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Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Daniel Polsky, PhD, is an economist with a research focus on access to affordable, quality health care through innovations in health insurance design, coverage, and payment.

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1812 Ashland Ave
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Pennsylvania
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Daniel Polsky is the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. He holds primary appointments in both the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School. He is the Director of the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative. From 1996-2019 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Robert D. Eilers Professor at the Wharton School and the Perelman School of Medicine. From 2012-2019 he served as executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. Dr. Polsky a national leader in the field of health policy and economics, has dedicated his career to exploring how health care is organized, managed, financed, and delivered, especially for low-income populations. His own research has advanced our understanding of the cost and quality tradeoff of interventions whether they are changes to large federal programs or local programs. He received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
Honors & Awards
Member, National Academy of Medicine.
Health and Medicine Committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers
Former senior economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
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Representative Recent Publications
  • Zhu JM, Polsky D. Private Equity and Physician Medical Practices – Navigating a Changing Ecosystem. New England Journal of Medicine, 384(11): 981-983, March 2021
  • Polsky D, Bingxiao W. Provider Networks and Health Plan Premium Variation. Health Services Research, 56(1): 16-24, February 2021
  • Zhu JM, Hua LM, Polsky D. Private Equity Acquisitions of Physician Medical Groups Across Specialties, 2013-2016. JAMA 323(7):663–665, Feb 2020.
  • Drake C, Zhang Y, Chaiyachati KH, Polsky D. The Limitations of Poor Broadband Internet Access for Telemedicine Use in Rural America: An Observational Study. Ann Intern Med 171:382-384, May 2019.
  • Polsky D, Richards M, Basseyn S, Wissoker D, Kenney GM, Zuckerman S, Rhodes KV: Appointment Availability after Increases in Medicaid Payments for Primary Care. New England Journal of Medicine 372(6): 537-545, February 2015.