Chapin White

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Senior Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; M.P.P. in health policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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Chapin White is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, specializing in health economics. His work combines quantitative and qualitative methods, and focuses on provider payment reform and the implementation and impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He is currently leading analyses of price transparency in health care and its potential to slow health spending growth, and state-coordinated ("Section 1332") waivers. His recent work examined the effects of changes in Medicare payments for inpatient hospital care and variation in the prices paid by private health plans for hospital care and physician services. He was also one of the lead researchers for a multi-site qualitative study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that used structured stakeholder interviews to examine ACA-driven changes in health insurance markets. Prior to joining RAND, White was a senior health researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change and a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). His work at the CBO focused on microsimulation modeling of health reform, long-term trends and geographic variation in health spending, medical malpractice, and provision of community benefits by nonprofit hospitals. White earned his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Recent Projects

  • Can Price Transparency Help Slow the Growth in Health Care Spending?
  • The Third Way: State-Based Options for Affordable Universal Health Coverage
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) Monitoring and Tracking
  • Spending Variations in a Privately Insured Texas Population

Selected Publications

Chapin White, "Contrary To Cost-Shift Theory, Lower Medicare Hospital Payment Rates For Inpatient Care Lead To Lower Private Payment Rates," Health Affairs, 32(5):935-943, 2013

Chapin White and Vivian Yaling Wu, "How Do Hospitals Cope with Sustained Slow Growth in Medicare Prices?" Health Services Research, 2013

Chapin White and Tracy Yee, "When Medicare Cuts Hospital Prices, Seniors Use Less Inpatient Care," Health Affairs, 32(10):1789-1795, 2013

Chapin White, "A Comparison of Two Approaches to Increasing Access to Care: Expanding Coverage versus Increasing Physician Fees," Health Services Research, 47(3, Part I):963-983, 2012

Chapin White, "Health Status and Hospital Prices Key to Regional Variation in Private Health Care Spending," National Institute for Health Care Reform Research Brief, (7), 2012

Chapin White and Paul B. Ginsburg, "Slower Growth in Medicare Spending -- Is This the New Normal?" New England Journal of Medicine, 366(12):1073-1075, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Director's Award, Congressional Budget Office