Adam Sacarny, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
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Dr. Sacarny's research explores the relationship between health care payment policy, provider and patient decision-making, and clinical quality. Much of this work involves using randomized controlled trials to test interventions in the health care delivery system. His research on health care providers has studied the effects of behavioral interventions on overprescribing, the adoption of hospital documentation and coding practices, and the relationship between hospital clinical outcomes and market share.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2007 Columbia University
  • PhD, 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors & Awards

AcademyHealth Publication-of-the-Year Award

Finalist, NIHCM Research Award


Research Interests

  • Healthcare Policy

Selected Publications

Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates in the 9 Largest US Cities (with Jamie Daw – JAMA Health Forum, September 2021)

Out of the Woodwork: Enrollment Spillovers in the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (with Katherine Baicker and Amy Finkelstein, forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Economic Policy)

Association of Quetiapine Overuse Letters With Prescribing by Physician Peers of Targeted Recipients: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial (with Andrew Olenski and Michael Barnett – JAMA Psychiatry, June 2019)

Peer Comparison Letters for High Volume Primary Care Prescribers of Quetiapine in Older and Disabled Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial (with Michael Barnett, Jackson Le, Frank Tetkoski, David Yokum, and Shantanu Agrawal, JAMA Psychiatry, October 2018)

Is the U.S. Healthcare System Wasteful and Inefficient? A Review of the Evidence (with Sherry Glied - Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, October 2018)

Technological Diffusion Across Hospitals: The Case of a Revenue-Generating Practice (Journal of Health Economics, July 2018)