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October 2, 2018

Hilltop Awarded Contract to Estimate the Costs of Tobacco to Mississippi Medicaid

The Center for Mississippi Health Policy has commissioned The Hilltop Institute to estimate the costs to Mississippi Medicaid attributable to tobacco. Using the best available evidence from the research literature, Hilltop will identify conditions associated with tobacco use and the associated ICD-10 diagnosis codes to build a model for estimating tobacco-related costs for Mississippi Medicaid participants. The model will use Mississippi Medicaid administrative claims data. Findings from Hilltop’s study will be presented to Mississippi state policymakers to inform consideration of strategies to reduce tobacco use among Medicaid participants. Hilltop Executive Director Cynthia Woodcock, MBA, is principal investigator and Senior Policy Analyst Charles Betley, MA, is project manager.

The Hilltop Institute is a nonpartisan research organization at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities. We conduct cutting-edge data analytics and translational research on behalf of government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations to inform public policy at the national, state, and local levels.

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