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Steven L. Coulter, M.D., leads the Health Institute's research and policy initiatives.
High-Tech Imaging: What Does the Picture Actually Reveal?
New issue brief explores availability, utilization and value of high-cost imaging technology.
Patterns of Care: Rural vs. Non-Rural Hospitals
New issue brief explores the question: Does geographic proximity to a health care facility have a statistically significant influence on a patient’s ability to seek care?
Impact of Reform on Minority Populations in Tennessee
Does having health insurance guarantee access to care? Maybe not under reform – especially for minority populations in Tennessee.
Impact of Rising Prescription Drug Costs:
Prescription for Pain
Unit costs continue upward, even as prescription drug utilization slows in Tennessee and generic savings rise. Are the right decisions being made about how a drug is approved and used?
National Health Care Reform:
The Impact on Tennessee
With reform, many Tennesseans will have greater access to health care; but for a large number of others it will be worse. A big question for the state: How to increase the supply of primary care?
What’s Ahead for Health Care: Assessing the impact of health care reform
The inaugural Health Summit brought together health care leaders and economists from across the state to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing Tennesseans.
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