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August 1, 2022

Hilltop Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Study Hospital Pricing Behavior

Hilltop Principal Data Scientist Morgan Henderson, PhD, and Policy Analyst Morgane Mouslim, DVM, ScM, have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled Provider Pricing Behavior and Health Policy. Henderson and Mouslim will collect, clean, document, and synthesize a sample of pricing data posted by hospitals in response to a 2021 federal rule mandating that hospitals disclose previously confidential data on the prices they charge. The resulting data set and documentation will be made available to other researchers. They will also conduct two studies on the relationship between payer mix and hospital pricing behavior. Two undergraduate students will be engaged in their work to begin to build a contingent of researchers in this field. The research is funded by NSF’s Build and Broaden program, which aims to enhance social, behavioral, and economic science research and capacity at minority-serving institutions—of which UMBC is one.

Learn more about Hilltop’s work on hospital price transparency.

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