Zhanlian Feng, a member of our Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care team, studies long-term care access, quality, and costs. He is an expert in the use of large-scale administrative data sets, including Medicare and Medicaid claims, to address policy-relevant issues. His skills include quantitative evaluation design and sophisticated econometric analysis.
Dr. Feng currently serves as associate project director for our evaluation of an initiative to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He oversees all aspects of quantitative evaluation design and secondary data analysis.
He is also contributing to two projects funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. One project compares outcomes for dual-eligible beneficiaries enrolled in different types of integrated care programs; the other seeks to identify facility-initiated, potentially involuntary discharges of nursing home residents. While most of his research involves the U.S. health care system, Dr. Feng is also working with the World Bank to assist policymakers in China in developing aged care policies and services, including a recent review of long-term care insurance pilot programs in 15 cities across China.
Dr. Feng came to RTI in 2012 from Brown University, where he was an assistant professor of health services, policy, and practice at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research. He continues to hold an adjunct faculty appointment at Brown. A native Mandarin Chinese speaker, he is familiar with the social, cultural, and health policy contexts of both China and the United States. He is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Aging & Social Policy. He is a member of AcademyHealth, the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Long-Term Care Policy Network.