Dr. Zirui Song, M.D., Ph.D - Physician economist and Visiting Scholar in the Leonard Davis Institute

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

Friday November 11th 2016 | 1-2pm

Room 506 E/W | Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
5th floor of Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

 Topic: “Strategies for Slowing Health Care Spending”

Dr. Song will discuss lessons learned from his research on various policies to slow the growth of health care spending. He will discuss payment reform for provider organizations, national changes to physician fees, and the role of competitive bidding in insurance markets in the context of Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He will discuss areas for potential innovations in provider payment.

Zirui Song, M.D., Ph.D. is a physician economist and Visiting Scholar in the Leonard Davis Institute and Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on health care spending and quality under global payment, the impact of Medicare fee policy, and the economics of Medicare Advantage. His work has been published in leading academic outlets such as the New England Journal of MedicineJAMAHealth Affairs, and Journal of Health Economics. He is a recipient of the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year award, Daniel Ford Award for health services and outcomes research from Johns Hopkins, the High Value Care research award from the American College of Physicians, and the Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award from the American Journal of Managed Care. He was a member of the Top Doctors in Training from Boston Magazine and the 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare from Forbes Magazine.


Dr. Song has worked in the Office of Health Policy of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was a Visiting Fellow in the Health Policy Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has received three Certificates of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University and two teaching awards from Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School magna cum laude and his graduate training from the Ph.D. Program in Health Policy (Economics track) at Harvard University. He is completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.