Rachel M. Werner
Dr. Rachel Werner is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Core Investigator with the VA HSR&D Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). She has examined the role of quality improvement incentives on provider behavior, the organization of health care, racial disparities, and overall health care quality.
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, MD, 1992
- B.A. (Political Science)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1998
- M.D. (Medicine)
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2004
- Ph.D. (Health Economics)
- Intern in Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1998-1999
- Resident in Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1999-2001
- Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine , Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2004
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Fellow, Institute on Aging; Core Faculty, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Dr. Werner’s research seeks to understand the effect of health care policies and delivery systems on quality of care. In particular, she has examined the role of quality improvement incentives on provider behavior, the organization of health care, racial disparities, and overall health care quality. Her work has empirically investigated numerous unintended consequences to quality improvement incentives and was among the first to recognize that public reporting of quality information may worsen racial disparities. She is currently principal investigator of an R01 from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (examining how pay-for-performance in hospitals changed the value of health care) and an R01 from the National Institute of Aging (examining the effect of Medicaid pay-for-performance for nursing homes on delivery of nursing home care). She also directs one of five national centers to evaluate the effectiveness of the medical home by the Veterans Health Administration. She has received numerous awards including the Dissertation Award and the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Her research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA, Health Services Research, and Health Affairs.
R. Tamara Konetzka, Rachel M. Werner (2017). Relationships between Acute and Postacute Care Providers: Measurement and Estimation, Health Services Research.
R. Tamara Konetzka, Karen B. Lasater, Edward C. Norton, Rachel M. Werner (2017). Are Recessions Good for Staffing in Nursing Homes?, NBER Working Paper Series, Working Paper.
Reddy, J.A. Shea, A. Canamucio, and R.M. Werner (2014, May 1). The Effect of Organizational Climate on Patient-Centered Medical Home Implementation, American Journal of Medical Quality.
Werner, R.M., Canamucio, A., Marcus, S.C., and Terwiesch, C (2014, April 9). Primary Care Access and Emergency Room Use Among Older Veterans, Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Daniel Polsky, Guy David, Jianing Yang, Bruce Kinosian, Rachel Werner (2014). The effect of entry regulation in the health care sector: The case of home health, Journal of Public Economics, 110, 1-14.
True G, AE Butler, BG Lamparska, ML Lemba, JA Shea, DA Asch, and Rachel Werner (2013). Open Access in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Lessons from the Veterans Health Administration, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(4), 539-45.
Werner RM, Konetzka RT, and Polsky D (2013). The Effect of Pay-for-Performance in Nursing Homes: Evidence from State Medicaid Programs, Health Serv. Res.
Werner RM, Mark Duggan, K Duey, J. Zhu, and EA Stuart (2013). The Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Evaluation of a Single Private Payer Demonstration in New Jersey, Med Care, 51(6), 487-93.
Kruse GB, Polsky D, Stuart EA, and Werner RM (2012). The Impact of Hospital Pay-for-Performance On Hospital and Medicare Costs, Health Serv Res, 47(6), 2118-36.
Werner RM, Dudley Ra (2012). Medicare’s New Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program is Likely To Have Only a Small Impact on Hospital Payments, Health Aff (Millwood), 31(9), 1932-40.
Werner, Rachel, EC Norton, RT Konetzka, and Dan Polsky (2012). Do Consumers Respond to Publicly Reported Quality Information? Evidence From Nursing Homes, Journal of Health Economics, 31(1), 50-61.
Werner, Rachel (2012). Will Using Medicare Data to Rate Doctors Benefit Patients?, Annal of Internal Medicine, 156(7), 532-3.
Werner, Rachel, and DA Asch (2010). Paying for Performance in Population Health: Lessons From Health Care Settings, Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(5), A98.
Werner, Rachel, Tama Krnotetzkz, and K. Leang (2010). State Adoption of Nursing Home Pay-for-performance, Medical Care Research and Review, 67(3), 364-77.
Werner, RM, and RT Konetzka (2010). Applying Market-based Reforms to Long-term Care, Health Aff (Millwood), 29(1), 74-80.