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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.
Douglas A. Conrad
Professor
Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Finance and Business Economics

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.

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

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Contact Information

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

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)

Teaching   (Department of Health Services Courses)

Recent Publications



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


Petersen LA, Simpson K, Pietz K, Urech TH, Hysong SJ, Profit J, Conrad DA, Dudley RA, Woodard LD. Effects of individual physician-level and practice-level financial incentives on hypertension care: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2013 Sep 11;310(10):1042-50. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.276303.  PMID: 24026599


Conrad D, Grembowski D, Gibbons C, Marcus-Smith M, Hernandez SE, Chang J, Renz A, Lau B, Dela Cruz E. A report on eight early-stage state and regional projects testing value-based payment. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 May;32(5):998-1006. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2012.1124.  PMID: 23650332


Hernandez SE, Conrad DA, Marcus-Smith MS, Reed P, Watts C. Patient-centered innovation in health care organizations: a conceptual framework and case study application. Health Care Manage Rev. 2013 Apr-Jun;38(2):166-75. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0b013e31825e718a.  PMID: 22669050


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Dissertation, Thesis & Capstone Committees (recent HSERV graduates)

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

External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

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

Projects

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

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