Hannah Neprash, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Hannah Neprash

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-3816

Office Address:
Phillips Wangensteen Building, 15-229

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Health Policy (Economics Track), Harvard University, 2017

BA, Economics, Government, Oberlin College, 2007


I study health economics, focusing on how health care providers respond to financial and non-financial incentives. My research uses novel sources of data to examine how physician decision-making drives utilization, spending, access, and quality in health care. I am particularly interested in research questions that will inform evidence-based policy during a time of rapid transformation in health care payment and delivery systems. 

In addition to my academic career, I have experience in federal and state health policy – including time at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee, and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.


Health economics, health policy, quasi-experimental methods, public insurance programs, physician behavior, payment and delivery system reform




  • Neprash HT and Chernew ME (2021). Physician Practice Interruptions in the Treatment of Medicare Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. Published online September 20, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.16324
  • Neprash HT, Sheridan B, Jena AB, Grad YH, Barnett ML (2020). Within-Office Transmission of Influenza-Like Illness. Health Affairs. 40(8): 1321-1327.
  • Ganguli I, Sheridan B, Gray J, Chernew M, Rosenthal M, Neprash HT. Physician Work Hours and the Gender Pay Gap – Evidence from Primary Care. New England Journal of Medicine 2020; 383 (20).
  • Neprash HT, Smith LB, Sheridan B, Hempstead K, Kozhimannil K. Practice Patterns of Physicians and Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care. Medical Care 2020; 58(10) 934-941.
  • Neprash HT, McWilliams JM, Chernew ME. Physician Organization and the Role of Workforce Turnover. Annals of Internal Medicine 2020; 172(8) 568-570.
  • Neprash, HT and ML Barnett. Association of Primary Care Clinic Appointment Time With Opioid Prescribing. JAMA Network Open 2019; 2(8): e1910373-e1910373.
  • Smith LB, Golberstein E, Anderson K, Christiaanson T, Paterson N, Short S, Neprash HT. The association of EHR drug safety alerts and co-prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2019.
  • Neprash HT, McWilliams JM. Provider consolidation and potential efficiency gains: A review of theory and evidence. Antitrust Law Journal 2019; 82 551-578.
  • Neprash HT, Zink A, Gray J, Hempstead K. Physicians’ participation in Medicaid increased only slightly following expansion. Health Affairs 2018; 37(7) 1087-1091.
  • Neprash HT, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM. Little evidence exists to support the expectation that providers would consolidate to enter new payment models. Health Affairs 2017; 36(2) 346-354.



PubH 6832, Economics of the Health Care System
PubH 8821, Health Economics II


In The News

University of Minnesota study finds clinic visits after flu patients present risks (Star Tribune)
Female Doctors Spend More Time with Patients, but Earn Less Money than Men (NPR)
Would ‘Medicare for All’ really save money? (Politico)
Doctors are more likely to prescribe opioids later in the day — or if appointments run late (Stat News)
Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids Later in the Workday (US News & World Report)
Doctors prescribe more opioids late in the day (Modern Healthcare)
Doctors prescribe more opioids later in the day, University of Minnesota research finds (StarTribune)