Kathleen Carey, PhD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Kathleen Carey
(617) 358-2058kcarey@bu.edu
Talbot – T265W
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Kathleen Carey, a Health Economist, is a Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. Her scholarship addresses the economics, organization, and regulation of the U.S. health care system, with a focus on efficient delivery of care in the hospital sector. Her work has addressed issues of cost, managed care, competition, organizational structure, and collaboration, appearing in leading peer-reviewed journals. As principal investigator, she has been the recipient of numerous federal and private research grants, and has developed state-of-the-art econometric models that evaluate U.S. health care policy. Dr. Carey is a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Care Research and Review.


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Harvard University, MAT
  • Le Moyne College, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM833


  • Published on 2/6/2018

    Carey K. Measuring Cardiovascular Health Over the Life Course: A Lesson From Economics. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Feb 06; 7(3). PMID: 29432135.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/12/2017

    Carey K, Mitchell JM. Specialization and production cost efficiency: evidence from ambulatory surgery centers. Int J Health Econ Manag. 2018 Mar; 18(1):83-98. PMID: 28900775.

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  • Published on 8/1/2017

    Carey K, Mitchell JM. Specialization as an Organizing Principle: The Case of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Med Care Res Rev. 2017 Aug 01; 1077558717729228. PMID: 29148356.

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  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Carey K, Dor A. Price Variations and Their Trends in U.S. Hospitals. Journal of Healthcare Finance. 2017; 44(1).

  • Published on 10/1/2016

    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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  • Published on 8/3/2016

    Carey K. Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Prices in Hospital Outpatient Departments. Med Care Res Rev. 2017 Apr; 74(2):236-248. PMID: 26951624.

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  • Published on 2/1/2016

    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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  • Published on 10/1/2015

    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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  • Published on 7/1/2015

    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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  • Published on 6/1/2015

    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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