Professor and Executive Director, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
National health policy issues; financing and organization of acute and long-term care and technologies
Dr. Wallack is an economist whose health services research studies over the past 30 years have covered a wide range of topics in acute and chronic care. Much of his research has been dedicated to analyzing problems in financing and delivery and coming up with innovative solutions. In the early 1980's Dr. Wallack developed the concept and subsequent Medicare demonstration of the Social HMO, which included prescription drugs and a limited community care benefit, very similar to today's Medicare Advantage Plans. In the 1980's, he led a research team that subsequently developed comprehensive programs for insuring long-term care using disability measures for benefit determination. From 1993-1997, he was Chairman of the Coalition for Long-Term Care Reform, which supported federal legislation establishing standards for private long-term insurance policies. Dr. Wallack's current research includes studies on the diffusion and use of new technologies and on improving the alignment of health care organizations and physicians. This latter research resulted in Medicare's Group Practice Demonstration program in 2005, which included Medicare's first shared savings program that links incentives for medical groups and their individual physicians to achieving both savings and improved clinical outcomes. This demonstration project was used in developing the idea of Accountable Care Organizations which were legislated in the 2010 Accountable Care Act.
Washington University, Ph.D.
Antioch College, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Brookings Economic Fellowship (1970 - 1971)
NDEA Fellowships (1965 - 1968)
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