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Lorens A. Helmchen, PhD

Department of Health Administration and Policy

Lorens Helmchen

Dr. Helmchen, Associate Professor of Health Administration and Policy, studies mechanisms to improve the quality of health care and to reduce its cost. Current research focuses on the performance of patient-centered medical homes; the use of Health Savings Accounts; novel rank-and-reward models of provider payment for preventive services; and the impact of emerging patient-based health information technology applications on health care productivity and public health. Recent research has focused on the impact of time away from the operating room on the performance of cardiac surgeons; cross-subsidization of services within hospitals; and communication-and-resolution programs to manage adverse patient safety events. 

His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Cancer Society, and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

He has published in the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Medical Care, Quality and Safety in Healthcare, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and others.

Dr. Helmchen teaches graduate courses in health economics and the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions.


  • Ph.D., Economics, The University of Chicago, 2004
  • M.A., Economics, Humboldt University in Berlin, 1997