Peter S. Hussey

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Vice President and Director, RAND Health Care; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in biology, Johns Hopkins University

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Peter Hussey is vice president and director of RAND Health Care, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Previously, he directed the RAND Health Services Delivery Systems program. As director of RAND Health Care, he manages one of the world's largest health policy research organizations, with over 200 experts working on over 200 projects at any point in time. His research career has focused on innovations in health care payment and delivery. Hussey is the author of over 100 publications and has presented widely on health policy topics to practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. Prior to joining RAND, Hussey worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. He received his Ph.D. in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Selected Publications

63.Anderson GF, Hussey PS, Petrosyan V, "It’s Still the Prices, Stupid: Why the U.S. Spends So Much on Health Care, and a Tribute to Uwe Reinhardt," Health Affairs, 38(1), 2019

Price RA, Sloss EM, Cefalu M, Farmer CM, Hussey PS, "Comparing Quality of Care in Veterans Affairs and Non-Veterans Affairs Settings," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33(10), 2018

Hussey PS, Liu JL, White C, "The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act: Effects on Medicare Payment Policy and Spending," Health Affairs, 36(4), 2017

Hussey PS, Friedberg MW, Anhang Price R, Lovejoy SL, Damberg CL, "Episode-Based Approaches to Measuring Health Care Quality," Medical Care Research and Review, 74(2), 2017

Hussey PS, Timbie JW, Burgette LF, Wenger NS, Nyweide DJ, Kahn KL, "Appropriateness of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Ordering Before and After Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Systems," JAMA, 313(21), 2015

Hussey PS, Wertheimer S, Mehrotra A, "The Association Between Health Care Quality and Cost: A Systematic Review," Annals of Internal Medicine , 158(1), 2013

Hussey PS, Ridgely MS, Rosenthal MB, "The PROMETHEUS Bundled Payment Experiment: Slow Start Shows Problems in Implementing New Payment Models," Health Affairs, 30(11), 2011

Hussey PS, Eibner C, Ridgely MS, McGlynn EA, "Controlling U.S. Health Care Spending — Separating Promising from Unpromising Approaches," New England Journal of Medicine, 361(22), 2009


  • Child wearing a face mask and gloves, holding a binder with Back to School and drawings of coronavirus, photo by Amy Mitchell/Getty Images

    To Reopen Schools Safely, Prepare for New COVID-19 Test Capabilities

    Safely reopening K–12 schools for in-person instruction requires complicated protocols ranging from symptom monitoring to physical distancing, as well as containment of transmission in the community. State policymakers and school leaders could begin planning now to draft, pilot, and evaluate protocols for reopening schools that incorporate rapid testing.

    Aug 28, 2020 The RAND Blog

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    Improving MACRA's Chances of Success

    Starting in 2019, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act will integrate and potentially simplify performance measurement by combining many measures and programs. Research provides insight into how to avoid pitfalls in MACRA's rollout.

    Jan 9, 2017 The Health Care Blog

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    The Winding Path to Effective Bundled Payment

    It's not unusual for a demonstration to fall short of its original objectives. Learning from such cases is part of the innovation process. This is especially worthwhile for bundled payment, which has many potential benefits for patients, providers, and payers.

    Aug 29, 2014 Health Affairs Blog

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    Do You Get What You Pay For? Maybe Not in Health Care

    While the current state of the evidence does not provide clear guidance to policymakers seeking to address the twin pillars of health care quality and cost, it is apparent that researchers must produce more detailed data on how to reduce health care spending while improving quality, writes Peter Hussey.

    Feb 12, 2013 The RAND Blog