Research Papers and Publications


The Health Benefits of Medicare Expenditures: Evidence from the Healthcare Cost Slowdown” (with A. Chandra, C. Colla,  J. Skinner) NBER Working Paper 19700 , December 2016.

Hospital Competition, Quality, and Expenditures in The U.S. Medicare Population” (with C. Colla, J. Bynum, A. Austin and J. Skinner) NBER working paper No: 22826, November 2016.


Managing new health technologies” Jonathan S. Skinner and Amitabh Chandra. OCED Observer No. 309 Q1 2017.

Replacing the Affordable Care Act Lessons From Behavioral Economics” Jonathan S. Skinner and Kevin G. Volpp. JAMA. Published online April 3, 2017.doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4084.

Hemoglobin A1c Testing and Amputation Rates in Black, Hispanic, and White Medicare Patients” Suckow BD, Newhall KA, Bekelis K, Faerber AE, Gottlieb DJ, Skinner JS. Annals of vascular surgery 2016 36;208-217.

Physician Practice Style Variation—Implications for Policy” Van Parys J, Skinner J. JAMA Internal Medicine 2016 176;(10):1549-1550.

Long-Term Revisional or Contralateral Treatments After Carotid Revascularization in the Vascular Quality Initiative” Svoboda RM, Newhall K, Sedrakyan A, Skinner J, Stone DH, Goodney PP. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2016 64(3):858-859.

Primary Stroke Center Hospitalization for Elderly Patients With Stroke Implications for Case Fatality and Travel Times” Bekelis, K, Marth NJ, Wong K, Zhou W, Birkmeyer JD, Skinner J. JAMA Internal Medicine 2016;176(9):1361-1368.

An analysis of patient-sharing physician networks and implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy” Moen EL, Austin AM, Bynum JP, Skinner JS, O’Malley AJ. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology 2016; 16(3):132-153.

Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenditures in the United States: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study” Fahle S, McGarry K and Skinner J. Fiscal Studies, Vol. 00, no.0, pp. 1-35 (2016) 0143-5671.

The Past and Future of the Affordable Care Act
Skinner J, Chandra A
JAMA, Published online July 11, 2016. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10158.

The relationship of regional hemoglobin A1c testing and amputation rate among patients with diabetes
Newhall KA , Bekelis K, Suckow BD, Gottlieb DJ, Farber AE, Goodney PP, …
Vascular, 2016 May 19 pii: 1708538116650099. [Epub ahead of print].

Use of Guideline-Directed Medications for Heart Failure Before Cardioverter-De fi brillator Implantation
Roth GA , Poole JE , Zaha R , Zhou W , Skinner JS , Morden NE
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 2016, 67 (9), 1062-1069.

Technology Diffusion and Productivity Growth in Health Care
Skinner JS, Staiger D
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015 97 (5), 951-964.

Antibiotic Use in Cold and Flu Season and Prescribing Quality
Alsan M, Morden NE, Gottlieb DJ, Zhou W , Skinner JS
Medical care, 2015 53 (12), 1066-1071.

The Burden of Health Care Costs for Patients With Dementia in the Last 5 Years of Life
Kelley AS, McGarry K, Gorges R, Skinner JS
Annals of Internal Medicine, 2015 163 (10), 729-736.

Statins and subarachnoid hemorrhage in Medicare patients with unruptured cerebral aneurysms
Bekelis K, Smith J, Zhou W, MacKenzie TA, Roberts DW, Skinner JS, …
International Journal of Stroke, 2015 10 (A100), 38-45

Are Black-White Mortality Rates Converging? Acute Myocardial Infarction in the U.S., 1993-2010
Chandra A, Hoppenfeld T, Skinner J
Insights in the Economics of Aging,  10 June 2015.

Local Population Characteristics and Hemoglobin A1c Testing Rates among Diabetic Medicare Beneficiaries
Yasaitis LC, Bubolz T,  Skinner JS, Chandra A
PloS one, 2014 9 (10), e111119.

Prescription Opioid Use Among Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries: Intensity, Trends and Regional Variation” Morden NE, Munson JC, Colla CH, Skinner JS, Bynum JPW, Zhou, W, Meara E. Medical Care, 2014;52:852-859.

Spirometry, Exacerbations and Bronchodilator Use Among COPD Patients Initiating Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy” Munson JC, Mahler DA, Smith J, Morden NE, Skinner JS B39. COPD Exacerbations:Precipitating Factors, Prevention, and Outcomes 2014

Association of Statin Use with the risk of Subarachnoid Hemmorrhage in Medicare Patients with unruptured Cerebal Aneurysms” Bekelis K, Smith J, Zhou W, Roberts D, Skinner J, Morden M. Stoke, 2014;45:A205.

Fragmentation of Care and the Use of Head Computed Tomography in patients with Ischemic Stroke” (with Kimon Bekelis, David W. Roberts and Weiping Zhou, March 2014).

A Population health approach to reducing observational intensity bias in health risk adjustment: cross sectional analysis of insurance claims” Wennberg, DE, Sharp SM, Bevaan, G, Skinner JS, Gottlieb D, Wennberg, JE. BMJ, March 2014; 348:g2392.

Is This Time Different? The Slowdown in Health Care Spending” (with A. Chandra, J. Holmes, J. Skinner) Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Fall 2013.

Association Between Physician Supply, Local Practice Norms, and Outpatient Visit Rates Medical Care” Yasaitis LC, Bynum JP, Skinner JS. Med Care June 2013;51(6): 524-531.

Public Financing Of The Medicare Program Will Make Its Uniform Structure Increasingly Costly To Sustain” Baicker K, Shepard M, Skinner J.
Health Affairs, May 2013;32: 882-890.

“Out-of-Pocket Spending in the Last Five Years of Life” Kelley AS, McGarry K, Fahle S, Marshall SM, Du Q, Skinner JS. Journal of General Internal Medicine Sept 5. 2012;28(2):304-9.

Impact of Payment Reform on Chemotherapy at the End of Life” Colla CH, Morden NE, Skinner JS, Hoverman JR, Meara E.
Journal of Oncology Practice, May 1, 2012;18(5):: e200-8.

Technology Growth and Expenditure Growth in Health Care” Chandra A and Skinner J Journal of Economic Literature 2012, 50(3), 645–680.

Spending Differences Associated With the Medicare Physician Group Practice DemonstrationColla CH, Wennberg DE, Meara E, Skinner JS, Gottlieb D, Lewis VA, Snyder CM, Fisher ES.
JAMA, Sept. 12, 2012;Vol. 308, no. 10: 1015-1023.

Decision-Making Process Reported by Medicare Patients Who Had Coronary Artery Stenting or Surgery for Prostate Cancer“.
Fowler FJ, Gallagher PM, Bynum JP, Barry MJ, Lucas FL, Skinner JS.
Journal of General Internal Medicine 2012 Feb 28 [Epub ahead of print].

Sources of Regional Variation in Medicare Part D Spending” Donohue J,  Morden NE, Gellad WF, Bynum JP, Zhou W, Hanlon JT, Skinner JS. New England Journal of
Medicine 366 (February 9, 2012): 530-538.

Adverse effects of robotic-assisted laparoscopic versus open retropublic radical prostatectomy among a nationwide random sample of medicare-age men” Barry MJ,  Gallagher PM, Skinner JS, Fowler JF. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2012 Feb 10;30(5):513-8 Epub 2012 Jan 3.

Withholds to slow Medicare spending: a better deal than cuts” Skinner JS, Weinstein JN, Fisher ES. Journal of American Medical Association. 2012 Jan 4;307(1):43-4.

Hospital quality and the cost of inpatient surgery in the United States” Birkmeyer JD, Gust C , Dimick JB, Birkmeyer NJ, Skinner JS.  Annuals of Surgery 2012 Jan; 255(1):1-5.

Technology Growth and Expenditure Growth in Health Care” Chandra A and Skinner JS.  Journal of Economic Literature 2012, 50(3), 645-680.

The pragmatist’s guide to comparative effectiveness research” Chandra A, Jena AB, Skinner JS. The Journal of Economic Perspectives: a journal of the American Economic Association 2011 Spring; 25(2):27-46.

Geographic Variation in Diagnosis Frequency and Risk of Death among Medicare Beneficiaries”  Welch GH, Sharp SM, Gottlieb DJ, Skinner JS, Wennberg JE.
JAMA, 2010;305(11): 1113-18.

McAllen and El Paso Revisited: Medicare Variations Not Always Reflected in the Under-65 Population” Franzini L, Mikhail OI, Skinner JS. Health Affairs 2010;29(12)2302-09.

“Measuring Racial Disparities in the Quality of Ambulatory Diabetes Care” Bynum JP, Fisher ES, Song Y, Skinner JS, Chandra A.  Medical Care 2010;48(12).

Medicare Payments for Common Inpatient Procedures: Implications for Episode-based Payment Bundling” Birkmeyer JD, Gust C, Baser O,  Dimick JB, Sutherland JM,  Skinner JS. Health Services Research 2010 345(6 Pt 1):1783-1795.

Regional Variations in Diagnostic Practices” Song Y, Skinner JS, Bynum J, Sutherland J, Wennberg, JE, Fisher ES.
NEJM, 2010;363: 45-53.

Looking Back, Moving Forward” Skinner, JS , Staiger D and Fisher ES, New England Journal of Medicine 2010 Feb 18;362(7):569-74.

Prices Don’t Drive Regional Medicare Spending Variations” Gottlieb D, Zhou W, Song Y., Gilman K, Skinner JS, Sutherland JM. Health Affairs, 2010;29(3)1-7.

The Impact of Workers’ Compensation on Outcomes of Surgical and Nonoperative Therapy for Patients With a Lumbar Disc Herniation” Atlas SJ, Tosteson TD, Blood EA,  Skinner JS,  Pransky GS and Weinstein JN. (SPORT) Spin 2010;35:89-97.

Comparative Effectiveness and Health Care Spending — Implications for Reform” Weinstein MC and Skinner JS. New England Journal of Medicine, 10.1056/NEJMsbo911104.

How Much Do Patients’ Preferences Contribute to Resource Use?” Anthony DL, Herndon MB, Gallagher PM, Barnato AE, Bynum JPW, Gottlieb DJ, Fisher ES and Skinner JS.
Health Affairs, May/June 2009;28, No. 3: 864-73.

Getting Past Denial — The High Cost of Health Care in the United States” Sutherland JM, Fisher ES, Skinner JS.  New England Journal of Medicine, Perspective, September 9, 2009.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Preferences for End-of-Life Treatment” Barnato AE,  Anthony DL,  Skinner JS, Gallagher PM, and Fisher ES. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2009; 24(6):695-701.

Hospital Quality And Intensity Of Spending: Is There An Association?” Yasaitis L, Fisher ES, Skinner JS, and Chandra A. Health Affairs, 28, no. 4 (2009): w566-w572 (published online 21 May 2009; 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4.w566).

Churning: The Association between Health Care Transitions and Feeding Tube Insertion for Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Cognitive Impairment” Teno JM, Mitchell SL, Skinner JS, Kuo S, Fisher ES, Intrator O, Rhodes R, Mor V. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 12(4), 2009: 359-62.

Slowing the Growth of Health Care Costs – Lessons from Regional Variation” Fisher, ES, Bynum JP, and Skinner JS. New England Journal of Medicine 2009;360(9):849-852.

Fostering Accountable Health Care:Moving Forward In Medicare” Fisher ES , McClellan M, Lieberman S, Bertko J, Lee J,Lewis J, Skinner JS. Health Affairs 28, no. 2 (2009): w219-w231 (published online 27 January 2009; 10.1377/hlthaff.28.2.w219).

Inpatient Care Intensity And Patients’ Ratings Of Their Hospital Experiences” Wennberg JE,  Bronner K, Skinner JS, Fisher ES, Goodman DC. Health Affairs 2009;28(1): 103-112.

Racial and ethnic differences in preferences for end-of-life treatment
J Gen Intern Med June. 2009;24(6): 695-701.

Relationship Between Regional Per Capita Medicare Expenditures and Patient Perceptions of Quality of Care” Fowler FJ, Gallagher PM, Anthony DL, Larsen K, Skinner JS.
Journal of the American Medical Association 2008;299: 2406-12.

Are Regional Variations in End-of-Life Care Intensity Explained by Patient Preferences?” Barnato AE, Herndon MB, Anthony DL, Gallagher, Skinner JS, Bynum, JPW, Fisher ES.
Medical Care May 2007;45: 386-93.