Dr. Allison Rosen receives prestigious SGIM Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

Dr. Allison B. Rosen received the 2010 Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) for her research on measuring and improving the value of U.S. health care spending. The award provides national recognition for early career achievements and an overall body of work that has made a national impact on generalist research.

Dr. Rosen is an Associate Professor of the newly established Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) and a faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is a general internist whose research centers on how best to measure and improve the value of health care spending, with a particular focus on the feasibility and effectiveness of tailoring payment policies to ensure that health is maximized – rather than compromised – by policy efforts to contain costs.

Dr. Rosen received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, masters of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and medical degree from Duke University. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco followed by an AHRQ Health Services Research fellowship at Harvard University, during which she completed her doctorate in Health Policy and Management. Prior to coming to UMass, she spent six years on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and Public Health, where she was founding member and Clinical Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Value Based Insurance Design (VBID). She is now an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan and remains an active member of the center, consulting on the design, implementation and evaluation of employer-services by linking patient out-of-pocket costs to value.

With her unique dual grounding in clinical medicine and health economics and policy, Dr. Rosen is also playing an important role on the national health policy stage. She is co-principal investigator of an NIH sponsored multi-million dollar program of research centered on revising the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) – the system that tracks U.S. health care spending – to more systematically measure the value of (or Health improvements due to) healthcare cost growth. She collaborates extensively with faculty in other disciplines as well as with the federal agencies that measure the productivity of the U.S. health sector. She is a member of a 3 year National Health Accounts, and is advising the Bureau of Economic Analysis (developers of the Gross Domestic Product) in their work to revise how productivity in health care is measured.