Ashish Jha
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Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H. is the K.T. Li Professor of International Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, and Director, Harvard Global Health Institute. He is also a practicing Internal Medicine physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System and a member of the Institute of Medicine. He has served as Special Advisor for Quality and Safety to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jha received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed his General Medicine fellowship from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and received his M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Jha’s major research interests lie in improving the quality and costs of healthcare with a specific focus on the impact of current state and federal policy efforts. His work has focused on four primary areas: public reporting, pay-for-performance, health information technology, and leadership, and the roles they play in fixing the U.S. healthcare delivery system.

Recent Posts by Ashish Jha

The Final Stage Of Meaningful Use Rules: Will EHRs Finally Pay Off?

Six years ago, President Obama signed into law the HITECH Act, which spelled out a path to a nationwide health information technology infrastructure.  The goal was simple:  every doctor, nurse, and hospital in America should use electronic health records -- and do it in a way that leads to...

Racial Disparities In Health Care: Justin Dimick And Coauthors’ June Health Affairs Study

Racial disparities in health and healthcare are a persistent and troubling problem for the U.S. Despite substantial policy efforts to the contrary, racial and ethnic minorities, especially African-Americans, often receive a lower quality of care and have worse outcomes. The key questions, of...

Trust But Verify: Why CMS Got It Right On EHR Oversight

Yesterday’s New York Times headline read that “Medicare Is Faulted on Shift to Electronic Records.” The story describes an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, released November 29, 2012, that faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for not providing adequate oversight...

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use Of EHRs Final Rules: Still No Surprises But Important Steps Forward

Six months to the day after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the “preliminary rules” for Meaningful Use, the final rules are in.  For clinicians and policymakers who want to see Electronic Health Records (EHRs) play a key role in driving improvements in the...

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use Of EHRs Proposed Rules: No Surprises

Editor’s note: For more on the Stage 2 proposed rules defining meaningful use of electronic health records, see Larry Wolf’s Health Affairs Blog post. Late in the day on February 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the preliminary rules for Stage...

Hospital Costs And Quality: Ashish Jha’s View

Editor’s Note: Health Affairs has recently published two studies looking at the association between hospital costs and quality. The first, by Ashish Jha and coauthors, appeared in our May-June issue, and the second by Laura Yasaitis, Amitabh Chandra, and coauthors, was published online....