Carrie Colla, PhD

Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Geisel Medical School

Carrie H. Colla, PhD



(603) 650-3521


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Dartmouth College

Primary Contact

Suzanne Burge
(603) 653-0824

Curriculum Vitae

Carrie Colla CV


Adjunct Faculty, Department of Economics
Member, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Cancer Control Program
Member, American Economic Association
Member, Academy Health
Member, Scientific Committee, International Health Economics Association
Member, American Society of Health Economists

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Colla is Assistant Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth Medical School. She is a health economist specializing in health insurance markets, insurance benefit design, provider payment, and the care and needs of the elderly. Dr. Colla’s research examines: effects of changes in Medicare reimbursement for physicians and institutional providers; costs, use, and outcomes of post-acute care; labor market effects of health insurance expansions; and employer health benefit choices under a pay-or-play mandate.

Published Research

Use of non-indicated cardiac testing in low-risk patients: Choosing Wisely
BMJ Qual Saf, 2015;24: 149-153doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003087
Choosing Wisely: Prevalence and Correlates of Low-Value Health Care Services in the United States
JGIM, Nov. 6, 2014; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-014-3070-z
Implementation of a Pilot ACO Payment Model and the Use of Discretionary and Non-Discretionary Cardiovascular Care
CirculationAHA, Oct. 20, 2014; 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.011470
Few ACOs Pursue Innovative Models That Integrate Care For Mental Illness And Substance Abuse With Primary Care
Health Affairs, October 2014;vol. 33 no. 10: 1805-1816
Tracking Spending Among Commercially Insured Beneficiaries Using a Distributed Data Model
Am J Manag Care, Aug. 21, 2014;Vol 20(8): 650-657
Beyond PCMHs and Accountable Care Organizations: Payment Reform That Encourages Customized Care
J Gen Int Med, Aug. 8, 2014; [Epub ahead of print]DOI: 10.1007/s11606-014-2928-4
Prescription Opioid Use Among Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries: Intensity, Trends, and Regional Variation
Medical Care, September 2014;52(9): 852-859DOI:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000183
First National Survey Of ACOs Finds That Physicians Are Playing Strong Leadership And Ownership Roles
Health Affairs, June 2, 2014;33(6): 964-971
Overuse of short-interval bone densitometry: assessing rates of low-value care
Osteoporosis International, May 9, 2014; [Epub ahead of print]DOI: 10.1007/s00198-014-2725-2
Choosing Wisely — The Politics and Economics of Labeling Low-Value Services
New Engl J Med, Jan. 22, 2014;DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1314965:

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In the Media

Swimming against the Current — What Might Work to Reduce Low-Value Care? NEJM, October 2, 2014 »

ACPE Supports Findings of New Study on Physician Leadership in ACOs Insurance Network News, June 4, 2014 »

At End of Life, Chemotherapy Use Dropped After Implementation of Medicare Reform Act OncLive, May 13, 2014 »

Dartmouth Researchers Find Savings in Cancer Care Valley News, May 11, 2014 »

Businesses Welcome Reprieve from Offering Insurance The Baltimore Sun, July 3, 2013 »

New Medical Care Networks Show Savings NYTimes, September 11, 2012 »

Doctor incentive groups may save money, with effort Reuters, September 11, 2012 »

A Public Option That Works NY Times Op-Ed, August 21, 2009 »

‘Accountable’ health care model holds promise Foster's Daily Democrat, September 30, 2012 »