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Kathleen Carey, PhD

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Law, Policy & Management
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-1459
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-7924-431X
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Kathleen Carey has published extensively on hospitals and on the effects of organizational structure on provider performance, with particular interest in the determinants of hospital and other health care costs. She has developed new methods of hospital cost analysis and has adapted state-of-the-art econometric models to the study of hospital cost functions. She has applied these in numerous ways, including study of the effects of patient lengths of hospitalization and hospital size on costs, as well as measurement of the hospital cost/quality trade-off. She has authored a number of studies that investigate the effects of organizational change in the hospital industry on competition and cost efficiency. She is currently conducting an AHRQ study that investigates the relationship between hospital length of stay and costly readmission. Dr. Carey is on the Editorial BoardĀ of Medical Care Research and Review.

 Publications
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  1. Carey K, Lin MY. Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: Safety-Net Hospitals Show Improvement, Modifications To Penalty Formula Still Needed. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Oct 01; 35(10):1918-1923. PMID: 27654841.
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  2. Carey K. Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Prices in Hospital Outpatient Departments. Med Care Res Rev. 2016 Mar 06. PMID: 26951624.
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  3. Mitchell JM, Carey K. A Comparison of Ambulatory Surgery Center Production Costs and Medicare Payments: Evidence on Colonoscopy and Endoscopy. Med Care. 2016 Feb; 54(2):126-32. PMID: 26595226.
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  4. Carey K. Price Increases Were Much Lower In Ambulatory Surgery Centers Than Hospital Outpatient Departments In 2007-12. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Oct; 34(10):1738-44. PMID: 26438751.
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  5. Drainoni ML, Carey K, Morgan J, Christensen CL, McDoom M, Maloney M, Sullivan M. An interrupted continuum of care? What are the risk factors and comorbidities related to long-term engagement and retention in HIV care?. Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research. 2015; 7(6).
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  6. Carey K, Lin MY. Readmissions To New York Hospitals Fell For Three Target Conditions From 2008 To 2012, Consistent With Medicare Goals. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Jun; 34(6):978-85. PMID: 26056203.
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  7. Carey K, Stefos T. The cost of hospital readmissions: evidence from the VA. Health Care Manag Sci. 2016 Sep; 19(3):241-8. PMID: 25576391.
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  8. Dor A, Encinosa WE, Carey K. Medicare's Hospital Compare quality reports appear to have slowed price increases for two major procedures. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Jan; 34(1):71-7. PMID: 25561646.
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  9. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Economies of scale and scope: The case of specialty hospitals. Contemporary Economic Policy. 2015; 33(1):104-117.
  10. Carey K. Measuring the hospital length of stay/readmission cost trade-off under a bundled payment mechanism. Health Econ. 2015 Jul; 24(7):790-802. PMID: 24803387.
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  11. Carey K, Lin MY. Hospital length of stay and readmission: an early investigation. Med Care Res Rev. 2014 Feb; 71(1):99-111. PMID: 24132581.
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  12. Carey K, Kazis LE, Lee AF, Liang MH, Li NC, Hinson MI, Lydon MK, Bauk H, Shapiro GD, Tompkins RG. Measuring the cost of care for children with acute burn injury. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Sep; 73(3 Suppl 2):S229-33. PMID: 22929551.
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  13. 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. PMID: 21643936.
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  14. Carey K, Stefos T, Shibei Zhao, Borzecki AM, Rosen AK. Excess costs attributable to postoperative complications. Med Care Res Rev. 2011 Aug; 68(4):490-503. PMID: 21536599.
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  15. 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. PMID: 21433218.
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  16. Carey K, Stefos T. Controlling for quality in the hospital cost function. Health Care Manag Sci. 2011 Jun; 14(2):125-34. PMID: 21086051.
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  17. Carey K, Stefos T. Measuring the cost of hospital adverse patient safety events. Health Econ. 2011 Dec; 20(12):1417-30. PMID: 20967761.
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  18. Kim KH, Carey K, Burgess JF. Emergency department visits: the cost of trauma centers. Health Care Manag Sci. 2009 Sep; 12(3):243-51. PMID: 19739358.
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  19. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Single specialty hospitals and nurse staffing patterns. Med Care Res Rev. 2009 Jun; 66(3):307-19. PMID: 19168683.
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  20. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Single specialty hospitals and service competition. Inquiry. 2009; 46(2):162-71. PMID: 19694389.
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  21. Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Specialty hospitals and uncompensated care in general hospitals. Journal of Health Care Finance. 2009; 36(1):60-68.
  22. Carey K, Dor A. Contract management in USA hospitals: service duplication and access within local markets. Health Serv Manage Res. 2008 Aug; 21(3):161-7. PMID: 18647944.
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  23. 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. PMID: 18662170.
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  24. Carey K, Montez-Rath ME, Rosen AK, Christiansen CL, Loveland S, Ettner SL. Use of VA and Medicare services by dually eligible veterans with psychiatric problems. Health Serv Res. 2008 Aug; 43(4):1164-83. PMID: 18355256.
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  25. Carey K, Dor A. Expense preference behavior and management 'outsourcing': An empirical test for adopters and non-adopters of contract management in U.S. hospitals. Journal of Productivity Analysis. 2008; 29(1):61-75.
  26. 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. PMID: 18634641.
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  27. Burgess JF, Carey K, Young GJ. The effect of network arrangements on hospital pricing behavior. J Health Econ. 2005 Mar; 24(2):391-405. PMID: 15721051.
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  28. Carey K, Dor A. Trends in contract management: the hidden evolution in hospital organization. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Nov-Dec; 23(6):192-9. PMID: 15537598.
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  29. Wilson PW, Carey K. Nonparametric analysis of returns to scale in the U.S. hospital industry. Journal of Applied Econometrics. 2004; 19(4):505-524.
  30. Carey K. Hospital cost efficiency and system membership. Inquiry. 2003; 40(1):25-38. PMID: 12836906.
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  31. Carey K. Hospital length of stay and cost: A patient level analysis. Health Services Research and Outcomes Methodology. 2002; 3(1):41-56.
  32. Carey K. A multilevel modelling approach to analysis of patient costs under managed care. Health Econ. 2000 Jul; 9(5):435-46. PMID: 10903543.
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  33. Carey K, Burgess JF. Hospital costing: Experience from the VHA. Financial Accountability & Management. 2000; 16(4):289-308.
  34. Carey K. Hospital cost containment and length of stay: An econometric analysis. Southern Economic Journal. 2000; 67(2):363-380.
  35. Carey K, Burgess JF. On measuring the hospital cost/quality trade-off. Health Econ. 1999 Sep; 8(6):509-20. PMID: 10544316.
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  36. Carey K. Stochastic demand for hospitals and optimizing "excess" bed capacity. Journal of Regulatory Economics. 1998; 14(2):165-187.
  37. Carey K. A panel data design for estimating hospital cost functions. The Review of Economics and Statistics. 1997; 3(79):443-453.
  38. Carey K. Cost allocation patterns between hospital inpatient and outpatient departments. Health Serv Res. 1994 Aug; 29(3):275-92. PMID: 8063566.
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  39. Koop G, Carey K. Using seminonparametric methods to model hospital cost functions: The multi-product asymptotically ideal model. Journal of Productivity Analysis. 1994; 5(2):141-159.
  40. Carey K. Reservation price announcement in sealed bid auctions. Journal of Industrial Economics. 1993; 14(2):421-429.
  41. Carey K. The U.S. wheat and corn programs: Some domestic welfare and international trade implications. Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics. 1992; 30(1):179-186.
  42. Carey K. Optimal hotel capacity: The case of Barbados. Social and Economic Studies. 1992; 41(2):103-126.
  43. Carey K, Stefos T. Measuring inpatient and outpatient costs: a cost-function approach. Health Care Financ Rev. 1992; 14(2):115-24. PMID: 10127447.
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  44. Carey K. Estimation of Caribbean tourism demand: Issues in measurement and methodology. Atlantic Economic Journal. 1991; 19(3):32-40.
  45. Carey K. Tourism development in LDCs: Hotel capacity expansion with reference to Barbados. World Development. 1989; 17(1):59-67.
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