Richard Hirth, PhD
Richard Hirth, Ph.D. is the S.J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. His research interests include the economics of end-stage renal disease, insurance design and plan choice, healthcare costs, ownership of healthcare providers, and long-term care. He led the research underlying the design of the Medicare bundled payment system for dialysis. Dr. Hirth has over one hundred publications in journals including the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Health Services Research, Health Affairs, Medical Care, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has received research awards, including the Kenneth Arrow Award in Health Economics, the AcademyHealth Health Services Research Impact Award, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation’s Excellence in Research Award in Health Policy, the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Excellence in Research Award, and the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators. Dr. Hirth is the former Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, and currently serves as Deputy Editor of Medical Care, member of the Executive Faculty Committee of the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, Research Director of the Center on Value-Based Insurance Design, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).