May 31, 2024

HSR Announces Recipient of Best Research Paper of the Year Award

David Chan, Jr., MD, PhD

David Chan, Jr., MD, PhD

Congratulations to David Chan, Jr., MD, PhD, an investigator with HSR’s Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) and VA Palo Alto Health Care, on receiving the 2023 HSR Best Research Paper Award! The award honors an article or collection of articles that result from one or more HSR- or QUERI-funded investigations. Research studies must involve Veterans and be relevant to Veterans’ health and care, as well as to the VA healthcare system.

Dr. Chan received the 2023 HSR Best Research Paper Award for a paper he wrote with colleagues: “Is There a VA Advantage? Evidence from Dually Eligible Veterans.” Published in American Economic Review, the paper reports on a study of public versus private provision of healthcare for Veterans aged 65 and older who may receive care provided by VA and in private hospitals financed by Medicare. The study found that VA reduces 28-day mortality by 46 percent and that these survival gains are persistent. VA also reduces 28-day spending by 21 percent and delivers strikingly different reported services relative to private hospitals.

HSR thanks Dr. Chan for his outstanding work and contribution to the literature, which help VA improve the quality of healthcare for all Veterans.

HSR also thanks the Best Research Paper of the Year nominees for their important work and contributions to the field of health services research: