Joseph P. Newhouse
John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard Medical School
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Ph.D., economics, Harvard University
Summary of Experience:
Professor Newhouse is the Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education and Chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy at Harvard University, which administers the Ph.D. degree in Health Policy. His recent research topics include risk adjustment for reimbursement of health plans and health providers; the impact of managed care on use of services, cost, and quality of care; and improved medical care price indices and the economics of the Medicaid tobacco settlement. One current project that involves many of his research areas concerns structuring markets to promote efficient competition among health plans. He is also studying selection behavior in large groups and why private groups that offer multiple health plans tend not to use formal risk adjustment methods. Finally, he is investigating whether varying reimbursement rates for cancer chemotherapy affect the likelihood of such therapy being administered or whether they affect the mix of agents employed. In 1981, he became the Founding Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, which he continues to edit. He is currently the vice-chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which reviews Medicare payment policy and makes recommendations to Congress. He is also a member of the board of Aetna and of Abt Associates.