Associate Professor of Health Economics (with tenure), Health Policy and Management
Director, Pharmaceutical Economics Research Group, Health Policy and Management
A664 Crabtree Hall
Primary Phone: 967-838-0895
Web site: http://www.per.pitt.edu
Professor Zhang's research focuses on economic evaluations of health policy, health insurance markets, and healthcare reforms both in the US and China. Her research has been published in leading medicine, health policy, and economics journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, American Economic Review, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and on National Public Radio. She has received several funding from the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Commonwealth Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has received multiple international awards, including the Excellence in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research Award from the International Center for Mental Health Policy and Economic.
2007 Harvard University PhD in Health Policy (Economics track)
1999 Harvard University MS in Health Policy & Management
1996 Renmin University of China BS in Economics, summa cum laude
Pharmaceutical policy and economics, comparative effectiveness analysis, health insurance markets, the effect of healthcare reforms on healthcare spending and quality of care, and international health
Zhang Y, Zhou C, Baik S. A Simple Change To Medicare Part D's Low-Income Subsidy Program Could Save $5 Billion. Health Affairs. 2014 Jun;33(6):940-945.
Kaplan CM, Zhang Y. The January Effect: Medication Reinitiation among Medicare Part D Beneficiaries. Health Economics. 2013 Aug 14.
Zhang Y, Baik SH, Fendrick AM, Baicker K. Comparing local and regional variation in health care spending. New England Journal of Medicine. 2012 Nov;367(18):1724-31.
Zhang Y, Newhouse JP, Baicker K. Are Drugs Substitutes or Complements for Intensive (and Expensive) Medical Treatment? American Economic Review. 2011 May;101(3):393-97.
Zhang Y, Baicker K, Newhouse JP. Geographic variation in the quality of prescribing. New England Journal of Medicine. 2010 Nov 18;363(21):1985-8.
Zhang Y, Baicker K, Newhouse JP. Geographic variation in Medicare drug spending. New England Journal of Medicine. 2010 Jul 29;363(5):405-9.
Zhang Y, Donohue JM, Lave JR, O'Donnell G, Newhouse JP. The effect of Medicare Part D on drug and medical spending. New England Journal of Medicine. 2009 Jul 2;361(1):52-61.
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