Education: University of Waterloo, BA, 1969, University of Michigan, MPH, 1978, Boston University, PhD, 1983
Research Interests: cost, quality and appropriateness of health care services; health care services used by low-income, disabled and elderly persons.
Dr. Payne has extensive experience in directing health services, research studies, and health program evaluations. Her research focuses on the cost, quality, and appropriateness of health care services, in primary care, chronic illness care, and medication use. She has served as principal investigator on studies of home health care visit length, use of post-hospitalization home care services, and methods of predicting the costs of health care used by the disabled and chronically ill. She is currently studying the cost and quality of medications used by Maine citizens who are enrolled in Maine Medicaid as part of a research initiative sponsored by the Maine Bureau of Medical Services.
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Policy Brief on Federal Health Care Reform
In this policy brief, Dr. Andrew Coburn of the Muskie School discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): health insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment, highlighting some of the provisions of the law that have already been implemented and those where important implementation decisions will have to be made.