Chapin White

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Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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, and a Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty member. His work combines quantitative and qualitative methods and focuses on provider payment reform and the implementation and impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

White is currently leading the development of RAND's Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM), and also leading an analysis for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the spillover effects of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on the Medicare fee-for-service program. White recently completed a quantitative policy analysis of state coordinated ("Section 1332") waivers for the National Institute for Health Care Reform, and led an analysis of alternatives to the "Cadillac" tax using RAND's COMPARE microsimulation model.

He has been a lead researcher on two multi-site qualitative studies of the impacts of health reform—the first, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examined ACA-driven changes in health insurance markets in eight metropolitan areas; the second, funded by the American Medical Association, examined the impacts of payment reform on physicians and their practices. White has conducted projects analyzing the effects of changes in Medicare payments for inpatient hospital care on hospitals' operating expenses, the prices paid by private insurers, and the volume of services provided.

Before joining RAND, White was a senior health researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change (2010–2013), and a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (2005–2010). White holds a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.

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