Emmett Keeler is a senior mathematician at RAND, a professor at UCLA and the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and the principal investigator of the Improving Chronic Illness Care Evaluation (ICICE). He has conducted technical analyses for dozens of studies evaluating quality improvement interventions, insurance design, cost-effectiveness, and quality-of-care statistics.
In the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, Keeler assessed the effects of alternative insurance plans on physiological health and developed the episode-of-treatment approach to analyze use. He also led the analysis of physiological outcomes for that study. Keeler was the lead technical analyst in the Prospective Payment System Quality of Care evaluation, addressing ways to risk-adjust outcomes and investigating the relationship between explicit, implicit, and outcome-based measures of hospital quality.
His recent projects include an investigation of how to make the business case for quality improvement as well as studies of hospital competition and Medical Savings Accounts. Three of his nearly 200 published papers have been selected as the article of their respective years by the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy and won their Distinguished Investigator Award. Keeler is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
S. M. Asch et al., "Does the Collaborative Model Improve Care for Chronic Heart Failure?" Medical Care, 43(7), 2005
G. F. Joyce et al., "The Lifetime Burden of Chronic Disease Among the Elderly," Health Affairs, 2005
J. D. Malkin et al., "Postpartum Length of Stay and Newborn Health: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis," Pediatrics, 111(4), 2003
Emmett Keeler et al., "The Changing Effects of Competition on Non-Profit and For-Profit Hospital Pricing Behavior," Journal of Health Economics, 18(1), 1999
E. Keeler et al., "Can Medical Savings Accounts Reduce Health Care Costs for Non-Elderly Employed Americans?" Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996