Dr. Richard Hirth is a Professor of Health Management and Policy, and Director of the Health Services Organization and Policy (HSOP) Doctoral Program. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Carleton College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hirth has received several research awards, including the Kenneth J. Arrow Award in Health Economics, awarded annually by the American Public Health Association and the International Health Economics Association to the best paper in health economics (1993); the Excellence in Research Award in Health Policy from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (1998 and 2009); and the Thompson Prize for Young Investigtors from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (1999); Listing in Top 20 Most Read Articles of 2009, Health Affairs (2010); Outstanding abstract (consumer decision-making theme), AcademyHealth Annual Meeting (2007); and Outstanding abstract (long-term care theme), Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy Annual Meeting (2001).
HMP660: Economics of Health Management and Policy I
HMP806: Doctoral Seminar in Health Services and Systems Research IV
HMP827: Advanced Seminar in Health Care Economics
HMP840: Integrative Seminar in Health Services Organization and Policy
Ph.D., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
M.A., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1988
B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Economics, Carleton College, 1987
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Hirth's research interests include the role of not-for-profit providers in health care markets, health insurance, the relationship between managed care and the adoption and utilization of medical technologies, long-term care, and the economics of end stage renal disease care.
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T.C. Buchmueller, K. Grazier, R.A. Hirth, E.N. Okeke (forthcoming). The Price Sensitivity of Medicare Beneficiaries: A Regression Discontinuity Approach Health Economics
A.D. Sinaiko, R.A. Hirth (2011). Consumers, Health Insurance and Dominated Choices Journal of Health Economics, 30(2), 450-457.
M.V. Pauly, K. Menzel, H. Kunreuther, R.A. Hirth (2011). Guaranteed Renewability Uniquely Prevents Adverse Selection in Individual Health Insurance Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 43(2), 127-139.
R.A. Hirth, M.N. Turenne, J.R.C. Wheeler, Y. Ma, J.M. Messana (August, 2010). Do Resource Utilization and Clinical Measures Still Vary Across Dialysis Chains After Controlling for the Local Practices of Facilities and Physicians? Medical Care, 8, 726-732.
Turenne, M.N., Messana, J.M., Hirth, R.A., Turner, J., Sleeman, K., Tedeschi, P., & 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.
Hirth, R.A., Turenne, M.N., 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.
Chernew, M.E., Hirth, R.A., & Cutler. D.M. (2009). Increased spending on health care: Long-term implications for the nation. Health Affairs, 28(5), 1253-1255.
Hirth, R.A., Greer, S.L., Albert, J.M., Young, E.W., & Piette, J.D. (2008). Out-of-pocket costs and medication adherence in an international sample of patients with kidney failure. Health Affairs, 27(1), 89-102.
Hirth, R.A., Grazier, K.L., Chernew, M.E., & Okeke, E.N. (Winter, 2007/2008). Insurer competitive strategy and enrollment in newly offered Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs). Inquiry, 44(4), 400-411.
Cawley, J., Grabowski, D.C. & Hirth, R.A. (2006). Factor substitution in nursing homes. Journal of Health Economics, 25 (2), 234-247.
International Health Economics Association
American Economic Association