Meet LDI Senior Fellow Hanming Fang, PhD

Meet LDI Senior Fellow Hanming Fang, PhD

Term Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences

Each year, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) hosts a special "Fall Kickoff" to introduce its newly-appointed Senior Fellows. Held on the Moelis Terrace of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, this year's event welcomed nineteen Penn health services researchers including:

Hanming Fang, PhD
Term Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences

ST. PETER AND MEDICARE PHYSICIAN TIME SHEETS
Fang spoke about his recent National Bureau of Economic Research Paper entitled "Detecting Potential Overbilling in Medicare Reimbursements via Hours Worked." Tallying up the timed service codes for Medicare treatments billed to CMS in 2012, Fang found that thousands of physicians submitted claims for clinical services that would have taken more than 100 hours a week to perform. He said the project helped him understand a joke that when a certain lawyer died and arrived at heaven's gate, St. Peter said "You're long overdue. We have you as 169 years old." But the lawyer said, "I'm only 66." To which St. Peter replied "Up here, age is figured by your time sheets." On a serious note, Fang emphasized that his analysis system could be easily automated and expanded.   | See bio page | See the 18 other new senior fellows  |