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Peter KemperProfessor Emeritus of Health Policy and Administration and Demography

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604N Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

Peter Kemper Curriculum Vitae


Peter Kemper is an expert on policy and delivery of long term services and supports. He has led a number of studies of the lifetime risk of needing long term services and supports, nursing home use, and expenditures for long term services and supports. His research on home care includes the evaluation of Channeling, a large randomized experiment that tested the effect of public financing of home care for the elderly. Other research analyzes state options for the design of home care programs, case management in home care, the effect of state Medicaid home care spending on unmet need for personal care, and options for improving the jobs of direct care workers.

Dr. Kemper has extensive experience designing complex evaluation and data collection projects. As Principal Investigator of the Community Tracking Study, he developed the overall study design and designed consumer, physician, and employer surveys. He also designed the evaluation of Better Jobs Better Care demonstration and directed surveys of home care aides, their supervisors, and clinical managers and designed an employment information reporting system used to track job turnover.

Professor Kemper retired from Penn State in 2011 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging, and Long Term Care Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He had previously served as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and as a workgroup leader on the Clinton Health reform effort. Before coming to Penn State, he was the vice-president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, director of the Division of Long-Term Care Studies at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, and director of the Madison Office of Mathmatica. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Oberlin College and a doctorate in economics at Yale University.