About Dr. Fung

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Vicki Fung, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Fung is a health services researcher whose research focuses on health care financing and policy, with a focus on insurance coverage and access to care for vulnerable populations. This research aims to identify approaches that can improve patient outcomes, while also lowering costs, by addressing the complex needs of patients who are at greater risk of facing financial and non-financial barriers to necessary medical care. Dr. Fung leads multiple federally funded studies that examine the effects of changes in health care financing, including in Medicaid, Medicare, and for federally qualified health centers, on medical care use, outcomes, spending, and disparities in care. She also collaborates on studies that examine the post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance market, the effects of value-based insurance policies, and interventions to improve care delivery and outcomes for patients with serious mental illness. Her studies bridge multiple types of data, including data from administrative claims data, electronic health records, patient and provider surveys, and area-level data, and explore approaches for maximizing the value of electronic data sources.

Dr. Fung received her undergraduate degree in economics from Yale University and completed her doctoral training in health services research, with a focus on health economics, at the University of California, Berkeley. She received post-doctoral training at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Current Projects
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Medicaid Payment Policy and Access to Care for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries
Goal: To assess the impact of Medicaid payment increases for primary care providers on outpatient care, hospitalizations, and other adverse events, and medial spending, with a focus on vulnerable dual-eligible Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries.
Role: Principal Investigator

National Institutes of Health
Medicare Policy Effects on Mental Health Care Disparities
Goal:  This project will assess the impact of recent Medicare policy changes on racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care
Role:  Principal Investigator

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Federally Qualified Health Centers and Care for Vulnerable Populations
Goal:  This project will assess the impact of expansions in federally qualified health centers (FQHC) on medical care use and quality, adverse clinical events, and spending among low-income populations
Role: Principal Investigator

Dr. Fung on PubMed

BA, Yale University, Economics
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Post-Doctoral Training, University of California, San Francisco