Hangsheng Liu

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Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Boston Office


Ph.D. in health services research and policy, University of Rochester; M.S. in social medicine and health management, Fudan University; B.Med. (medical degree), Shanghai Medical University


Hangsheng Liu is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, the practice lead in technology and population health for RAND Health Advisory Services, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Trained in medicine and public policy, he has extensive experience using economic and policy analyses to support decisionmaking for both private entities and governments. In particular, his recent work focuses on developing new business models for device and pharmaceutical companies and demonstrating value of these new models.

In prior work, Liu helped clients estimate the size of potential markets, develop pricing strategies for new medical technologies, and guide their marketing efforts. He has also evaluated various new technologies, program interventions, and public policies, such as technologies on e-prescribing and medication adherence, employer-sponsored health and wellness programs, innovations in primary care, workers' compensation programs and payment reforms, quality improvement initiatives, and laws and regulations.

Liu received a B.Med. (medical degree) from Shanghai Medical University, an M.S. in social medicine and health management from Fudan University, and a Ph.D. in health services research and policy from the University of Rochester.

Recent Projects

  • Developing and evaluting new business models for pharmaceutical and device companies
  • Analysis of the formation of accountable care organizations
  • Developing pricing and marketing strategies for a new medical device
  • Economic evaluation of a new primary care model
  • Economic evaluation of workplace wellness programs

Selected Publications

Liu H, Mattke S, Predmore ZS, "Medicare Coverage of Anesthesia Services During Screening Colonoscopies for Patients at Low Risk of Sedation-Related Complications," JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(11):1848-50, 2015

Liu H, Mattke S,Harris K, Weinberger S, Serxner S, Caloyeras JP, and Exum E., "Do Workplace Wellness Programs Reduce Medical Costs? Evidence from a Fortune 500 Company," Inquiry, 50(2):150-8, 2013

Liu H, Harris K, Zakowski S, Serxner S, Mattke S, Exum E, "Effect of Employer-sponsored Population Health Management Program on Medical Cost and Utilization," Population Health Management, 16(1):1-6, 2013

Liu H, Waxman D, Main R, Mattke S, "Trends in Cost and Utilization of Anesthesia Services during Gastroenterology Procedures in 2003-2009," JAMA, 307(11):1178-1184, 2012

Liu H, Bell D, Burkart Q, "Evaluation of the NCPDP Structured and Codified Sig Format for e-prescriptions," Journal of American Medical Information Association, 18:645-651, 2011

Liu H, Burns R, Schaefer AG, Ruder T, Nelson C, Haviland A, Gray WB, Mendeloff J, "The Pennsylvania Certified Safety Committee Program: An Evaluation of Participation and Effects on Work Injury Rates," American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53(8):780-791, 2010

Liu H, Phelps CE, Veazie PJ, Dick AW, Klein JD, Shone LP, Noyes K, Szilagyi PG, "Managed Care Quality of Care and Plan Choice in New York SCHIP," Health Services Research, 44(3):843-861, 2009

Liu H, Phelps CE, "Non-price competition and quality of care in managed care: The New York SCHIP market," Health Services Research, 43(3):971-87, 2008