Dennis Patrick Scanlon

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Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Administration; Director of the Center for Health Care and Policy Research

Contact Information

504Q Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-2905


1998 Ph.D. University of Michigan, Health Services Organization and Policy
1993 M.A. University of Pittsburgh, Economics
1991 B.A. Villanova University, Economics

Teaching Interests

Health Economics, Principles of Managed Care, Econometrics, Overview of the Health Care System.

Research Interests

Consumer information and health care markets, health insurance and HMO plan performance, measurement of quality, and minority health outcomes.

Selected Publications

McHugh, M., Harvey, J., Hamil, J., Vervkina, N. I., Alexander, J., & Scanlon, D. P. (2016). “Impact of the affordable care act on health care alliances’ quality improvement efforts”. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. [Accepted for publication in March 2016.]

Hibbard, J., Greene, J., Shi, Y., Mittler, J. N., & Scanlon, D. P. (2015). “Taking the long view: How well do patient activation scores predict outcomes four years later?” Medical Care Research and Review, 72(3), 324-337. doi:10.1177/1077558715573871

McHugh, M., Harvey, J., Kang, R., Shi, Y., & Scanlon, D. P. (2015). “Community-level quality improvement and the patient experience for chronic illness care”. Health Services Research. Published online: 18 May 2015. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12315.

McHugh, M., Harvey, J., Kang, R., Shi, Y., & Scanlon, D. P. (2015). “Measuring the dose of quality improvement initiatives”. Medical Care Research and Review. Published online: September 1, 2015. doi:10.1177/1077558715603567.

Scanlon, D. P., Shi, Y., Bhandari, N., & Christianson, J. B. (2015). “Are health care quality ‘report cards’ reaching consumers? Awareness in the chronically ill population”. American Journal of Managed Care, 21(3), 236-244.

Christianson, J. B., Maeng, D. D., Abraham, J., Scanlon, D. P., Alexander, J. A., Mittler, J. N., & Finch, M. (2014). "What influences the awareness of physician quality information? Implications for medicare." Medicare and Medicaid Research Review, 4(2), E1-E15.

Seshamani, M. D., Vogtmann, E., Gatwood, J., Gibson, T. B., & Scanlon, D. P. (2014). “Prevalence of complications from adult tonsillectomy and impact on health care expenditures.” American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Inc., 150, 574. doi:10.1177/0194599813519972.

Verevkina, N. I., Shi, Y., Fuentes-Caceres, V. A., & Scanlon, D. P. (2014). "Attrition in chronic disease self-management programs and self-efficacy at enrollment". Health Education & Behavior, 41(6), 590-598. doi:10.1177/1090198114529590. Epub 2014 Apr 25.

Press, M. J., Scanlon, D. P., Navathe, A. S., Zhu, J, Chen, W., Mittler, J. N., & Volpp, K. G. (2013) “The importance of clinical severity in the measurement of hospital readmission rates for medicare beneficiaries, 1997-2007”. Medical Care Research and Review. Published online: doi:10.1177/1077558713496167.

Mittler, J. N., O'Hora, J. L., Harvey, J. B., Press, M. J., Volpp, K. G., & Scanlon, D. P. (2013). “Turning readmission reduction policies into results: Some lessons from a multistate initiative to reduce readmissions”. Population Health Management, 16(4), 255-260. doi:10.1089/pop.2012.0087.

Curriculum Vitae

Dennis Scanlon vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Contexts and Social Institutions
  • Health Care Systems