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Deadline: July 27, 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Optimizing Cost-of-Care Conversations Between Clinicians and Vulnerable Patients

The Optimizing Cost-of-Care Conversations Between Clinicians and Vulnerable Patients solicitation aims to fund studies that will test specific messages, best practices, and other principles to be incorporated in resources for improving the frequency and quality of cost-of-care conversations between clinicians and vulnerable patients. Vulnerable populations include people who have incomes less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), are newly insured, belong to racial and ethnic minorities, or people for whom English is a second language. Funded studies will focus on testing a diverse range of approaches with diverse populations, which will ultimately help inform the development of tools, guides, and resources to improve patient and clinician communication about costs and high-value care.

RWJF is particularly interested in prioritizing studies that incorporate rapid testing, message research, and high levels of consumer involvement, as opposed to an exclusive focus on extended scientific research and academic publication. The prioritization of rapid testing is a direct response to the imminent need for solutions for this problem. Funded studies will especially focus on preserving and enhancing trust between clinicians and vulnerable patients. RWJF seeks to fund a range of projects across different types of vulnerable patients, types of care settings, and—to the extent possible—geographic areas.

Amount: Up to $1,000,000 is available to support studies of up to $250,000 for a 12 month period. Four to six studies will be funded.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Applicants must be located in the U.S. Researchers as well as practitioners and public and private policymakers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law business administration, and other related fields.

Link: http://rwjf.ws/28Iynd7

Note: An applicant webinar will be held on June 29, 2016 (registration required).

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