Neale Chumbler, professor and head of health policy and management in the College of Public Health, received funding to lay a scientific foundation for new business rules and operation sciences for the patient-centered medical home model. The National Science Foundation awarded a collaborative research grant to Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and UGA to optimize how patients are assigned to provider team members so that providers’ time can be fully used. The project, led by Kai Yang of WSU, is funded collectively at $552,009, of which Chumbler is allocated $110,000. Jayani Jayawardhana, an assistant professor of health policy and management at UGA, is a co-investigator. Chumbler also received $69,232 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to analyze and streamline the tasks of care teams working with dialysis patients in their homes.