Susan H Busch PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy); Chair, Health Policy and Management

Research Interests

Health insurance; Mental health care; Affordable Care Act implementation

Current Projects

  • Effects of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) on behavioral health care use and spending.
  • Demand for the chronic care model in behavioral health
  • Involuntary use of out-of-network health care
  • Financial incentives to quit smoking in Connecticut Medicaid
  • Transitions clinic network: linking high-risk Medicaid patients from prison to community
  • Implications of the Affordable Care Act for individuals with behavioral health disorders
  • FDA safety warnings and antidepressant use among youths
  • Brief interventions for alcohol and other drug problems in the Emergency Department

Selected Publications

  • Kyanko KA, L Curry, SH Busch (2012). Out-of-Network Physicians: How Prevalent is Involuntary Use and Cost Transparency? Health Services Research. In press.
  • Busch SH, E Golberstein, E Meara. The FDA and ABCs: The Unintended Consequences of Antidepressant Warnings on Human Capital. NBER Working Paper No 17426. September 2011
  • Busch, SH (2012). Implications of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act. American Journal of Psychiatry 169(1):1-3.
  • Barry CL, JP Weiner, K Lemke K, SH Busch (2012). Risk Adjustment in Health Insurance Exchanges for Individuals with Mental Illness. American Journal of Psychiatry 169(7): 704-709.
  • Howard, DH, SH Busch, KE Thorpe (2010). Understanding Recent Increases in Chronic Disease Treatment Rates: More Diseases or More Detection? Health Economics, Policy and Law, 5(4):411-35.
  • Busch SH, RG Frank, A Martin, CL Barry (2011). Characterizing declines in pediatric antidepressant use after new risk disclosures. Medical Care Research and Review, 68(1):96-111.

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