Professor Hirth is a health economist whose research interests include health insurance benefit design, healthcare costs, the economics of end-stage renal disease care, long-term care, and the role of not-for-profit providers in healthcare markets. Along with colleagues at the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC), where he is an associate director, his work in developing the prospective payment system for dialysis facilities under Medicare has contributed to hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars saved while helping improve access, choice, and quality of care for kidney disease patients. He has been recognized for this work with the AcademyHealth HRS Impact Award. Prof. Hirth also serves as chair of the Department of Health Management & Policy in the School of Public Health.
- P.h.D., Economics, University of Pennsylvania
- M.A., Economics, University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., Economics, Carleton College