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J Frank Wharam, MB, BCh, BAO, MPH

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School
Phone: (617) 509-9948


jwharam@post.harvard.edu

J Frank Wharam, MB, BCh, BAO, MPH

Harvard Medical School

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

I am a physician and health services researcher with expertise in patient and physician incentives for efficient care as well as assessment of cancer care in claims data. I lead or have led six major projects examining effects of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) on appropriate health care and have published early studies of modern HDHPs. I co-lead the Harvard site's NIDDK/CDC NEXT-D study (1U58DP02719) that examines the impact of HDHPs on diabetes prevention, quality, and disparities and I am the Principal Investigator of an analysis of the longer term impact of HDHPs on diabetes complications (R01 DK100304). In addition, I am the Principal Investigator of an American Cancer Society-funded study, “The Impact of HDHPs on Disparities in Cancer Screening” (ID: 118261-RSGI-10-075-01-CPHPS) and an NCI study (1R01CA172639) examining breast cancer outcomes among HDHP members. I am the Principal Investigator of an imminent PCORI project assessing high-deductible insurance and bipolar disorder. I have also been Principal Investigator and co-investigator of an examination of the impact of a regional Massachusetts HDHP on a spectrum of outcomes including outpatient visits, laboratory and radiology testing, cancer screening, pediatric care, maternity care, medication use, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations. I have experience in analyzing large databases, understanding nuances of health plan benefit design, and understanding how medical care by physicians can be accurately assessed using health insurance claims data. I have also helped develop rigorous study designs that minimize selection bias, a major problem when trying to accurately interpret utilization patterns among HDHP members. Finally, I am a general internist physician with first-hand experience managing and counseling chronically ill patients.

Publications

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  • Leopold C, Wagner AK, Zhang F, Lu CY, Earle C, Nekhlyudov L, Degnan DR, Frank Wharam J. Racial disparities in all-cause mortality among younger commercially insured women with incident metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2016. PubMed
  • Mammography Rates 3 Years After the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force Guidelines Changes. . Wharam JF, Landon B, Zhang F, Xu X, Soumerai S, Ross-Degnan D J Clin Oncol 2015.