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James F. Burgess, PhD

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Policy & Management
Address25 Buick St
Boston MA 02215
Phone(617) 414-1424
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-6646-7071
Other Positions
InstitutionBoston Medical Center

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Jim Burgess is a health economist with more than 25 years of extensive health care management, research, and educational experience putting health services research into practice in diverse transdisciplinary settings. He also serves the field as a founding co-editor of the electronic Health Economics Letters, the first fully electronic peer-reviewed journal in health economics, and as an associate editor of its parent journal, Health Economics. He also serves as a Senior Associate Editor of Health Services Research, one of the journals of Academy Health, where he is the newly elected Vice Chair of the Methods Council, is a member of the Education Council, and chairs its Health Services Research Learning Consortium. Currently, he also is the Treasurer for the International Health Economics Association for whom he is leading bringing the World Congress of Health Economists to Boston University in July 2017. And he has an appointment as a Senior Investigator in the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His wide-ranging intellectual pursuits include special interests in considering effects of local context in efficiency analysis, audience differences in provider quality profiling, physician productivity and pay for performance, organizational learning and change, qualitative methods development in implementation science, causal inference methods, and patient heterogeneity in risk adjustment. A key organizing principle of his research is balancing cost, quality, and access in health. At Boston University, he currently also is the director of the Health Economics Program.

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 Publications
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  1. Shwartz M, Peköz EA, Burgess JF, Christiansen CL, Rosen AK, Berlowitz D. A Probability Metric for Identifying High-Performing Facilities: An Application for Pay-for-Performance Programs. Med Care. 2014 Dec; 52(12):1030-6.
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  2. Chan SH, Burgess JF, Clark JA, Mayo-Smith MF. Experience of the veterans health administration in massachusetts after state health care reform. Mil Med. 2014 Nov; 179(11):1288-92.
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  3. Fortney JC, Pyne JM, Burgess JF. Population-level cost-effectiveness of implementing evidence-based practices into routine care. Health Serv Res. 2014 Dec; 49(6):1832-51.
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  4. McIntosh N, Meterko M, Burgess JF, Restuccia JD, Kartha A, Kaboli P, Charns M. Organizational predictors of coordination in inpatient medicine. Health Care Manage Rev. 2014 Oct-Dec; 39(4):279-92.
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  5. Kartha A, Restuccia JD, Burgess JF, Benzer J, Glasgow J, Hockenberry J, Mohr DC, Kaboli PJ. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant scope of practice in 118 acute care hospitals. J Hosp Med. 2014 Oct; 9(10):615-20.
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  6. Ryan AM, Burgess JF, Pesko MF, Borden WB, Dimick JB. The Early Effects of Medicare's Mandatory Hospital Pay-for-Performance Program. Health Serv Res. 2014 Jul 15.
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  7. Heyworth L, Rozenblum R, Burgess JF, Baker E, Meterko M, Prescott D, Neuwirth Z, Simon SR. Influence of shared medical appointments on patient satisfaction: a retrospective 3-year study. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Jul; 12(4):324-30.
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  8. McIntosh N, Burgess JF, Meterko M, Restuccia JD, Alt-White AC, Kaboli P, Charns M. Impact of provider coordination on nurse and physician perceptions of patient care quality. J Nurs Care Qual. 2014 Jul-Sep; 29(3):269-79.
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  9. Ndumele CD, Mor V, Allen S, Burgess JF, Trivedi AN. Effect of expansions in state medicaid eligibility on access to care and the use of emergency department services for adult medicaid enrollees. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jun 1; 174(6):920-6.
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  10. Horný M, Burgess JF, Horwitt J, Cohen AB. Advanced diagnostic imaging in privately insured patients: recent trends in utilization and payments. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Jul; 11(7):692-7.
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  11. Waddimba AC, Burgess JF, Young GJ, Beckman HB, Meterko M. Motivators and hygiene factors among physicians responding to explicit incentives to improve the value of care. Qual Manag Health Care. 2013 Oct-Dec; 22(4):276-92.
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  12. Burgess JF, Hockenberry JM. Can all cause readmission policy improve quality or lower expenditures? A historical perspective on current initiatives. Health Econ Policy Law. 2014 Apr; 9(2):193-213.
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  13. Benzer JK, Young GJ, Burgess JF, Baker E, Mohr DC, Charns MP, Kaboli PJ. Sustainability of Quality Improvement Following Removal of Pay-for-Performance Incentives. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 29(1):127-32.
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  14. Maciejewski ML, Wang V, Burgess JF, Bryson CL, Perkins M, Liu CF. The continuity and quality of primary care. Med Care Res Rev. 2013 Oct; 70(5):497-513.
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  15. Partin MR, Powell AA, Burgess JF. Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) overuse. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 May; 28(5):611.
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  16. Liu CF, Burgess JF, Manning WG, Maciejewski ML. Beta-binomial regression and bimodal utilization. Health Serv Res. 2013 Oct; 48(5):1769-78.
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  17. Sacks NC, Burgess JF, Cabral HJ, Pizer SD, McDonnell ME. Cost sharing and decreased branded oral anti-diabetic medication adherence among elderly part D medicare beneficiaries. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jul; 28(7):876-85.
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  18. Sullivan JL, Shwartz M, Burgess JF, Peköz EA, Christiansen CL, Gerena-Melia M, Berlowitz D. Person-centered care practices and quality in Department of Veterans Affairs nursing homes: is there a relationship? Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):165-71.
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  19. Benzer JK, Beehler S, Cramer IE, Mohr DC, Charns MP, Burgess JF. Between and within-site variation in qualitative implementation research. Implement Sci. 2013; 8:4.
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  20. Hockenberry JM, Burgess JF, Glasgow J, Vaughan-Sarrazin M, Kaboli PJ. Cost of readmission: can the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) experience inform national payment policy? Med Care. 2013 Jan; 51(1):13-9.
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  21. Hockenberry JM, Burgess JF, Kaboli PJ. Should hospital readmissions be reduced through payment penalties: a response to Dr Pizer. Med Care. 2013 Jan; 51(1):23-4.
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  22. Benzer JK, Beehler S, Miller C, Burgess JF, Sullivan JL, Mohr DC, Meterko M, Cramer IE. Grounded theory of barriers and facilitators to mandated implementation of mental health care in the primary care setting. Depress Res Treat. 2012; 2012:597157.
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  23. Partin MR, Powell AA, Bangerter A, Halek K, Burgess JF, Fisher DA, Nelson DB. Levels and variation in overuse of fecal occult blood testing in the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Dec; 27(12):1618-25.
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  24. Benzer JK, Sullivan JL, Williams S, Burgess JF. One-year cost implications of using mental health care after discharge from a general medical hospitalization. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Jul; 63(7):672-8.
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  25. Stefos T, Burgess JF, Cohen JP, Lehner L, Moran E. Dynamics of the mental health workforce: investigating the composition of physicians and other health providers. Health Care Manag Sci. 2012 Dec; 15(4):373-84.
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  26. Shwartz M, Peköz EA, Christiansen CL, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D. Shrinkage estimators for a composite measure of quality conceptualized as a formative construct. Health Serv Res. 2013 Feb; 48(1):271-89.
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  27. Charns MP, Foster MK, Alligood EC, Benzer JK, Burgess JF, Li D, McIntosh NM, Burness A, Partin MR, Clauser SB. Multilevel interventions: measurement and measures. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2012 May; 2012(44):67-77.
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  28. Garrido MM, Deb P, Burgess JF, Penrod JD. Choosing models for health care cost analyses: issues of nonlinearity and endogeneity. Health Serv Res. 2012 Dec; 47(6):2377-97.
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  29. Liu CF, Bryson CL, Burgess JF, Sharp N, Perkins M, Maciejewski ML. Use of outpatient care in VA and Medicare among disability-eligible and age-eligible veteran patients. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012; 12:51.
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  30. Spetz J, Burgess JF, Phibbs CS. What determines successful implementation of inpatient information technology systems? Am J Manag Care. 2012 Mar; 18(3):157-62.
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  31. Ryan A, Burgess J, Strawderman R, Dimick J. What is the best way to estimate hospital quality outcomes? A simulation approach. Health Serv Res. 2012 Aug; 47(4):1699-718.
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  32. Fortney JC, Burgess JF, Bosworth HB, Booth BM, Kaboli PJ. A re-conceptualization of access for 21st century healthcare. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Nov; 26 Suppl 2:639-47.
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  33. Liu CF, Manning WG, Burgess JF, Hebert PL, Bryson CL, Fortney J, Perkins M, Sharp ND, Maciejewski ML. Reliance on Veterans Affairs outpatient care by Medicare-eligible veterans. Med Care. 2011 Oct; 49(10):911-7.
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  34. Mohr DC, Burgess JF. Job characteristics and job satisfaction among physicians involved with research in the veterans health administration. Acad Med. 2011 Aug; 86(8):938-45.
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  35. Lin MT, Burgess JF, Carey K. The association between serious psychological distress and emergency department utilization among young adults in the USA. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012 Jun; 47(6):939-47.
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  36. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Hospital competition and financial performance: the effects of ambulatory surgery centers. Health Econ. 2011 May; 20(5):571-81.
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  37. Stefos T, Burgess JF, Mayo-Smith MF, Frisbee KL, Harvey HB, Lehner L, Lo S, Moran E. The effect of physician panel size on health care outcomes. Health Serv Manage Res. 2011 May; 24(2):96-105.
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  38. Burgess JF, Maciejewski ML, Bryson CL, Chapko M, Fortney JC, Perkins M, Sharp ND, Liu CF. Importance of health system context for evaluating utilization patterns across systems. Health Econ. 2011 Feb; 20(2):239-51.
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  39. Liu CF, Chapko M, Bryson CL, Burgess JF, Fortney JC, Perkins M, Sharp ND, Maciejewski ML. Use of outpatient care in Veterans Health Administration and Medicare among veterans receiving primary care in community-based and hospital outpatient clinics. Health Serv Res. 2010 Oct; 45(5 Pt 1):1268-86.
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  40. Penrod JD, Deb P, Dellenbaugh C, Burgess JF, Zhu CW, Christiansen CL, Luhrs CA, Cortez T, Livote E, Allen V, Morrison RS. Hospital-based palliative care consultation: effects on hospital cost. J Palliat Med. 2010 Aug; 13(8):973-9.
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  41. Lischko AM, Burgess JF. Knowledge of cost sharing and decisions to seek care. Am J Manag Care. 2010 Apr; 16(4):298-304.
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  42. Perkins RB, Langrish SM, Stern LJ, Burgess JF, Simon CJ. Impact of patient adherence and test performance on the cost-effectiveness of cervical cancer screening in developing countries: the case of Honduras. Womens Health Issues. 2010 Jan-Feb; 20(1):35-42.
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  43. Maciejewski ML, Birken S, Perkins M, Burgess JF, Sharp N, Liu CF. Medicare managed care enrollment by disability-eligible and age-eligible veterans. Med Care. 2009 Nov; 47(11):1180-5.
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  44. Kim KH, Carey K, Burgess JF. Emergency department visits: the cost of trauma centers. Health Care Manag Sci. 2009 Sep; 12(3):243-51.
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  45. Waddimba AC, Meterko M, Beckman HB, Young GJ, Burgess JF. Provider attitudes associated with adherence to evidence-based clinical guidelines in a managed care setting. Med Care Res Rev. 2010 Feb; 67(1):93-116.
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  46. In H, Pearce EN, Wong AK, Burgess JF, McAneny DB, Rosen JE. Treatment options for Graves disease: a cost-effectiveness analysis. J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Aug; 209(2):170-179.e1-2.
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  47. Dookeran NM, Burgess JF, Bowman CC, Goetz MB, Asch SM, Gifford AL. HIV screening among substance-abusing veterans in care. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2009 Oct; 37(3):286-91.
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  48. Waddimba AC, Jain NB, Stolzmann K, Gagnon DR, Burgess JF, Kazis LE, Garshick E. Predictors of cardiopulmonary hospitalization in chronic spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Feb; 90(2):193-200.
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  49. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Single specialty hospitals and nurse staffing patterns. Med Care Res Rev. 2009 Jun; 66(3):307-19.
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  50. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Single specialty hospitals and service competition. Inquiry. 2009; 46(2):162-71.
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  51. Ryan AM, Burgess JF, Tompkins CP, Wallack SS. The relationship between Medicare's process of care quality measures and mortality. Inquiry. 2009; 46(3):274-90.
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  52. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Specialty and full-service hospitals: a comparative cost analysis. Health Serv Res. 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 2):1869-87.
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  53. Mohr DC, Burgess JF, Young GJ. The influence of teamwork culture on physician and nurse resignation rates in hospitals. Health Serv Manage Res. 2008 Feb; 21(1):23-31.
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  54. Burgess JF. Measuring hospital services. Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res. 2008; 18:33-42.
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  55. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Specialization and physician-ownership in the US hospital industry: beyond the moratorium. Health Econ Policy Law. 2007 Oct; 2(Pt 4):409-18.
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  56. Young GJ, Meterko M, White B, Bokhour BG, Sautter KM, Berlowitz D, Burgess JF. Physician attitudes toward pay-for-quality programs: perspectives from the front line. Med Care Res Rev. 2007 Jun; 64(3):331-43.
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  57. Young GJ, Meterko M, Beckman H, Baker E, White B, Sautter KM, Greene R, Curtin K, Bokhour BG, Berlowitz D, Burgess JF. Effects of paying physicians based on their relative performance for quality. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jun; 22(6):872-6.
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  58. Sautter KM, Bokhour BG, White B, Young GJ, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Wheeler JR. The early experience of a hospital-based pay-for-performance program. J Healthc Manag. 2007 Mar-Apr; 52(2):95-107; discussion 107-8.
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  59. Young GJ, Burgess JF, White B. Pioneering pay-for-quality: lessons from the rewarding results demonstrations. Health Care Financ Rev. 2007; 29(1):59-70.
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  60. Kartha A, Anthony D, Manasseh CS, Greenwald JL, Chetty VK, Burgess JF, Culpepper L, Jack BW. Depression is a risk factor for rehospitalization in medical inpatients. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2007; 9(4):256-62.
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  61. Meterko M, Young GJ, White B, Bokhour BG, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Guldin MR, Nealon Seibert M. Provider attitudes toward pay-for-performance programs: development and validation of a measurement instrument. Health Serv Res. 2006 Oct; 41(5):1959-78.
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  62. Yaisawarng S, Burgess JF. Performance-based budgeting in the public sector: an illustration from the VA health care system. Health Econ. 2006 Mar; 15(3):295-310.
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  63. Bokhour BG, Burgess JF, Hook JM, White B, Berlowitz D, Guldin MR, Meterko M, Young GJ. Incentive implementation in physician practices: A qualitative study of practice executive perspectives on pay for performance. Med Care Res Rev. 2006 Feb; 63(1 Suppl):73S-95S.
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  64. Fortney JC, Steffick DE, Burgess JF, Maciejewski ML, Petersen LA. Are primary care services a substitute or complement for specialty and inpatient services? Health Serv Res. 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):1422-42.
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  65. Young GJ, White B, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Meterko M, Guldin MR, Bokhour BG. Conceptual issues in the design and implementation of pay-for-quality programs. Am J Med Qual. 2005 May-Jun; 20(3):144-50.
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  66. Burgess JF, Carey K, Young GJ. The effect of network arrangements on hospital pricing behavior. J Health Econ. 2005 Mar; 24(2):391-405.
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  67. Fortney JC, Maciejewski ML, Warren JJ, Burgess JF. Does improving geographic access to VA primary care services impact patients' patterns of utilization and costs? Inquiry. 2005; 42(1):29-42.
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  68. Young GJ, Burgess JF, Desai KR, Valley D. The financial experience of hospitals with HMO contracts: evidence from Florida. Inquiry. 2002; 39(1):67-75.
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  69. Zhang Q, Safford M, Ottenweller J, Hawley G, Repke D, Burgess JF, Dhar S, Cheng H, Naito H, Pogach LM. Performance status of health care facilities changes with risk adjustment of HbA1c. Diabetes Care. 2000 Jul; 23(7):919-27.
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  70. Burgess JF, Christiansen CL, Michalak SE, Morris CN. Medical profiling: improving standards and risk adjustments using hierarchical models. J Health Econ. 2000 May; 19(3):291-309.
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  71. Carey K, Burgess JF. On measuring the hospital cost/quality trade-off. Health Econ. 1999 Sep; 8(6):509-20.
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  72. Lehner L, Burgess J, Hults D, Stefos T. Data and information requirements for the Department of Veterans Affairs resource allocation systems. Med Care. 1996 Mar; 34(3 Suppl):MS21-30.
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  73. Lehner LA, Burgess JF. Teaching and hospital production: the use of regression estimates. Health Econ. 1995 Mar-Apr; 4(2):113-25.
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  74. Lehner LA, Burgess JF, Stefos T. Hospital staffing adjustments under global budgeting. Hosp Health Serv Adm. 1995; 40(4):509-23.
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  75. Burgess JF, DeFiore DA. The effect of distance to VA facilities on the choice and level of utilization of VA outpatient services. Soc Sci Med. 1994 Jul; 39(1):95-104.
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  76. Burgess JF, Stefos T. Federal provision of health care: creating access for the underinsured. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1991; 1(4):364-87.
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