Dr. Sacarny's research explores the relationship between health care payment policy; provider and patient decision-making; and clinical quality. Much of his work studies provider quality using behavioral "nudges" and related interventions to influence prescribing behavior. He has also analyzed hospital documentation and coding, using health care claims coding as a window into how hospitals respond to financial incentives. In other work, Dr. Sacarny looks at providers in the context of markets; this work estimates the extent to which health care markets drive patients to high performance hospitals. His research has also studied patient decision-making in the context of insurance, looking at how patients shop for and pick insurance plans.
Areas of Expertise
Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Insurance, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Providers, Medicaid/Medicare, Quality of Care
Peer Comparison Letters for High Volume Primary Care Prescribers of Quetiapine in Older and Disabled Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial (with Michael Barnett, Jackson Le, Frank Tetkoski, David Yokum, and Shantanu Agrawal, JAMA Psychiatry, October 2018)
Technological Diffusion Across Hospitals: The Case of a Revenue-Generating Practice (Journal of Health Economics, July 2018)
Is the U.S. Healthcare System Wasteful and Inefficient? A Review of the Evidence (with Sherry Glied – Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, October 2018)