Meaningful Ageing Roundtable: Zhanlian Feng

Zhanlian Feng, PhD, is a senior researcher in the Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care program at RTI International. He has nearly 20 years of experience in long-term care and health services research concerning older adults. He is an expert in analyzing large-scale administrative data sets, including Medicare and Medicaid claims, to address issues related to healthcare and long-term care access, quality, and costs. Currently, he co-directs the evaluation of the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents and the evaluation of the Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Initiative, both funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He was the project director of several recent studies on the Medicare-Medicaid dually eligible population, funded by the DHHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

While most of his research involves the U.S. health care system, Dr. Feng is also a leading researcher on elder care and related policy issues in China. He led a 2009–2010 study to document the growth and characteristics of elder care facilities in two major Chinese cities, Nanjing and Tianjin. He has served as a consultant providing international long-term care policy expertise and research support for the World Bank, with recent work published in a co-edited book, titled Options for Aged Care in China: Building an Efficient and Sustainable Aged Care System. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, commentaries, and research reports. He is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Aging & Social Policy. A social demographer by training, Dr. Feng received his master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Peking University.

*This biography was provided by Zhanlian Feng for use in conjunction with the China Health Partnership’s Meaningful Ageing Roundtable held on June 21 and June 22, 2021. Requests for reproduction and questions about content should be directed to Zhanlian Feng.