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Dr. Andreea Balan-Cohen

Dr. Andreea Balan-Cohen is Vice President, IMPAQ Health. She leads the Payment Models & Quality Measurement practice area, which evaluates and implements innovative care delivery and financing approaches intended to improve quality of care, patient experience, and reduce costs.

Expertise

Dr. Balan-Cohen has more than 11 years of post-doctoral health care analysis experience, with a particular focus on quality and performance measurement and evaluation. She has extensive expertise in a wide array of econometric and analytics methods and their applications to health care policy and economic analysis. Her research and project work has focused on a variety of health care topics, including value-based care, payment reform, health system and health plan financial performance, quality measurement, patient experience, economic valuation of new technologies, and socio-economic determinants of health.

Prior Experience 

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Balan-Cohen led the quantitative practice at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a think-tank that conducts internally-funded research on the nation’s newest and most pressing health care issues and approaches to care delivery, access, costs, financing, quality, and outcomes. Earlier in her career, Dr. Balan-Cohen was a Senior Health Economist at the World Bank, a Senior Associate at Charles River Associates, and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tufts University.

Education

Dr. Balan-Cohen earned her Ph.D. and BA in economics (summa cum laude) from Harvard University. 

Selected Presentations

Korba, C. & Balan-Cohen, A. (2019, February). Strategies for Stemming the Opioid Epidemic. Poster presentation at the National Health Policy Conference, Washington, DC.

Balan-Cohen, A. & Leal Trujillo, J. (2018). Does the Structure of Physician Referral Networks Matter for Physician Cost Performance? Evidence from Medicare. Presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) 2018 and American Society of Health Economists Annual Conference 2018. Winner of Best of ARM Conference abstract.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2018). Shift of hospital services to outpatient settings: does value-based care play a role? Invited presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2018 and American Society of Health Economists Annual Conference 2018.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2018). Do Hospitals That Are Further Along In Terms of Value-Based Care Invest More in HIT technology? Invited presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2018 and American Society of Health Economists Annual Conference 2018.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2018). Are Hospital Star Ratings Giving Consumers and Accurate Way to Gauge Quality? Invited presentation at the American Society of Health Economists Annual Meeting 2018; poster presentation at the National Health Policy Conference 2018.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2018, February). Health plan financial performance, 2011-2016. How Have Health Plans Fared Under the ACA? Poster presentation at the National Health Policy Conference, Washington, DC.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2017).Value of Patient Experience: Hospitals with Higher Experience Scores Have Higher Profitability and Quality Scores. Invited presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2017; Cornell Hospitality, Health & Design Symposium: In Search of a Healthy Future 2016. Winner of Top 10 Best ARM Abstracts 2017.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2018). Patience Experience: The Bottom-line Impact for Medical Practices. Presentation at the Medical Group Management Association.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2017). Emergency Room Use under the ACA: Is Access to Alternative Care Settings Improving? Invited presentation at New England Regional Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Meeting 2017, AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2017, National Health Policy Conference 2017, International Health Economics Association International Congress 2017.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2017, February). Hospital Financial Performance between 2011-2016: Changes, Challenges, and the Road Ahead. Poster presentation at the National Health Policy Conference.

Balan-Cohen, A. (2017). Going Digital: Identifying and Engaging the Newly Empowered Healthcare Consumer. Presentation at Beryl Institute of Patient Experience. 

Balan-Cohen, A. & Korba, C. (2017). What Role Should Health Systems’ Play in Addressing Social Needs, and How Much Progress Has Been Made so Far? Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2017, National Health Policy Conference 2017.