Sukyung Chung, Ph.D.
795 El Camino Real, Ames Building
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2302
Sukyung Chung, Ph.D., is an assistant investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Research Institute (PAMFRI). Dr. Chung’s primary research interest is physician payment. She is a recent recipient of a Career Development Award (K01) from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality. Her study, “Measuring and Compensating Primary Care Physician Work,” employs mixed methods to examine the scope of primary care physician (PCP) work — both during and outside office visit encounters — and how this work relates to billing and physician compensation.
Since joining PAMFRI in 2008, Dr. Chung has led studies evaluating the physician pay-for-performance incentive program at PAMF, developed methods to risk-adjust physician panel size, and assessed practice variation across primary care physicians in the treatment of diabetes and hypertension. These studies use extensive, in-depth information on clinical encounters, tracking physician work and physician-patient interactions, extracted from the EpicCare electronic health records and billing system at PAMF.
Dr. Chung practiced as a pharmacist before her health economics training. She received her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at Ewha Womans University and her master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Seoul National University. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed an NIMH postdoctoral clinical services research training program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), as well as a UCSF-PAMFRI joint postdoctoral program in Health Policy Research.
Chung S, Eaton LJ, Luft HS.Standardizing primary care physician panels: is age and sex good enough? Am J Manag Care. 2012 Jul 1;18(7):e262-8.PMID:22823555
Diamond LC, Luft HS, Chung S, Jacobs EA. "Does this doctor speak my language?" Improving the characterization of physician non-English language skills. Health Serv Res. 2012 Feb;47(1 Pt 2):556-69. PMID:22091825
Banerjee D, Chung S, Wong EC, Wang EJ, Stafford RS, Palaniappan LP.Underdiagnosis of hypertension using electronic health records. Am J Hypertens. 2012 Jan;25(1):97-102. PMID:22031453
Chung S, Palaniappan LP, Trujillo LM, Rubin HR, Luft HS.Effect of physician-specific pay-for-performance incentives in a large group practice. Am J Manag Care. 2010 Feb 1;16(2):e35-42.PMID:20148608
Chung S, Palaniappan L, Wong E, Rubin H, Luft H. Does the frequency of pay-for-performance payment matter? -- Experience from a randomized trial. Health Serv Res. 2010 Apr;45(2):553-64. PMID: 20059568