Kathleen Carey, PhD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Kathleen Carey
(781) 687-2140kcarey@bu.edu
Talbot – T262W
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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.


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM833


  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/6/2016

    Carey K. Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Prices in Hospital Outpatient Departments. Med Care Res Rev. 2016 Mar 06. PMID: 26951624.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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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  • Published on 1/10/2015

    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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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    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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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Economies of scale and scope: The case of specialty hospitals. Contemporary Economic Policy. 2015; 33(1):104-117.

  • Published on 5/7/2014

    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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