Meredith B. Rosenthal

Professor of Health Economics and Policy Department of Health Policy and Management
Meredith B. Rosenthal is the Professor of Health Economics and Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management.
 
Professor Rosenthal's research examines the design and impact of market-based health policy reforms, including the use of provider financial incentives and mechanisms to alter consumer behavior and the competitive environment for health care providers.
 
The adoption of pay for performance to encourage health care providers to improve the quality of care is an important trend in the U.S. and abroad. One of our current projects in this area examines a relatively novel and potentially powerful approach to pay for performance that is patient- rather than population-focused. That is, rewards are calculated for every patient that receives recommended care rather than based on a provider’s performance averaged over a population.
 
The setting for the proposed work is the Hudson Health Plan (HHP), a not-for-profit Medicaid- focused managed care plan. HHP introduced a pediatric immunization bonus program in which providers are eligible for payments of up to $200 per child for complete and timely immunization by the age of 2.