Peter Kemper, PhD

Health Policy and Administration and Demography
The Pennsylvania State University
504Q Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814/865-6899

Peter Kemper, PhD, is professor of health policy and administration and demography at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and an expert long-term services and supports delivery and policy. He has led a number of studies of the lifetime risk of needing long-term services and supports, nursing home use, and high expenditures for long-term services and supports. His research on home care includes the evaluation of the Channeling Demonstration, a large, randomized experiment that tested the effect of public financing of home care for the elderly. His research analyzed state options for the design of home care programs, case management in home care, and the effect of state Medicaid home care spending on unmet need for personal care. Most recently his research has investigated options for improving the jobs of direct care workers and reducing turnover.

Dr. Kemper has extensive experience designing complex evaluation and data collection projects. As principal investigator of the Community Tracking Study, he developed the overall study design as well as the consumer, physician, and employer surveys. He also designed the evaluation of the Better Jobs Better Care demonstration and the Frontline Supervisor Survey for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Kemper previously served as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and as workgroup leader on the Clinton Health Reform effort. Before coming to Penn State, he was vice president of the Center for Studying Health System Change; director of the Division of Long-Term Care Studies at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research; and director of the Madison Office of Mathematica Policy Research. He received his BA degree in mathematics from Oberlin College and his PhD degree in economics from Yale University.

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