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Jason Hockenberry, PhD

Department Chair and Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

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Jason Hockenberry, PhD

Research Summary

Jason Hockenberry is a health economist and health services researcher with expertise in using econometric techniques to analyze administrative, registry and electronic health record data to investigate the impacts of public health policies and to assess factors affecting the quality, efficiency, and cost of healthcare.

Extensive Research Description

His research interests fall into three main areas. First is the role of provider’s skill, knowledge and ability on outcomes and efficiency of care. His research in this area includes explorations of measurement and modelling techniques, examinations of the effects of the pace and periodicity of work on patient outcomes, and the role of provider mix, and in particular physician specialists, in outcomes and efficiency of care delivery.

Second is the area of hospital and physician quality metrics, their use in assigning payment bonuses or penalties to hospitals under the Affordable Care Act and physicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This research includes studies pertaining to measurement of outcomes and other key inputs to penalty algorithms, studies examining the conceptual underpinnings and potential effectiveness of high stakes financial penalties, and the consequences for vulnerable populations and providers who care for them.

Third is in the area of the effects of public health and healthcare related policies on individuals with behavioral health needs. This research includes examinations of the role of treatment financing, consequences of public policies that restrict or liberalize access to particular substances (e.g. opioids and cannabis) or treatments (e.g. buprenorphine), and the effects of these and other substance use policies on health, functioning, and social outcomes (e.g. crime, employment).


Research Interests

Health Care Economics and Organizations

Public Health Interests

Health Care Quality, Efficiency; Health Care Financing; Substance Use, Addiction