Kathleen Carey

Kathleen Carey, PhD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


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, ambulatory surgery, and community health center sectors. Her work has addressed issues of cost, managed care, competition, organizational structure, and collaboration, appearing regularly 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 Massachusetts Public Health Council where she holds the governor-appointed seat representing the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. Dr. Carey serves as Associate Editor of Medical Care Research and Review and is a member of the board of directors of the National Business and Economics Society. She is a past standing member of the Health Systems and Value Research Scientific Review Committee at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and has served on numerous other national and international review committees including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, VA Health Services Research & Development, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and the National Medical Research Council of Singapore. Dr. Carey received her Ph.D. in Economics at Boston University and holds an M.A.T. from Harvard University.


  • Boston University, PhD Field of Study: Economics
  • Harvard University, MAT Field of Study: Education
  • Le Moyne College, BS Field of Study: Mathematics


  • Published on 6/11/2024

    Carey K, Cole MB. Provision of Behavioral Health Services at Community Health Centers and Hospital Emergency Department Visits. Med Care. 2024 Aug 01; 62(8):538-542. PMID: 38889202.

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  • Published on 4/23/2024

    Lin MY, Hanchate AD, Frakt AB, Burgess JF, Carey K. Association between physician-hospital integration and inpatient care delivery in accountable care organizations: An instrumental variable analysis. Health Serv Res. 2024 Apr 23. PMID: 38654539.

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  • Published on 1/20/2024

    Carey K, Cole MB. Mental health care provision in community health centers and hospital emergency department utilization. Health Serv Res. 2024 Apr; 59(2):e14283. PMID: 38243709.

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  • Published on 11/1/2022

    Cole MB, Lee EK, Davoust M, Carey K, Kim JH. Comparison of Visit Rates Before vs After Telehealth Expansion Among Patients With Mental Health Diagnoses Treated at Federally Qualified Health Centers. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Nov 01; 5(11):e2242059. PMID: 36378314.

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  • Published on 8/9/2022

    Carey K, Lin MY. Safety-net hospital performance under Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement. Health Serv Res. 2023 Feb; 58(1):101-106. PMID: 35904218.

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  • Published on 7/26/2022

    Carey K. A Comparison of Telemedicine and Office Visit Payments in a Commercially Insured Population. Med Care Res Rev. 2023 Apr; 80(2):228-235. PMID: 35880524.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Carey K, Luo Q, Dor A. Quality and Cost in Community Health Centers. Med Care. 2021 09 01; 59(9):824-828. PMID: 34081675.

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  • Published on 5/1/2021

    Stefos T, Carey K, Shen ML, Poe S, Oh DH, Moran E. The Effect of Telehealth Services on Provider Productivity. Med Care. 2021 05 01; 59(5):456-460. PMID: 33821831.

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  • Published on 3/26/2021

    Lin MY, Hanchate AD, Frakt AB, Burgess JF, Carey K. Do accountable care organizations differ according to physician-hospital integration?: A retrospective observational study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2021 Mar 26; 100(12):e25231. PMID: 33761713.

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  • Published on 1/23/2020

    Carey K, Morgan JR. Payments for outpatient joint replacement surgery: A comparison of hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers. Health Serv Res. 2020 04; 55(2):218-223. PMID: 31971261.

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