Dennis Patrick Scanlon

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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

Press, M.J., Scanlon, D.P., Navathe, A.S., Zhu, J, Chen, W., Mittler, J.N., and K.G. Volpp. (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.

Martsolf, G.R., Scanlon, D.P., and J. B. Christianson. (2013) “Multistakeholder Perspectives on Composite Measures of Ambulatory Care Quality: A Qualitative Descriptive Study.” Medical Care Research and Review. 2013 Aug;70(4):434-48. Published online: DOI: 10.1177/1077558713485134.

Press, M., Scanlon, D.P., Zhu, J., Navathe, A., Ryan, A., Mittler, J.N. and K. Volpp. (2013) “Limits of Readmission Rates In Measuring Hospital Quality Suggest The Need For Added Metrics”. Health Affairs, June 2013, 32(6):1083-91. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2012.0518.

Mittler, J.N., Martsolf, G.R., Telenko, S, and D.P Scanlon. (2013) “Making Sense of “Consumer Engagement” Initiatives to Improve Health and Health Care: A Conceptual Framework to Guide Policy and Practice.” Milbank Quarterly, March 2013, 91(1), 37-77. DOI: 10.1111/milq.12002

Moran, J.R., and D.P. Scanlon. (2013) “Slow Progress On Meeting Hospital Safety Standards: Learning From The Leapfrog Group’s Efforts”. Health Affairs, 32:1,27-35.

Mittler, J.N., O'Hora, J.L., Harvey, J.B., Press, M.J., Volpp, K.G., and D.P. Scanlon. (2013) “Turning Readmission Reduction Policies into Results: Some Lessons from a Multistate Initiative to Reduce Readmissions”. Population Health Management. August 2013, 16(4): 255-260.  DOI:10.1089/pop.2012.0087.

Martsolf, G.R., Schofield, R.E., Johnson D.R., and D.P. Scanlon. (2013) “Editors and Researchers Beware: Calculating Response Rates in Random Digit Dial Health Surveys.” Health Services Research, April 2013; Vol 48(2pt1), 665-676, avail. online: doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01464.x.

Scanlon, D.P., Alexander, J.A., Beich, J.J., Christianson, J.B., Hasnain-Wynia, R., McHugh, M.C., Mittler, J.N., Shi, Y. and LJ. Bodenschatz.. (2012) “Evaluating a Community-Based Program to Improve Healthcare Quality: Research Design for the Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative Experience.” American Journal of Managed Care, 18(No.6 Supp):eS165-eS176; avail. online:

Scanlon, D.P., Beich, J.J., Alexander, J.A., Christianson, J.B., Hasnain-Wynia, R., McHugh, M.C., and J.N. Mittler. (2012) “The Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative: Background and Evolution From 2005 to 2012”. American Journal of Managed Care, 18(No.6 Supp):S115-S125; avail. online:

Alexander, J.A., Scanlon, D.P., McHugh, M.C., Christianson, J.B., Mittler, J.N. Hasnain-Wynia, R., and J.J. Beich. (2012) “Midterm Observations and Recommendations From the Evaluation of the AF4Q Initiative”. American Journal of Managed Care, 18(No.6 Supp):S126-S132; avail. online:

Curriculum Vitae

Dennis Scanlon vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Contexts and Social Institutions
  • Health Care Systems