Kristin Reiter, PhD

Humana Distinguished Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Department Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management
1101-A McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411


Kristin L. Reiter, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Reiter teaches courses in healthcare financial management and management accounting and is involved in several research projects, including the Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis and Issue-Specific Rural Research Studies and the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Evaluation, both funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. She has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and is co-author of a leading textbook in healthcare finance.

Prior to receiving a PhD in health services organization and policy, Dr. Reiter worked as an auditor for a large public accounting firm.

Kristin Reiter in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Exceptional Reviewer
2013, The Journal of Rural Health

Exceptional Reviewer
2012, The Journal of Rural Health

Representative Courses

HPM 340 - Foundations of Healthcare Financial Management

HPM 741 - Management Accounting for Healthcare Administrators

Research Activities

  • Hospital financial performance measurement
  • The rural impact of financing and delivery system reform
  • Access to care for rural and underserved populations
  • Measuring the business case for quality
  • Quality improvement in primary care

Key Publications

High-tech versus High-Touch: Components of Hospital Costs Vary Widely by MS-DRG. P Song, K Reiter, W Xu (2017). Journal of Healthcare Management.

Medicaid Expansion Affects Rural And Urban Hospitals Differently. B Kaufman, K Reiter, G Pink, G Holmes (2016). Health affairs (Project Hope), 35(9), 1665-72.

The Signaling Effects of the US Food and Drug Administration Fast-Track Designation. K Miller, C Nardinelli, G Pink, K Reiter (2016). Managerial and Decision Economics, 38(4), 581-594.

Measuring Mortality Performance: How Did Safety-Net Hospitals Compare With Other Hospitals? H Jiang, K Reiter, J Wang (2016). Medical care, 54(7), 648-56.

Quality improvement teams, super-users, and nurse champions: a recipe for meaningful use? C Shea, K Reiter, M Weaver, J Albritton (2016). Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA.

Uncompensated Care Burden May Mean Financial Vulnerability For Rural Hospitals In States That Did Not Expand Medicaid. K Reiter, M Noles, G Pink (2015). Health affairs (Project Hope), 34(10), 1721-9.

Rural Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: Which Hospitals Are Being Acquired and How Are They Performing Afterward?. M Noles, K Reiter, J Boortz-Marx, G Pink (2015). Journal of healthcare management / American College of Healthcare Executives, 60(6), 395-407.

The business case for pediatric asthma quality improvement in low-income populations: Examining a provider-based pay-for-reporting intervention. Kristin Reiter, Kristin Lemos, Charlotte Williams, Dominick Esposito, Sandra Greene (2015). International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 27(3), 189-195.

Facing the recession: How did safety-net hospitals fare financially compared with their peers? Kristin Reiter, H. Jiang, Jia Wang (2014). Health Services Research, 49(6), 1747-1766.

Costs and Benefits of Transforming Primary Care Practices: A Qualitative Study of North Carolina's Improving Performance in Practice. K Reiter, J Halladay, C Mitchell, K Ward, S Lee, B Steiner, K Donahue Journal of Healthcare Management, 59(2), 95-108.


  • BS, Accounting, Northern Illinois University, 1993
  • MAE, Applied Economics, University of Michigan, 2000
  • PhD, Health Services Organization and Policy, Finance Cognate, University of Michigan, 2004