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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 Emeritus, Health Services


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


office:   H662, Health Sciences Building

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

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


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

Grembowski D, Conrad DA, Naranjo D, Wood S, Coe NB, Kwan-Gett T, Baseman J. RE-AIM Evaluation Plan for Washington State Innovation Models Project. Qual Manag Health Care. 2020 Apr/Jun;29(2):81-94. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000246.  PMID: 32224792

Izguttinov A, Conrad D, Wood SJ, Andris L. From Volume- to Value-Based Payment System in Washington State Federally Qualified Health Centers: Innovation for Vulnerable Populations. J Ambul Care Manage. 2020 Jan/Mar;43(1):19-29. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000311.  PMID: 31770183

Wood SJ, Albertson EM, Conrad DA. Accountable Care Program Implementation and Effects on Participating Health Care Systems in Washington State: A Conceptual Model. J Ambul Care Manage. 2019 Oct/Dec;42(4):321-336. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000302.  PMID: 31449166

Conrad DA, Milgrom P, Shirtcliff RM, Bailit HL, Ludwig S, Dysert J, Allen G, Cunha-Cruz J. Pay-for-performance incentive program in a large dental group practice. J Am Dent Assoc. 2018 May;149(5):348-352. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2017.11.018. Epub 2018 Mar 8.  PMID: 29526260

Snider JW, Bekemeier BR, Conrad DA, Grembowski DE. Federally Qualified Health Center Substitution of Local Health Department Services. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Oct;53(4):405-411. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.06.006. Epub 2017 Jul 24.  PMID: 28751056

Member, capstone for Nicole Schwalbe
Medicaid integrated purchasing for physical and behavioral health: Effects of payment reform on provider organizations in Washington State

Healthier Washington Initiative Evaluation Project
Washington State Health Care Authority
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    2/1/2018 - 1/31/2019

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.

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.

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

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