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 employers, technology companies, and governments.

In prior work, Liu has 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. He has also helped clients develop pricing strategies for new medical technologies and guide their marketing efforts. In addition, Liu has extensive knowledge in the Chinese health care system and its recent health reform. Recently, he helped a client conceptualize a new health care model for China that will enable the country to manage its increased burden of chronic disease and improve its population health.

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

  • Economic evaluation of workplace wellness programs
  • Development of pricing and marketing strategies for a new medical device
  • Economic evaluation of a new primary care model
  • Analysis of the formation of accountable care organizations
  • Forecasting health care costs for a country in the Middle East

Selected Publications

Auerbach DI, Liu H, Hussey PS, Lau C, Mehrotra A., "Accountable Care Organization Formation Is Associated With Integrated Systems But Not High Medical Spending," Health Affairs, 32(10):1781-88, 2013

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," Journal of American Medical Association, 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