Eric W. Christensen, PhD

Director of Economics and Health Services Research & Adjunct Professor, Health Services Management at The University of Minnesota
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Dr. Christensen is the Director of Economic and Health Services Research for the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute (HPI). Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor of Health Services Management at the University of Minnesota. He has over 20 years of experience as a health economist. Prior to working at the Neiman HPI, he led an interdisciplinary research team at the Center for Naval Analyses conducting research for various government agencies, served as the health economist for Children’s Minnesota hospital system and engaged in private consulting.

Dr. Christensen’s recent research has focused on the financial viability of the No Surprises Act for clinicians when resolving payment disputes for out-of-network claims, Medicare reimbursement trends, economic drivers of health disparities and the role of reimbursement in disparities, the role of treatment and imaging in cost growth in stroke care, and the association of non-physician practitioners in imaging ordering and interpretation patterns. His research and consulting have covered an array of health care delivery and policy questions from the standpoints of cost of imaging, non-physician practitioners and imaging, accountable care organizations, population health, cost-effectiveness, medical homes, interventions, infrastructure, financial performance under various reimbursement models, demonstrating the value of specific clinical approaches, determining the return on investment, and demonstrating the economic impact of health systems on the local economy.

Dr. Christensen has worked extensively with internal and external stakeholders. In addition to professional conferences, he has presented research and analytic findings to senior government leaders and corporate executives. This includes testimony before U.S. Senate and U.S. House committees, the congressionally appointed Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission, and the DOD Task Force on the Future of Military Health Care.

Dr. Christensen received his PhD in economics from the University of Illinois. He has a master’s degree in economics from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in business management (finance) from Brigham Young University.

Selected Publications

Parikh JR, Drake AR, Waid MD, Rula EY, Christensen EW. Radiologists’ Out-of-Network Billing Trends, 2007-2021. Journal of the American College of Radiology, 2024.

Christensen EW, Waid MD, Hirsch JA, Parikh JR, Raja AS, Rathmell JP, Rula EY. Financial Viability of the No Surprises Act Independent Dispute Resolution Process: Radiology and Other Hospital-Based Specialties. American Journal of Roentgenology, 2024.

Christensen EW, Sanelli PC, Rula RY, Chang KJ, Moreno CC, Bruining DH, Yee J. Sociodemographic Factors and Screening CT Colonography Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries. American Journal of Roentgenology, 2023.

Christensen EW, Liu CM, Duszak R, Hirsch JA, Swan TL, Rula EY. Association of State Share of Non-Physician Practitioners with Diagnostic Imaging Ordering Among Emergency Department Visits for Medicare Beneficiaries. JAMA Network Open, 2022; 5(11): e2241297.

Christensen EW, Waid M, Scott J, Patel BK, Bello JA, Rula EY. The Relationship between Race and Access to Newer Mammographic Technology in Women with Medicare Insurance. Radiology, 2023; 306(2): e221153.