Jack Wheeler, Ph.D.

Jack Wheeler

Professor of Health Management and Policy

Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research

1415 Washington Heights      Vcard icon
M3138 SPH II
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 764-5434; Fax: (734) 764-4338

E-mail: jackwhee@umich.edu

Professional Summary

Jack Wheeler, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Management and Policy in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he served as chair from 1991-1997. During his term as chair, the Department of Health Management and Policy was continuously recognized as the leading program in health administration education in the country. He is also Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases in the University of Michigan Medical School and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research.

Professor Wheeler has also held a faculty appointment in the Cornell University School of Business. He teaches finance in executive management programs at Michigan, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as internationally under the auspices of Johnson and Johnson and Project Hope. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and as a consultant to health care provider organizations and health care financing organizations.


Ph.D., Economics and Medical Care Organization, University of Michigan, 1976
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan, 1973
B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1970

Research Interests & Projects

Professor Wheeler's research interests focus on optimal investment (capital expenditure) decisions by the health care firm, optimal financing decisions by the health care firm, and health care payment policy. His current projects include research to support the redesign of Medicare's end-stage renal disease payment program and to understand the cost of vaccine research and development.

Selected Publications

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Turenne, M.N., Hirth, R.A., Messana, J.M., Turner, J.S., Sleeman, K.K., & Wheeler, J.R.C. (2010). When payment systems collide: The effect of hospitalization on anemia in renal dialysis patients. Medical Care, 48(4), 296-305.

Davis, M.M., Butchart, A.T., Coleman, M.S., Singer, D.C., Wheeler, J.R.C, Pok, A., & Freed, G.L. (2010). The expanding vaccine development pipeline, 1995-2008. Vaccine, 28(5), 1353-1356.

Freed, G.L., Dunham, K.M., Gebremariam, A., & Wheeler, J.R.C. (2010). Which pediatricians are providing care to America's children? An update on the trends and changes during the past 26 years. Journal of Pediatrics, 157 (1), 148-152.

Hirth, R.A., Turenne, M., Wheeler, J.R.C., Pan, Q., Ma, Y., & Messana, J.M. (2009). Provider monitoring and pay-for-performance when multiple providers affect outcomes: An application to renal dialysis. Health Services Research, 44(5), 1585-1602..

Messana, J.M., Chuang, C.C., Turenne, M., Wheeler, J.R.C., Turner, J., Sleeman, K., Tedeschi, P., & Hirth, R.A. (2009). Association of quarterly average achieved hematocrit with mortality in dialysis patients: A time-dependent comorbidity-adjusted model. American Journal of Kidney Diseases ., 53(3), 503-512.

Rauscher, S., & Wheeler, J.R.C. (2008). Effective hospital revenue cycle management: Is there a tradeoff between the amount of patient revenue and the speed of revenue collection? Journal of Healthcare Management, 53(6), 392-406.

Pozniak, A., Hirth, R.A., Banaszak-Holl, J., & Wheeler, J.R.C. (Forthcoming). Predictors of chain acquisition among independent dialysis facilities. Health Services Research.

Hirth, R.L., Wheeler, J.R.C. et al. (Forthcoming). Do resource utilization and clinical measures still vary across dialysis chains after controlling for the local practices of facilities and physicians? Medical Care.

Rauscher, S., & Wheeler, J.R.C. (Forthcoming). Hospital revenue cycle management and payer mix: Do Medicare and Medicaid undermine hospitals' ability to generate and collect patient care revenue? Journal of Health Care Finance.

Roach, J.L., Turenne, M.N., Hirth, R.A., Wheeler, J.R.C., Sleeman, K.S., & Messana, J.M. (Forthcoming). Using race as a case-mix adjustment factor in a renal dialysis payment system: Potentials and pitfalls. American Journal of Kidney Diseases.