Jeffery Ballou

Jeffrey Ballou

Associate Director
Areas of Expertise
  • Incentive design
  • Competition
  • Performance measurement
  • Long-term care
Topics
  • Health
  • Quality Measurement
  • Care Delivery Systems
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
About Jeffrey

Jeffrey Ballou’s research focuses on performance measurement and health care payment reform. His work informs efforts to lower costs and improve health care quality through physician performance measurement.

Ballou directs a project for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that advises on incentives to encourage physicians to deliver high-value care to Medicare beneficiaries and develops confidential feedback reports for physicians to support practice improvement. He has analyzed effects of Part B drug payment reform; reform of health insurance markets; comparative assessments of methods used to conduct comparative effectiveness research studies and standards for evaluating the quality of those studies; and provision of home and community-based services, relative to institutional long-term care, for low-income elderly and people with disabilities. His research on competition and the effects of incentives in health care and higher education markets focused on analyses of market power and product differentiation in nursing home markets.

Prior to joining Mathematica, Ballou held faculty positions in the Northeastern University Department of Economics and Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

Key Projects
  • health-computer
    Developing Resource Use Reports for Medicare Fee-for-Service Claims

    Mathematica assisted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with designing a system to implement physician value-based purchasing for Medicare beneficiaries, which includes development and distribution of confidential physician feedback reports that inform physicians of their performance on quality...