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Karoline  Mortensen

Karoline Mortensen

Associate Professor, Health Sector Management and Policy

(305) 284-9525
Jenkins 417L

Research Interests

  • Health insurance, access, and health care utilization of vulnerable populations, particularly utilization of Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured
  • Assessing impacts of the Affordable Care Act
  • Innovative payment mechanisms in Maryland hospitals

Selected Publications

Mortensen Karoline, Hu Tianyan, Ullmann Steven G., French Michael T. (2016) "Does Media Attention Highlighting Hospitals with High Charges Lead to Charge Reductions?" Journal of Health Care Finance, Vol. 43, No 1, pp. 1-15.

Hu Tianyan, Mortensen, Karoline. (2016) "Mandatory Statewide Medicaid Managed Care in Florida and Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions." Health Services Research. OnlineFirst early view.

Kim, Theresa Y., Karoline Mortensen, and Barbara Eldridge (2015). “Linking Uninsured Patients Treated In the Emergency Department to Primary Care Shows Some Promise in Maryland,” Health Affairs, Vol. 34, No. 5, pp. 796-804.

Mortensen, Karoline, Chad Perman, and Jie Chen (2014). “Innovative Payment Mechanisms in Maryland Hospitals: An Empirical Analysis of Readmissions under Total Patient Revenue,” Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, Vol. 2,  No. 3, pp. 177-183.

Chen, Jie, Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Karoline Mortensen, and Stephen B. Thomas (2014). “Using Quantile Regression to Examine Health Care Expenditures during the Great Recession,” Health Services Research, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 705-730.

Mortensen, Karoline (2014). “Access to Primary and Specialty Care and Emergency Department Utilization of Medicaid Enrollees Needing Specialty Care,” Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 801-813.

Atherly, Adam and Karoline Mortensen (2014). “Medicaid Primary Care Physician Fees and the Use of Preventive Services among Medicaid Enrollees,” Health Services Research, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 1306-1328.

Chen, Jie, Karoline Mortensen, and Robin Bloodworth (2014). “Exploring Contextual Factors and Patient Activation: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Sample of Patients with Depression,” Health Education & Behavior, Vol. 41, No. 6, pp. 614-624.

Mortensen, Karoline and Jie Chen (2013). “The Great Recession and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Services Use,” JAMA Internal Medicine, Vol. 173, No. 4, pp. 315-317.

Villani, Jennifer and Karoline Mortensen (2013). “Patient-Provider Communication and Timely Receipt of Preventive Services,” Preventive Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 5, pp. 658-663.

Under Obamacare, Costs Go Down For Young Adults With Mental Illness. Radio interview for National Public Radio WLRN 91.3 with Sammy Mack.

Research: What Happens When Hospitals Are Publicly Shamed Over Prices? Not So MuchRadio interview.

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Director of the Master in Health Administration (MHA) Program
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health System and Value Research (HSVR) Study Section Standing Member
  • Essentials of Health Care Delivery and Economics
  • Introduction to Population Health Management and Services
  • Member: AcademyHealth, American Society of Health Economists, International Health Economics Association, Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • AcademyHealth Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy member


  • Ph.D., Health Services Organization and Policy, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Applied Economics, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Economics and Political Science, Florida State University

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