Peter Huckfeldt, PhD

Vernon E. Weckwerth Professor in Healthcare Administration Leadership, Division of Health Policy and Management

Peter Huckfeldt

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-301-1320

Office Address:
15-226 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

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

Vernon E. Weckwerth Professor in Healthcare Administration Leadership, Division of Health Policy and Management

PhD, Economics, University of California-Davis, 2009

BA, Rice University, 2004


My research investigates the organization and payment of health care providers; the structure of health insurance; and the effects of delivery interventions targeting more vulnerable populations. My current projects investigate the effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention for type 2 diabetes on economic outcomes, the integration of hospitals and post-acute care providers, and the effects of accountable care organizations for Medicaid patients. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, I was an associate economist and economist at the RAND Corporation from 2009-2014. 


Aging, chronic diseases, post-acute care, Medicare, health insurance, consumer directed health plans, diabetes, health economics, health care provider organization and payment


Research Funding Grants

  • 2015–2017, Assistant Secretary of Planning and Education, "Explaining the Recent Utilization Trends in Ultra-High Rehabilitation Therapy Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities," Principal Investigator
  •  2016–2017, NIH, "The Long-Term Benefits of Interventions to Improve T2D Outcomes," Co- Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2017, "Safe Transitions for At-Risk Patients - The STAR Project," Principal Investigator on Sub-Award from Florida Atlantic University
  •  2015–2017, AHRQ, "Medicare Readmissions Reduction Program: Outcomes, Costs, and Inadvertent Effects," Principal Investigator on Sub-Award from Cedars Sinai
  •  2014–2017, NIH, "Vertical Integration and Care Coordination in Post-Acute Care Markets," Principal Investigator on Sub-Award from University of Southern California
  • 2015–2017, CMS, "Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC)," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Huckfeldt PJ, Escarce JJ, Rabideau B, Karaca-Mandic P, Sood N. "Less Intense Postacute Care, Better Outcomes For Enrollees In Medicare Advantage Than Those In Fee-For-Service," Health Affairs, Jan 2017
  • Mehrotra A, Huckfeldt PJ, Haviland AM, Gascue L, Sood N. "Patients Who Choose Primary Care Physicians Based On Low Office Visit Price Can Realize Broader Savings," Health Affairs, Dec 2016
  • Huckfeldt PJ, Mehrotra A, Hussey PS. "The Relative Importance of Post-Acute Care and Readmissions for Post-Discharge Spending," Health Services Research, Oct 2016
  • Trief PM, Jiang Y, Beck R, Huckfeldt PJ, Knight T, Miller KM, Weinstock RS. "Adults with type 1 diabetes: Partner relationships and outcomes," Journal of Health Psychology, Sept 2015
  • Huckfeldt PJ, Chan C, Hirshman S, Kofner A, Liu JL, Mulcahy AW, Popescu I, Stevens C, Timbie JW, Hussey PS. "Specialty Payment Model Opportunities and Assessment: Oncology Model Design Report," RAND Health Quarterly, July 2015


Teaching Areas

I teach courses in health economics in the Executive MHA and MHA full-time programs and I advise students in the Health Services Research, Policy & Administration PhD program. 


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