Address: Department of Economics
530 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at UC Berkeley. My research interests are in Health Economics, Labor Economics, and Economic Demography. I will be available for interviews at the AEA/ASSA Annual Meeting (January 6-8, 2017).
My job market paper is titled, "Reference Pricing - The Case of Screening Colonoscopies."
Please email me at maouad [at] berkeley [dot] edu for a copy of the paper.
With concerns over growing health care spending, programs that increase patient cost-sharing have been implemented by both public and private agencies as a way to reduce wasteful medical spending. However, a better understanding of the mechanisms by which the cost savings are achieved and the related health consequences of such policies is needed. This analysis addresses these issues by examining the introduction of reference pricing, a health insurance reform, to the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Reference pricing changed patient cost-sharing on screening colonoscopies by setting a maximum reimbursable amount for screenings received at hospitals, while no maximum was set at ambulatory surgical centers. Making use of a unique medical claims dataset, we use Difference-in-Difference and Instrumental Variables estimators to analyze the change in the share of patients using ambulatory surgical centers (versus hospitals) and the cost savings associated with this facility switching in response to the program. We find an approximately 10 percentage point increase in the share of patients who use an ambulatory surgical center. For those who switch, we estimate the mean reduction in total costs to be approximately $2300. Additionally, for the group of people who switch to the ambulatory surgical centers, we do not find any change in health outcomes.
Ph.D., Economics, University of California Berkeley (expected May 2017)
B.A., Economics, Princeton University (with honors)