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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

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:   H662, 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



Conrad DA, Vaughn M, Grembowski D, Marcus-Smith M. Implementing Value-Based Payment Reform: A Conceptual Framework and Case Examples. Med Care Res Rev. 2015 Nov 5. pii: 1077558715615774. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26545852
  


Conrad DA. The Theory of Value-Based Payment Incentives and Their Application to Health Care. Health Serv Res. 2015 Nov 9. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12408. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26549041
  


Koshy RA, Conrad DA, Grembowski D. Lessons from Washington State's Medical Home Payment Pilot: What It Will Take to Change American Health Care. Popul Health Manag. 2015 Aug;18(4):237-45. doi: 10.1089/pop.2014.0117. Epub 2015 Jan 21.  PMID: 25606742
  


Cunha-Cruz J, Milgrom P, Shirtcliff RM, Bailit HL, Huebner CE, Conrad D, Ludwig S, Mitchell M, Dysert J, Allen G, Scott J, Mancl L. Population-centered Risk- and Evidence-based Dental Interprofessional Care Team (PREDICT): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015 Jun 20;16:278. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0786-y.  PMID: 26091669    PMCID: PMC4475615
   


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. 2015 Jan;30(1):123-30. doi: 10.1007/s11606-014-3008-5.  PMID: 25164087    PMCID: PMC4284265
   


2016
Member, dissertation committee for Jeremy Snider
Assessing variation in personal health service delivery and workplace smoking ban enforcement by Local Health Departments

2015
Chair, capstone for Sarah Chodakewitz
Early adapters: Project implementation and the 10% shared savings in Southwest Washington

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

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

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 - 4/30/2014

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

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

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