MSI PI Pinar Karaca-Mandic, an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year that investigated prescription practices of opioids to Medicare patients. Professor Karaca-Mandic is interested in understanding the current opioid-abuse epidemic and trying to figure out ways to fight it. An article about the research was published recently by the University News Service: Opioid prescriptions in the crosshairs. The journal article can be found on the JAMA Internal Medicine website: Hospital prescribing of opioids to Medicare beneficiaries.
Professor Karaca-Mandic uses MSI resources to help analyze large Medicare data files for a number of research projects.