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Dr. Carolyn Watts, PhD

Virginia Commonwealth University

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Dr. Carolyn Watts, PhD


Virginia Commonwealth University

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Carolyn Watts, Ph.D. is Richard M. Bracken Chair And Chairman of the Department of Health Administration and Virginia Commonwealth University. With a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Watts’s research has focused on organizational, reimbursement and regulatory issues in health care markets. Her past research projects have included an evaluation of the Washington Basic Health Plan, the development of a risk adjustment payment system for the Washington Health Care Authority, and an examination of the national genetic services sector. She has also worked on a number of projects exploring the impact of various legislative initiatives on Washington’s health insurance risk pools, and the implementation of various medical home and sharing decision making demonstration projects in Washington State. Dr. Watts served as Chair of the 2006 Washington State Certificate of Need Program Task Force, was a founding member of the Health Information Partnership Board and chaired the Technical Advisory Committee for Washington’s Office of Financial Management strategic planning effort. More recently, she has worked with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association on a project to measure value in Virginia hospitals. She is currently working on several issues relating to prison health care. She also serves on the Board of Health Brigade, Virginia’s oldest free clinic offering a growing array of medical, mental health, community outreach and care coordination services for low-income and uninsured persons. Dr. Watts teaches health economics, health policy, and health care strategy.