Dr. Rothbard is the Project Director for a SHARE-funded project that will study the impact of integrating behavioral/medical care among patients with co-morbid chronic medical conditions (diabetes, COPD, asthma, and/or heart failure) and psychiatric/substance use disorder(s) on health care utilization and costs. To do this, the study will look at Pennsylvania’s Chronic Care Initiative, which was piloted in the state from 2008 through 2010, as well as a pilot program to integrate behavioral health into Pennsylvania’s Federally Qualified Health Centers over the last five years.
Dr. Rothbard is a Research Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice and in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Rothbard’s research examines the impact of policy changes, program implementation, and technological innovations on system utilization, cost efficiency, and outcome effectiveness for persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Her expertise is in processing large data bases, using innovative approaches to integrate patient files across data sources, and analyzing and modeling utilization and cost issues through the use of innovative techniques such as data envelopment analysis, queuing, and simulation modeling.
Dr. Rothbard has overseen the development of an integrated longitudinal database beginning in 1987 on all public sector clients (with a focus on those receiving behavioral health care) in the Philadelphia care system (ie, the “Penn Longitudinal Database”). Using this database and other sources, Dr. Rothbard has been extensively involved in studies examining healthcare utilization and costs for those with behavioral health problems including substance use disorders.