Jalpa Doshi, PhD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Jalpa Doshi, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Value Based Insurance Design Initiatives at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. Her research program aims to advance our understanding of how pharmaceuticals can be better accessed and utilized in the health care system to improve health outcomes while balancing costs. She has been a national leader in applying powerful health economics, outcomes research, and policy methods to address issues related to pharmaceutical access, costs, outcomes, and value. Her research has received widespread attention from the media including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has directly influenced policies of public and private insurers. For example, she was the first to produce rigorous empirical research advocating for the closure of the “donut hole” (executed under the Affordable Care Act) and institution of an annual out-of-pocket maximum with “smoothing” (executed under the Inflation Reduction Act) under Medicare Part D. Her work documenting negative consequences of cost sharing among veterans was cited in arguments that kept the VA from increasing drug copayments. Her research on the burden of prior authorization policies for novel cholesterol-lowering agents was used to work with national insurers to appropriately reduce their policy restrictions. In recognition of her work, she has received numerous awards and honors from national and international organizations.