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Adam Atherly, PhD 



Dr. Atherly’s research targets health economics, with an emphasis on the economics of aging and consumer decisions regarding health plan choice. Much of his research focuses on the Medicare program, including studies on the design of the new Medicare “Part D” program, choice of secondary insurance, and the Medicare Advantage managed care system. Dr. Atherly also recently completed an evaluation of the Medicare “Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Act “HIFA” expansion funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Dr. Atherly is also a visiting associate professor in the College of Health Sciences at American University of Armenia and was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Atherly received his PhD in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and a MA in economics from the University of Washington. 

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Research Interests:
  • Health Insurance
  • Uninsured
  • Health Care Financing and Cost
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Health Reform
Courses Taught:
  • Health Systems, Management and Policy (HSMP 6603)
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis (HSMP 6609)
  • The Affordable Care Act the the U.S. Healthcare System (HSMP 6641)
  • Principles of Decision Analysis in Health Care (HSMP 6642) (syllabus pending)
  • Foundations of Health Services Research (HSMP 7010)


Current Research:
  • “Effects of changes in Medicaid physician fees on use of preventive care” (fund by  NIH R21)
  • “A Comparison of the Usability and Cost Effectiveness of Emerging Technologies for Telemedicine Intervention” (funded by DOD)
  • University of Arizona, BA, Economics, 1989
  • University of Washington, MA, Economics, 1992
  • University of Minnesota, PhD, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, 1998


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