Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets (CDOM): Staff Biographies
Herbert S. Wong, Ph.D., is a senior economist with CDOM. He has over 15 years experience working on the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). In his past research, he has analyzed issues related to pricing and competition in the market for physician services; examined the factors affecting physician practice styles and resource utilization; explored the response of hospitals to global budgets; examined the interaction of hospital and physician costs; investigated the determinants of hospital payments and costs; explored service utilization, enrollment, and competition in managed care organizations; and assessed selection bias in Medicare HMOs. Dr. Wong's current research includes explorations of the role of quality in the hospital services market and the impact of market forces on cost, access, and quality. Dr. Wong's work appears in journals such as Health Services Research, Inquiry, Journal of Health Economics, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, Southern Economic Journal, and Review of Industrial Organization. Before coming to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Dr. Wong taught courses in industrial organization, microeconomic theory, and statistics at Northwestern and Loyola Universities. He also worked as a research analyst at the American Medical Association, and served as a special assistant for health policy analysis at the Office of Management and Budget. Dr. Wong received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from Northwestern University. He earned his B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.
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