Wen-Chieh Lin, PhD
Research Scientist, Center for Health Policy and Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMass Medical School

Dr. Wen-Chieh Lin is a health services researcher with nearly 20 years of experience in using claims and assessment data in research and program/policy evaluation. His research focuses on improving health care delivery, financing, and outcomes for vulnerable populations, including frail elderly, people with low income, and people experiencing homelessness. 

Dr. Lin has extensive experience in designing studies and implementing complex evaluation plans. In these studies, he uses the rich information from large administrative data sets (Medicare and Medicaid administrative databases, all-payer claims databases, and outcomes assessment data) and applies advanced statistical analysis for policy and program evaluation to acquire actionable information. Dr. Lin's work has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Massachusetts state agencies, including Department of Public Health, Office of Medicaid, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and Center for Health Information and Analysis. 

Among his work, Dr. Lin has investigated the impact of changes in Medicare post-acute care payment systems, examined healthcare utilization and expenditures for elders with behavioral health disorders, studied approaches for care integration/coordination for the homeless population, and evaluated a health coaching program for Medicaid members with multiple chronic conditions. He also investigated the adoption and the impact of high-deductible health plans in Massachusetts by using all-payer claims database. His current work focuses on developing an integrated database for medical care and social services to improve health outcomes for older adults with complex care needs.

Dr. Lin holds a PhD in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, with a minor in Gerontology and Statistics, from the University of Minnesota.

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