Heller-Brown Building, 216A
Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesWashington University, Ph.D.
Antioch College, B.A.
ExpertiseNational health policy issues; financing and organization of acute and long-term care and technologies
ProfileDr. 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.
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Awards and Honors
Brookings Economic Fellowship (1970 - 1971)
NDEA Fellowships (1965 - 1968)
Farag, M., Nandakumar, A.K., Wallack, S.S., Gaumer, G.,. Hodgkin, D., Erbil, C.. "The Income Elasticity of Health Care Spending in Developing and Developed Countries." International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economic, E-published prior to Journal publication. (2012).
Altman SA, Tompkins CP, Wallack S, and Doonan M. "Payment: New Approaches for Paying Providers Will Change the Organization of Healthcare Services." Futurescan 2010, Healthcare Trends and Implicaitons 2010-2015 (2010): 11-15.
Wallack, Stanley, Thomas CP, Flieger SP, and Altman SH. Massachusetts Health Care Cost Trends Part I: The Massachusetts Health Care System in Context: Costs, Structure, and Methods Used by Private Insurers to Pay Providers. Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2010.
Farag M, Nandakumar AK, Wallack SS, Gaumer G, Hodgkin D. "Does Funding From Donors Displace Government Spending For Health In Developing Countries?." Health Affairs 28. 4 (2009): 1045-1055.
Nandakumar AK, Beswick J, Thomas CP, Wallack SS, Kress D. "Pathways of Health Technology Diffusion: The United States and Low-Income Countries." Health Affairs 28. 4 (2009): 986-995.
Ryan, AM, Tompkins C, Burgess J, Wallack S. "The relationship between performance on Medicare's process quality measures and mortality: evidence of correlation, no causation." Inquiry 46. 3 (2009): 274-90.
Thomas CP, Reif S, Haq S, Wallack SS, Hoyt A, Ritter G. "Use of Buprenorphine for Addiction Treatment: Perspectives of Addiction Specialists and General Psychiatrists." Psychiatric Services 59. 8 (2008): 909-916.
Wallack SS, Thomas CP, Martin TC, Chilingerian J, Reif S. "Substance Abuse Treatment Organizations as Mediators of Social Policy: Slowing the Adoption of a Congressionally Approved Medication." Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (2008).
Reif S, Thomas CP, Wallack S.. "Factors Determining How Early Adopter Physicians Use Buprenorphine in Treatment." Journal of Addiction Medicine 1. 4 (2007): 205-212.
Thomas CP, Hodgkin D, Wallack S, Martin T., Ritter GA, Mark T. "Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Prescription Drugs: Lessons from a Period of High Spending Growth." Journal of Pharmaceutical Finance, Economics & Policy 16. 3 (2007): 67-83.
Wallack, S.S., Thomas, C.P., Martin, T.C., Ryan, A.. "Differences in Prescription Drug Use in HMO and Self-insured Health Plans." Medical Care Research and Review 64. 1 (2007): 98-116.
Thomas, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Martin, T.C.. "How Do Seniors Use Their Prescription Drug Discount Cards?." Health Affairs Web Exclusive. (2005): W5-180-190.
Wallack, S.S., Weinberg, D.B., Thomas, C.P.. "Health Plans' Strategies to Control Prescription Drug Spending." Health Affairs 23. 6 (2004): 141-148.
Thomas, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Lee, S., McCarty, D., Swift, R.. "Research to Practice: Adoption of Naltrexone in Alcoholism Treatment." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 24. 1 (2003): 1-11.
Thomas, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Leung, M.Y., Ritter, G.. PBM-Administered Prescription Drug Discount Cards: Savings for Uninsured Seniors. Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2003.
Wallack, S.S., Tompkins, C.P.. "Realigning Incentives in Fee-for-Service Medicare." Health Affairs 22. 4 (2003): 59-70.
Wallack, Stanley. "An Examination of Factors in the Withdrawal of Managed Care Plans from the Medicare Choice Program." Inquiry Number 4 (2003).
Glavin, M.P.V., Tompkins, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Altman, S.H.. "An Examination of Factors in the Withdrawal of Managed Care Plans from the Medicare Plus Choice Program." Inquiry-the Journal of Health Care Organization Provision and Financing 39. 4 (2002): 341-354.
Ritter, G., Thomas, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Generic Pharmaceutical Association. Greater Use of Generics: a Prescription for Drug Cost Savings. Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2002.
Thomas, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Lee, S., Ritter, G.. "Impact of Health Plan Design and Management on Retirees' Prescription Drug Use and Spending, 2001." Health Affairs Web Exclusive. (2002): W408-W419.
Wallack, S.S., Sciegaj, M., Long, L.. "Short and Intermediate Term Trends Affecting Medicaid Policy for Persons with Disability, Chronic Illness, and Special Needs." Journal of Disability Policy Studies 12. 4 (2002): 236-242.
Wallack,Stanley w/ C. Thomas. "Economics of Pharmacotherapy for Alcoholism Treatment." The Economics of Neuroscience (2002).
Wallack,Stanley. "Managed Care and Competition: Distinguishing the Roles of the Insurer and Provider." The Changing Face of Health Systems. Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing, 2002
Thomas, C.P., Ritter, G., Wallack, S.S.. "Growth in Prescription Drug Spending among Insured Elders." Health Affairs 20. 5 (2001): 265-277.
Thomas, C.P., Wallack, S.S.. "Economic Factors in Adoption of New Alcoholism Treatment Medications." The Economics of Neuroscience 2001 3. 12 (2001): 52-57.
Wallack, S.S., Thomas, C.P., Ritter, G.. Recent Trends in Prescription Drug Spending for Insured Individuals under 65 and Age 65 and Older. Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2001.
Wallack, S.S., Thomas, C.P., Hodgkin, D., DiMasi, J., Simoni-Wastila, L., Rader, A., Constantine, R., Brown, J.S.. Prescription Drug Policy: Background Paper for the Princeton Conference. Council on the Economic Impact of Health System Change, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Washington DC: 2000.
Wallack, S.S.. Factors Driving Prescription Drug Expenditure Increases. Washington, DC: 2000.
Bishop, C.E., Kerwin, J., Wallack, S.S.. "The Medicare Home Health Benefit: Implications of Recent Payment Changes." Care Management Journals 1. 3 (1999): 189-196.
Wallack,Stanley w/ C. Tompkins, S. Bhalotra, M. Trisolini, S. Rasg. "Applying Disease Management Strategies to Medicare." The Milbank Quarterly 77. 4 (1999).
Tompkins, C.P., Wallack, S.S. , Skwara, K.C.. "The Road Ahead for Medicare Managed Care: Addressing the Needs of the Chronically Ill." Journal of Long-Term Home Health Care 17. 2 (1998): 11-20.
Altman, S.H., Wallack, S.S.. "Health Care Spending: Can the United States Control It?." Strategic Choices for a Changing Health System. vol. II Ed. Altman, S.H., Reinhardt, U.E.. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press, 1996. 1-32.
Bishop, C.E. , Wallack, S.S.. "National Health Expenditure Limits: The Case for a Global Budget Process." Milbank Quarterly 74. 3 (1996): 361-376.
Tompkins, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Bhalotra, S., Chilingerian, J.A., Glavin, M.P.V., Ritter, G., Hodgkin, D.. "Bringing Managed Care Incentives to Medicare's Fee-for-Service Sector." Health Care Financing Review 17. 4 (1996): 43-63.
Wallack, S.S., Levine, H.J.. "Managed Care for People with Disabilites: Caring for Those with the Greatest Need. Section I: Overview." Strategic Choices for a Changing Health Care System. vol. II Ed. Altman, S.H., Reinhardt, U.E.. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press, 1996. 351-361.
Wallack, S.S., Skwara, K.C., Cai, J.. "Redefining Rate Regulation in a Competitive Environment." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 21. 3 (1996): 489-510.
Wallack,Stanley w/ N. Kumar, M. Cohen, and C. Bishop. "Understanding the Factors Behind the Decision to Purchase Varying Coverage Amounts of Private Long-Term Care Insurance." Journal of Health Services Research 29. 6 (1995).
Wallack,Stanley w/ M. Cohen and N. Kumar. "The Impact of Long-Term Care Insurance on Medicaid Eligibility and Medicaid Program Expenditures." Health Affairs 13. 4 (1994).
Wallack,Stanley, w/ Sandra Kretz. Rural Medicine: Obstacles and Solutions for Self-Sufficiency. Lexington Books, 1981.