Seminar series.
Geissler says the findings she presented in the seminar were unexpected. “I think what we found most surprising,” she says, “are the large reductions in imaging use among people with high deductibles. We had hoped to find that patients were reducing the use of low-value imaging; instead, we found that they reduced all use similarly. It seems that patients are not informed enough to discern which tests are more optional and which are medically necessary.”