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Mingshan Lu

Submitted by mives on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:48pm

Mingshan Lu, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Economics at University of Calgary, where she has been on the faculty since 1997, after earning MA and PhD in economics from Boston University.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at Department of Community Health Sciences at University of Calgary, and a Fellow at the Institute of Health Economics in Alberta. Prof. Lu has been a Visiting Professor at University of Technology, Sydney, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). She currently serves as an Associate Editor at BMC Health Services Research.

Dr. Lu a health economist whose research expertise is on health care financing issues, with a focus on the economic incentives in different funding and payment systems.  Her research program spans the following wide range of topics: design and impacts of health care payment systems; risk adjustment and fund allocation; paying for quality in health care; inequalities/disparities in health and health care; global health and health sector reform in China; and economics of substance abuse and mental health. 

Dr. Lu’s research is highly policy relevant and involves multidisciplinary work across the disciplines of economics, health services research, and health policy. She has done innovative and original research in performance-based contracting and alternative payment methods for physicians. Through applying economic theories and econometrics methods to evaluate the impacts of health care financing methods, her work has contributed significantly to the understanding of how economic incentives could be used in health care payment systems to improve performance. 

 Dr. Lu has worked on expanding the concept of risk adjustment by developing payment formulas for rewarding preventive care effort and population health improvement. The allocation of health care funds to meet population needs is one of the most urgent research and policy issues in Canada, and her research results have direct policy relevance to health care policy makers in Canada on such important topics as regional fund allocation, physician capitation payment, measuring efficiency, and setting appropriate budgets. She is now working on reviewing and developing effective risk adjustment methods for hospital length of stay.

During recent years, Dr. Lu has been actively working on health policy and health reform issues in China, establishing herself as a leading scholar in this area. While health care reform is one of the most critical and challenging issues facing countries all around the world, the challenges policy makers in China face with right now are particularly urgent. The Chinese government has realized the failure of its past healthcare reforms and the magnitude of the problems in the current healthcare system, and is in the process of seeking ways to redesign it. The on-going health care reforms in China have been attracting world-wide attention from not only academic researchers, but also industry leaders and policy makers. Experiences and evidences generated from such vast experimental field would continue to generate profound impacts for many years to come. Dr. Lu has been working on topics related with disparities and inequalities in health and health care, provider payment and health insurance reforms, and hospital reforms in China. Dr. Lu is currently pursuing research programs on Electronic Health Records, risk adjustment, and hospital payment in China. 

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