John McHugh, PhD, MBA

  • Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management
  • Affiliated Faculty of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
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Dr. McHugh’s research focuses on the ways that organizations respond to changing incentives. He combines organizational theory with health services research methods to better understand organizational changes and how they may affect patient outcomes. His primary area of focus is on transitions of elderly Medicare beneficiaries between hospitals and post-acute providers. Dr. McHugh teaches Strategic Management in the Masters of Healthcare Administration program. He is also a faculty member for the Consulting Workshop. Dr. McHugh holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a PhD from Brown University’s School of Public Health and spent more than 10 years conducting strategy consulting engagements with hospitals and health systems across the country.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management
  • Affiliated Faculty of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1997 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School)
  • BS, 1997 University of Pennsylvania (Engineering School)
  • MBA, 2004 Duke University
  • PhD, 2016 Brown University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Faculty Research Fellow, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center


Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Healthcare Policy

Selected Publications

McHugh, JP, Shay, P, Flansbaum, B. Invited Editorial: The Critical Role of Hospitalists for Successful Hospital-SNF Integration. Journal of Hospital Medicine. March 2019, 14(3):192

McHugh, JP, Keohane, LM, Grebla, R, Lee, Y, Trivedi, A. Association of daily copayments with use of hospital care among medicare advantage enrollees. BMC Health Services Research. December 2019, 19:961

McHugh, JP, Shield, RR, Winblad, U, Gadbois, EA, Mor, V, Tyler, DA. Readmission Reduction Strategies for Patients Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Case Study From 2 Hospital Systems in 1 City. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. December 2019, [Epub ahead of print]

McHugh, JP, Zinn, J, Shield, RR, Tyler, DN, Gadbois, E, Soni, S, Mor, V. Strategy and risk sharing in hospital-postacute care integration. Health Care Manage Rev. 2018 Jul 24

McHugh, JP, Foster, AD, Mor, V, Shield, R, Trivedi, AN, Wetle, T, Zinn, JS, Tyler, D. Reducing Hospital Readmissions Through Preferred Networks of Skilled Nursing Facilities. Health Affairs. 2017 Sep 1; 36(9):1591-1598

McHugh, JP, Trivedi, A, Zinn, JS, Mor, V. Post-acute Integration Strategies in an Era of Accountability; Journal of Hospital Administration, 2014; 3(6): 103-112