Wendy Yi Xu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Services Management and Policy

Phone: 6142920662
Email: xu.1636@osu.edu

Cunz Hall 208, 1841 Neil Avenue
1841 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210


My background and training are in health services research and health economics. I conduct policy-driven research using complex and large data. My primary research area is health policy and prevention, particularly focusing on socioeconomically disadvantaged population. I recently completed a project funded by Academy Health to study the economic impact of Affordable Care Act (ACA) reform on cancer screenings of Medicare population. I recently developed an active research agenda on impacts of the ACA reforms on low-income women and children. I am a co-investigator of a Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded project studying the patient-centered outcomes of Medicaid children with disabilities. Currently, I am a Principal Investigator of a project that evaluates the role ACA plays in low-income women’s fertility and contraceptive behaviors.   


PhD, Health Services Research Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 2013
MS, Health Services Research Policy and Administration School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
BA, Economics, School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China, 2006

Special Sworn Researcher with the U.S. Census Bureau

Selected Publications

Xu, W.Y., Jung, K., “Low-value Cancer Screenings, Socioeconomic Disparities, and Distributional Effects in Medicare”, forthcoming Health Services Research

Song, P., Reiter, K., Xu, W., Y. “High-tech versus high-touch:  Components of Hospital Costs and Charges Vary Widely by Medicare Hospital Services”, forthcoming Journal of Health Management

Xu, W. Y., Dowd, B., Abraham, J. “The Impact of State Mandated Benefits of Preventive Cancer Screenings on Consumers”, European Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 17, no. 2. (Mar 2016): 203-215.

Xu, W. Y., Dowd, B. “Lessons from Medicare Coverage of Colonoscopy and PSA Test”, Medical Care Research Review, February 2015; 72 (1).

Xu, W. Y., Marmor, S., Zeglin, J., Abraham, J., Knutson, D., Virnig, B. “Evaluating the Relationship between Cost and Quality of Diabetes Care in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Population”, Population Health Management, Vol. 19, no. 1. (Feb 2016): 17-23.

Kralewski, J., Dowd, B., Xu, W.Y. 2012. “Medical Groups Can Reduce Costs by Investing in Improved Quality of Care for Patients with Diabetes.” Health Affairs, 31(8):1830-5.

Parente, S., Feldman, R., Abraham, J., and Xu, Y. 2011. “Consumer Response to a National Marketplace for Individual Insurance.” Journal of Risk and Insurance, 78 (2), 389–411.

Parente, S., Feldman, R., Xu, Y. 2010. "Impact of Full Replacement with Consumer Driven Health Plans". Insurance Markets and Companies: Analyses and Actuarial Computations, 1(1), 4-14. 

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