Meredith Rosenthal
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Meredith Rosenthal

C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy

Health Policy and Management


Dr. Rosenthal received her B.A in International Relations (Commerce) from Brown University in 1990 and her Ph.D. in Health Policy (Economics track) from Harvard University in 1998.

Her research focuses primarily on policies that will help slow the growth in healthcare spending and improve value. These efforts include changes in payment incentives, benefit design, and the provision of information and behavioral "nudges" to both patients and providers. Her research has influenced the design of provider payment systems in both the public and private sectors. She has advised federal and state policymakers in healthcare payment policy and implementation. She has also testified in Congressional hearings on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and pay-for-performance and in legislative hearings in California and Massachusetts concerning healthcare provider payment and benefit design policies.

Dr. Rosenthal's work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and numerous other peer-reviewed journals. In 2014, Dr. Rosenthal was elected to the Institute of Medicine (recently renamed the National Academy of Medicine).

Dr. Rosenthal is a member of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy, the Massachusetts Center for Healthcare Information and Analysis Oversight Board, and Board Chair of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, a multi-stakeholder quality improvement organization. As Associate Dean for Diversity she works closely with the Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACDI) on strategic planning and issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion affecting all members of the School community.



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