Douglas A. Conrad

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My teaching foci are three-fold: finance and risk and insurance principles and applications (MHA in-residence and Executive-MHA programs) and health economics and finance (area leader) in the PhD Program in Health Services.
Professor, Health Services
Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Finance and Business Economics

Education

PhD   University of Chicago, 1978   (Business, Economics, Finance)
MBA   University of Chicago, 1976   (Business Admin, Finance)
MHA   University of Washington, 1973   (Health Administration)
BS   University of Washington, 1970   (Psychology)

Contact Info

email:   dconrad@uw.edu

office:   H660C, Health Sciences Building

address:
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-2923
fax:   206-543-3964

About

Douglas Conrad's fields of specialization in economics are industrial organization and corporate finance. Dr. Conrad's teaching focuses on risk and insurance principles and managerial finance in health services and managed care, primarily in the MHA and PhD programs of the Department of Health Services. His current research examines the effects of financial incentives on health care quality, physician compensation models in physician group practices, conceptual development and performance of integrated health systems, and the outcomes of community care networks in the United States.


Vertical integration in health services; integrated health systems; impact of financial incentives on physician behavior

SciVal Experts Profile



Hebert PL, Liu CF, Conrad DA. Cost savings: the authors reply. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Sep 1;33(9):1701. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0807.  PMID: 25201677
 

Conrad DA, Grembowski D, Hernandez SE, Lau B, Marcus-Smith M. Emerging lessons from regional and state innovation in value-based payment reform: balancing collaboration and disruptive innovation. Milbank Q. 2014 Sep;92(3):568-623. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12078.  PMID: 25199900
  

Weeks DL, Keeney BJ, Evans PC, Moore QD, Conrad DA. Provider Perceptions of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs: A Survey of Eligible Professionals Who Have and Have Not Attested to Meaningful Use. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Aug 28. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25164087
  

Hebert PL, Liu CF, Wong ES, Hernandez SE, Batten A, Lo S, Lemon JM, Conrad DA, Grembowski D, Nelson K, Fihn SD. Patient-centered medical home initiative produced modest economic results for veterans health administration, 2010-12. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Jun 1;33(6):980-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0893.  PMID: 24889947
  

Weeks DL, Polello JM, Hansen DT, Keeney BJ, Conrad DA. Measuring primary care organizational capacity for diabetes care coordination: the Diabetes Care Coordination Readiness Assessment. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan;29(1):98-103. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2566-2. Epub 2013 Jul 30.  PMID: 23897130    PMCID: PMC3889951
   

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2013
Chair, capstone for Jonathan Fischer
The self-sustainability of the Washington State Health Benefits Exchange: A policy analysis

2013
Chair, capstone for Colin Goldfinch
Medicaid strategic planning at Group Health

2012
Member, dissertation committee for Rodica Gilles
Impact of Patient-Provider Messaging on Member Costs at Group Health

2010
Chair, dissertation committee for Song Wang
Impact of Washington State Diabetes Collaborative III on patient economic outcomes and medication adherence

Washington State Multi-Payer Patient-Centered Medical Home Reimbursement Pilot Evaluation
Washington State Health Care Authority
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    5/15/2014 - 6/30/2014

Health and Behavioral Health System Metrics
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    1/1/2014 - 12/31/2015

Health and Behavioral Health System Metrics
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    1/1/2014 - 4/30/2014

Evaluation and Analysis of Employee Participation in VBD Program
Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    12/16/2013 - 6/16/2014

Value-Based Payment Reform: Phase II in State and Regional Innovation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    11/1/2013 - 10/31/2015

Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014

State Innovation Models: Funding for Model Design
Washington State Health Care Authority
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    8/1/2013 - 9/30/2013

Health and Behavioral Health System Metrics
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    7/23/2013 - 12/31/2013

Evaluation and Analysis of Employee Participation in VBD Program
Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    6/16/2013 - 12/15/2013

Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014

Health Care Payment Reform: Lessons from Regional Innovation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    5/1/2011 - 10/31/2013

ARRA Beacon Community of Inland Northwest
Inland Northwest Health Services
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    7/1/2010 - 3/31/2013

Health Care Authority Project
Washington State Health Care Authority
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    3/15/2010 - 8/31/2012

Patient-Centered Organizational Innovation in Care Practices
Commonwealth Fund
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    1/1/2010 - 12/31/2011

Payment Reform Evaluation Project: Lessons from State and Regional Payment Reform

This project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will perform cross-cutting evaluation of eight payment reform efforts designed to promote high-value health care outcomes through leveraging existing market knowledge, partnerships and resources in different states and regions of the United States.
https://depts.washington.edu/payeval/


Patient-Centered Care

This project, funded by the Commonwealth Fund, examined patient-centered, primary care innovation occurring in Washington State, using five provider organizations to capture variations in culture, organizational structure, and environment that are related to the implementation and impact of patient-centered innovation.
http://depts.washington.edu/ptctcare/


Shared Decision Making Project

The Shared Decision Making Project works with clinical sites to demonstrate and evaluate the use of shared decision making and patient decision aids. Shared decision making helps patients make informed decisions about treatment options for preference-sensitive conditions
http://depts.washington.edu/shareddm/


The Network Study

Research with Kaiser Permanente Georgia (Douglas Roblin, PI: Douglas Conrad, Co-PI): investigates the effects of financial incentives on use of health services and patient satisfaction with care


The Community Care Network Evaluation

Douglas Conrad, Co-PI: project is national evaluation of community care networks in 25 sites. Primary aim of my portion is to assess outcomes (access, care coordination, cost) of the community health partnerships


Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Research

Dr. Conrad collaborates with the MGMA Center for Research on research projects involving the determinants of efficiency and effectiveness in medical group practice