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 an adjunct 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). 

White is currently leading the development and application of RAND's Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM), and recently completed an analysis of health reform options for the state of Oregon. In other recent work, White has analyzed the spillover effects of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on the Medicare fee-for-service program, out-of-network hospital care in New Jersey, and 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

  • Prices Paid to Hospitals by Private Health Plans Are High Relative to Medicare and Vary Widely: Findings from an Employer-Led Transparency Initiative
  • A Comprehensive Assessment of Four Options for Financing Health Care Delivery in Oregon
  • Evaluating the Impact of Policies to Regulate Involuntary Out-of-Network Charges on New Jersey Hospitals
  • Can the Cadillac Tax Be Made Less Regressive by Replacing It with an Exclusion Cap?
  • The Latest on Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending: A Demographic Divide Persists But Variation Has Narrowed

Selected Publications

Weber, Ellerie, Eric Floyd, Youngran Kim, and Chapin White, "Peering Behind the Veil: Trends in Types of Contracts Between Private Health Plans and Hospitals," Medical Care Research and Review, 2019

Chapin White, James D Reschovsky, Amelia M Bond, "Understanding Differences between High- and Low-price Hospitals: Implications for Efforts to Rein in Costs," Health Affairs, 2014

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), 2013

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

Chapin White, "Cutting Medicare Hospital Prices Leads to a Spillover Reduction in Hospital Discharges for the Nonelderly," Health Services Research, 2014

Chapin White, Christine Eibner, Jodi Liu, Carter C. Price, Nora Leibowitz, Gretchen Morley, Jeanene Smith, Tina Edlund, Jack Meyer, A Comprehensive Assessment of Four Options for Financing Health Care Delivery in Oregon, RAND (RR-1662), 2017

Chapin White Jodi L. Liu Mikhail Zaydman Sarah A. Nowak Peter S. Hussey, The RAND Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM): Concepts, Methods, and Examples, RAND (RR-1428), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Director's Award, Congressional Budget Office