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Chung, Sukyung

Institution: Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA
Grant Title: Measuring and Compensating Primary Care Physician Effort
Grant Number: K01 HS019815
Duration: 5 years (2011-2016)
Total Award: $804,635

Project Description: The goal of this project is to develop evidence on how primary care office visits should be more accurately coded to reflect physician work and other inputs used. Three specific aims and questions are:

  • Is the coded level of office visit explained by documented visit content?
  • Does the coded visit level reflect the complexity of patient clinical conditions?
  • What physician and practice characteristics explain the coding variation across physicians?

Career Goals: Dr. Chung is a Health Economist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Health Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. Her long-term career goal is to become a leading researcher in the area of incentives for efficient and equitable health care delivery.

Progress to Date: This grant has just started.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Merit Assistant Award, UNC Graduate School, 2001
  • RAND Summer Institute Scholarships for the Mini-Medical School and Workshop on Aging, 2005
  • NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research Fellowship, 2006
  • Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, Toronto, CA, 2007
  • Best Abstracts at the 25th AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Washington, DC. 2008

K-Generated Publications: None thus far.

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