Allen Dobson, PhD

Allen Dobson

Title: Economist

Location: Vienna, Virginia, United States

Allen Dobson, Economist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care economics.

Dr. Dobson got into his profession because of an economics professor at the University of Washington, who encouraged him to attend graduate school. From there, Dr. Dobson went on to be named a fellow of the National Defense Education Act from 1965 to 1968. This allowed him to further his education and earn a PhD at the institution in 1970. In 2007, he utilized his decades of experience and expertise in the field to co-found and become the president of his company, Dobson | DaVanzo LLC, a health care financial consulting company. Prior to launching this endeavor, he worked as a Senior Vice President for The Lewin Group, as a Division Director of Beneficiary Studies and Director of Office Research at the Health Care Financial Administration and as a health economist for the Department of Health in Maryland. One of his earliest career positions was as a senior economist for the Planning Research Corporation.

During Dr. Dobson’s time at the Health Care Financial Administration, he designed the inpatient prospective payment system(IPPS) in 1983. It is a method by which hospitals are paid for inpatient services. This method has been duplicated in other countries. Dr. Dobson also laid the foundation for the physician fee schedule in 1991. He co-wrote an article about this for the New England Journal of Medicine with Steve Jenks. This schedule is still being used today. He maintains affiliation with the United States Government Senior Executive Service, the American Economist Association, the American Public Health Association and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Dobson is also the recipient of numerous government awards and has been selected as a fellow of the National Defense Education Act and the Economics Development Administration.

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