Michael E. Chernew, Ph.D. is a Professor of Health Care Policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chernew's research examines several areas related to controlling health care spending growth while maintaining or improving the quality of care. His work on consumer incentives focuses on Value Based Insurance Design (VBID), which aligns patient cost sharing with clinical value. His work on payment reform involves evaluation of bundled payment initiatives, including global payment models that include pay-for-performance components. Additional research explores the causes and consequences of rising health care spending and geographic variation in spending, spending growth, and quality.
Chernew is Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. He is also a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors and The Commonwealth Foundation’s Commission on a High Performance Health Care System.
We propose a framework for health care reform that focuses on supporting person-centered care. With continued innovation toward more personalized care, this is the best way to improve care and health while also bending the curve of health care cost growth.