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Susan Ettner

Susan Ettner
Professor

Departments

DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementPart Time
Contact Information
Phone: 
310.794.0732

911 Broxton Plaza

Susan L. Ettner is Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research n the UCLA Department of Medicine and in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Ettner obtained her Ph.D. in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. She was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Health Care Policy prior to joining UCLA in 1999. Dr. Ettner was the 2001 recipient of the Alice S. Hersch New Investigator Award by the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, given each year to the outstanding new health services researcher in the country. Dr. Ettner's research interests include mental health and substance abuse services, reciprocity in the relationship between health and labor market outcomes, insurance markets and managed care, chronic disability, post-acute and long-term care. She teaches an advanced research methods course for the doctoral students in the Fielding School of Public Health and is involved in a number of research projects, including a study of the cost-effectiveness of a randomized, integrated patient-provider intervention to prevent harmful and hazardous alcohol use in the elderly; an administrative data analysis of treatment patterns and their relationship to outcomes among managed behavioral health patients; a pilot study of provider financial incentives for improving the quality of depression care; an evaluation of the impact of the Medicare Part D benzodiazepine exclusion on managed care patients with anxiety diagnoses or a history of benzodiazepine use; and an assessment of predictors of health services and long-term care use among triply diagnosed HIV+ patients. Dr. Ettner is also a member of the Task Force and legislative analyst for the California Health Benefits Review Program, which provides independent analyses of the medical, financial, and public health impacts of proposed health insurance benefit mandates.

Education: 
PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Selected Publications: 
  • Ettner SL. Do Elderly Medicaid Patients Experience Reduced Access to Nursing Home Care? Journal of Health Economics 1993; 12(3):259-280.
  • Ettner SL. New Evidence on the Relationship Between Income and Health. Journal of Health Economics 1996; 15(1): 67-86.
  • Ettner SL. Adverse Selection and the Purchase of MediGap Insurance by the Elderly. Journal of Health Economics 1997; 16(5):543-562.
  • Ettner SL, Frank RG, McGuire TG, Hermann RC. Risk Adjustment Alternatives in Paying for Behavioral Health Care under Medicaid. Health Services Research 2001;36(4):793.
  • Ettner SL, Frank R, Kessler R. The Impact of Psychiatric Disorder on Labor Market Outcomes. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 1997; 51(1):64-81.
  • Ettner SL, Hermann RC. The Role of Profit Status under Imperfect Information: Evidence from the Treatment Patterns of Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized for Psychiatric Diagnoses. Journal of Health Economics 2001;20:23-49.
  • Ettner SL, Grzywacz J. Socioeconomic Status and Health among Californians: An Examination of Multiple Pathways. American Journal of Public Health.2003;93(3):441-444.
  • Ettner SL, Huang D, Evans E, Rose Ash D, Hardy M, Jourabchi M, Hser YI. Benefit-cost in the California Treatment Outcome Project: Does Substance Abuse Treatment "Pay for Itself"? Health Services Research. 2006;41(1):192-213.
  • Ettner SL. The Relationship Between the Continuity of Care and the Health Behaviors of Patients: Does Having a Usual Physician Make a Difference? Medical Care 1999; 37(6): 547-55.
  • Ettner SL, Thompson TJ, Stevens MR, Mangione CM, Kim C, Steers WN, Goewey J, Brown AF, Chung RS, Narayan KMV and the TRIAD Study Group. Are Physician Reimbursement Strategies Associated With Processes of Care and Patient Satisfaction for Patients with Diabetes in Managed Care? Health Services Research. 2006 Aug;41(4 Pt 1):1221-41.
  • Ettner SL. The Effect of the Medicaid Home Care Benefit on Long-term Care Choices of the Elderly. Economic Inquiry 1994; 32(1):103-7.
  • Ettner SL, Weissman J. Utilization of Formal and Informal Home Care by AIDS Patients in Boston: A Comparison of Intravenous Drug Users and Homosexual Males. Medical Care 1994; 32(5):459-470.
  • Callahan TL, Hall JE, Ettner SL, Christiansen CL, Greene MF, Crowley WF. The Economic Impact of Multiple-Gestation Pregnancies and the Contribution of Assisted-Reproductive Techniques to Their Incidence. New England Journal of Medicine 1994; 331(4):244-9.
  • Ettner SL. The Impact of "Parent Care" on Female Labor Supply Decisions. Demography 1995; 32(1):63-80.
  • Ettner SL. The Opportunity Costs of Elder Care. Journal of Human Resources 1996; 31(1): 189-205.
  • Ettner SL. New Evidence on the Relationship Between Income and Health. Journal of Health Economics 1996; 15(1): 67-86.
  • Ettner SL. The Timing of Preventive Services for Women and Children: The Effect of Having a Usual Source of Care. American Journal of Public Health 1996; 86(12): 1748-1754.
  • Ettner SL. Measuring the Human Cost of a Weak Economy: Does Unemployment Lead to Alcohol Abuse? Social Science and Medicine 1997; 44(2): 251-260.
  • Ettner SL. Medicaid Participation Among the Eligible Elderly. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 1997; 16(3):237-255.
  • Ettner SL. Adverse Selection and the Purchase of MediGap Insurance by the Elderly. Journal of Health Economics 1997; 16(5):543-562.
  • Ettner SL. Mental Health Services Under Medicare: The Influence of Economic Incentives. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 1997; 4(1):283-286.
  • Ettner SL, Notman E. How Well Do Ambulatory Care Groups Predict 29 Expenditures of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Patients? Administration and Policy in Mental Health 1997; 24(4): 339-357.
  • Ettner SL, Frank R, Kessler R. The Impact of Psychiatric Disorders on Labor Market Outcomes. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 1997; 51(1):64-81.
  • Ettner SL, Hermann RC. Provider Specialty Choice Among Medicare Beneficiaries Treated for Psychiatric Disorders. Health Care Financing Review 1997; 18(3):1-17.
  • Perrin J, Ettner SL, McLaughlin T, Gortmaker S, Bloom S, Kuhlthau K. State Variations in Supplemental Security Income Enrollment for Children and Adolescents. American Journal of Public Health 1998; 88(6):1-4. PMCID: PMC1508231
  • Hermann RC, Ettner SL, Dorwart RA. The Influence of Psychiatric Disorders on Patients' Ratings of Satisfaction with Health Care. Medical Care 1998; 36(5): 720-27.
  • Ettner SL, Christiansen CL, Callahan TL, Hall JE. How Low Birthweight and Gestational Age Contribute to Increased Inpatient Costs for Multiple Births. Inquiry, Winter 1997/1998; 34: 325-339.
  • Ettner SL, Frank RG, McGuire TG, Newhouse JP, Notman E. Risk Adjustment of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Payments. Inquiry 1998; 35:223-239.
  • Hermann RC, Ettner SL, Dorwart RA, Hoover CW, Yeung E. Characteristics of Psychiatrists Who Perform ECT. American Journal of Psychiatry 1998; 155(7): 889-894.
  • Ettner SL, Hermann RC. Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment of Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries, 1990-1991. Psychiatric Services 1998; 49(9): 1173-1179.
  • Marmot MG, Fuhrer R, Ettner SL, Marks NF, Bumpass LL, Ryff CD. Contribution of Psychosocial Factors to Socioeconomic Differences in Health. The Milbank Quarterly 1998; 76(3):403-448.
  • Eisenberg D, Davis R, Ettner S, Appel S, Wilkey S, Van Rompay M, Kessler R. Trends in Alternative Medicine Use in the United States 1990-1997: Results of a Follow-up National Survey. Journal of the American Medical Association 1998; 280(18): 1569-1575.        
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