Timothy Hoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Health Care Systems, and Health Policy, and a recognized expert in primary care delivery and health care quality, has been awarded a contract for $114,701 from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to prepare a policy white paper addressing the VHA's recent introduction of interdisciplinary general mental health teams to care for Veterans with ongoing behavioral health needs. 

The white paper will provide an in-depth, evidence-based analysis of current thinking and best practices with respect to the design, implementation and evaluation of these teams. It will also provide research, policy and management-focused recommendations for VHA leadership to consider as it moves the mental health team care approach forward nationally. Team-based care delivery is considered an essential innovation to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery under U.S. health reform. 

Timothy Hoff is Associate Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, Tim Hoff and Health Policy with appointments of 25% in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and 75% in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business. He is a nationally recognized organizational and medical sociologist in the study of U.S. health reform implementation, health care quality, primary care, and physician behavior. In addition, he is a leading voice on the use of qualitative methods in health services research.