Health Policy and Management PhD Candidate (2023)
|Yucheng Hou is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in economics. Yucheng has broad research interests in the field of health economics and health service research, with an emphasis on payment and delivery system reform and evaluating policies and interventions that aim to improve value for patients.
Yucheng is particularly interested in understanding the pattern of interconnected relationships among physicians and their organizations and how these relationships shape decision making, policy performance, and patient outcomes.
Yucheng’s job market paper, entitled “Peer Participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP),” examines the extent to which a practice’s decision to participate in the voluntary MSSP is driven by the participation of peer practices with which they are closely connected based on patient sharing patterns. The peer effect is a potential and often overlooked mechanism through which practices select into voluntary programs. Using the combination of lagged peers, practice-level fixed effects, and the plausibly exogenous variation induced by a unique network structure (“peers-of-peers”), she shows evidence of positive peer effects in the practice’s decision to participate in the MSSP. From the policy perspective, the role of peer effects in aligning voluntary participation across practices may also have implications for other value-based care models.
Learn more about Yucheng’s work on her website: https://www.yuchengh.com/