By Elise Anderson
Christopher Tang, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management and the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration, and his co-authors recently received an honorable mention for their paper titled “The Impact of Reimbursement Policy on Patient Welfare, Readmission Rate and Waiting Time in a Public Healthcare System: Fee-for-Service vs. Bundled Payment.”
The best paper competition was sponsored by the China Business Initiative of the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia University. The awards were presented at the recent annual Conference of Chinese Scholars Association for Management Science and Engineering (CSAMSE). The theme of the 2016 CSAMSE, Internet Plus and Scientific Management, reflects a desire to focus on the new challenges for the management practice of the traditional industries in the background of internet and mobile social networks, and the corresponding data-driven management techniques and tools. Scholars in MSE from around the world were invited to present their research at the conference.
Tang expressed surprise at the recognition, he says, “because the competition is fierce in China, especially for this kind of analytical research.” “I am delighted to receive this award because it shows Chinese scholars are interested in the key issues we examined in this paper: how would health care reimbursement schemes (fee-for-service vs. bundled payment) affect health care providers’ behavior when treating patients? Which scheme will provide the right incentive for the health care providers to improve quality outcomes (readmissions and waiting times)? We also believe the issues we examined are relevant to the public health care system in China.”
Tang’s co-authors, Pengfei Guo, Yulan Wang and Ming Zhao, are Chinese scholars affiliated with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Two of them received their Ph.D.s from Duke University. Tang conveyed his pleasure in working with them and looks forward to continuing his relationship on future efforts.