Carole Roan Gresenz

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Senior Economist
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Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Brown University; B.A. in economics, Loyola University Maryland

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Carole Roan Gresenz is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests and expertise include health care organization and finance, health disparities in medical care, and access to and quality of care among vulnerable populations. Her ongoing work includes estimation of the effects of dementia on financial outcomes in the period before diagnosis, and analysis of the effects of aggressive versus conservative treatment for low-risk prostate cancer on mortality, adverse side effects and episode treatment costs. Her recent work includes an examination of the effect of health information technology on the quality of ambulatory care, and evaluation of the shift of dual-eligibles to managed care in Virginia. Gresenz previously served as the associate director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice and as director of the Health Economics, Finance, and Organization program within RAND Health. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Bette Jacobs Endowed Professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration, School of Nursing and Health Studies at Georgetown University. Gresenz serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research and Medical Care Research and Review. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University and a B.A. in economics from Loyola University Maryland.

Recent Projects

  • Quantifying the effect of dementia on financial outcomes in the pre-diagnosis period
  • Assessing the value of aggressive treatment of low-risk prostate cancer
  • Health information technology and quality of care in ambulatory settings

Selected Publications

Gresenz CR "Using Big Data to Assess Community Health & Inform Local Health Care Policymaking," in H. Kumar Jayasuriya and Kathryn Ritcheske, Big Data, Big Challenges in Evidence-Based Policy Making, West Academic Publishing, 2015

Saloner, B; Gresenz CR, "Health Care Experiences of Hispanic Children in Emerging and Traditional Destinations in the United States," Medical Care, 54(5), 2016

Escarce JJ, Edgington S, Gresenz CR, "Spillover Effects of Community Uninsurance on Awareness, Treatment and Control of Hypertension Among Insured Adults," Medical Care, 52(7), 2014

Miller A, Eibner C, Gresenz CR, "Financing of Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Plans Before and After Health Reform: What Consumers Don't Know Won't Hurt Them?" International Review of Law and Economics, 0(36), 2013

Gresenz, CR, Edgington S, Laugesen M, Escarce JJ, "Income Eligibility Thresholds, Premium Contributions, and Children's Coverage Outcomes: A Study of CHIP Expansions," Health Services Research, 48(2 Pt 2), 2013

Blanchard J, Madden JM, Ross-Degnan D, Gresenz CR, Soumerai SB, "The Relationship Between Emergency Department Use and Cost-Related Medication Non-Adherence among Medicare Beneficiaries," Annals of Emergency Medicine, 62(5), 2013

Gresenz CR, Derose KP, Ruder T, Escarce JJ, "Health Care Experiences of Hispanics in New and Traditional Destinations," Medical Care Research and Review, 69(6), 2012

Gresenz CR, Edgington S, Laugesen M, Escarce JJ, "Take-Up of Public Insurance and Crowd-Out of Private Insurance under Recent CHIP Expansions to Higher Income Children," Health Services Research, 47(5), 2012