- Incentive Design
- Performance Measurement
- Long-Term Care
- Quality Measurement
- Care Delivery Systems
- Long-Term Services and Supports
Jeffrey Ballou’s research focuses on performance measurement and health care payment reform. His work informs efforts to lower costs and improve health care quality through physician performance measurement.
Ballou directs a project for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that advises on incentives to encourage physicians to deliver high-value care to Medicare beneficiaries and develops confidential feedback reports for physicians to support practice improvement. He also advises on work related to incentives to participate in alternative payment models and the nature and extent of participation in these models. He has analyzed effects of Part B drug payment reform; reform of health insurance markets; comparative assessments of methods used to conduct comparative effectiveness research studies and standards for evaluating the quality of those studies; and provision of home and community-based services, relative to institutional long-term care, for low-income elderly people and people with disabilities. His research on competition and the effects of incentives in health care and higher education markets focused on analyses of market power and product differentiation in nursing home markets.
Before joining Mathematica, Ballou held faculty positions in the Northeastern University Department of Economics and Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.