Timothy Hoff

Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy
education Ph.D.
University of Albany, SUNY
Mailing address 101 HA
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Timothy Hoff is an associate professor of management, healthcare systems, and health policy with appointments of 25% in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and 75% in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He is a nationally recognized organizational and medical sociologist in the study of U.S. health reform implementation, health care quality, primary care, and physician behavior. In addition, he is a leading voice on the use of qualitative methods in health services research. He has published over 40 articles, several book chapters, and a full-length book entitled Practice Under Pressure:  Primary Care Physicians and Their Work in the 21st Century, a sociological analysis of the everyday world of primary care physicians, which received an Outstanding Academic Title award from Choice Magazine in 2010.

His health care research, which examines the sociological dynamics of health care workers and work settings and how they influence system performance, has won national awards from the American Sociological Association, Academy of Management, and Society for Applied Anthropology.  In 2012, he was named as a “101 Most Influential Professors of Public Health” by MPHProgramsList.com, an online service for public health student education.

Before coming to Northeastern University, Dr. Hoff was a faculty member at the University at Albany School of Public Health where he taught health policy and management courses and was a two-time winner of the school’s excellence in teaching award.  Dr. Hoff has also been a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Templeton College of Management, chair of the Healthcare Management Division of the Academy of Management, and is on several health care journal editorial boards.

He serves as a consultant to numerous agencies and organizations including the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Hoff is currently PI on a federal grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, studying patient-centered medical home implementation.  Other current research interests include the restructuring of primary care delivery in the United States, the changing nature of the health professional workforce and its impact on system outcomes like quality and access, and articulating new models of professionalism that better fit with the realities of contemporary workplaces and workers.

Hoff earned his PhD in public administration from the University at Albany.

Selected Publications

Hoff, T., Weller, W., DePuccio M. (2012). The Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Review of Recent Research. Medical Care Research and Review, 69: 619-44.

Hartmann, C., Hoff, T., Palmer, J.A., Wroe, P., Dutta-Lin, M., and G. Lee. (2012) The Medicare policy of payment adjustment for healthcare-associated infections: Perspectives on theoretical unintended consequences. Medical Care Research and Review, 69(1): 45-61.

Hoff, T. (2012). Older adults and the “one-size-fits-all” medical home model. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 31: 531-36.

Hoff, T. (2011). Deskilling and adaptation among primary care physicians using two work innovations. Health Care Management Review, 36(4): 338-48.

Hoff, T., Hartmann, C., Soerensen, C., Wroe, P., Dutta-Linn, M., and G. Lee. (2011). Making the CMS payment policy for healthcare-associated infections work: Organizational factors that matter. Journal of Healthcare Management, 56(5): 319-36.

Hoff, T. (2011). Toward thinking qualitatively in health services research. Medical Care Research and Review, 68(1): 49-55.

Weiner, B., Amick, H., Lund, J., Lee, S., and T. Hoff. (2011). Use of qualitative methods in published health services and management research: A Ten-Year Review. Medical Care Research and Review, 68(1): 3-33.

Hoff, T. and C. Soerensen. (2011). No payment for preventable complications: Reviewing the early literature for content, guidance, and impressions. Quality Management in Health Care, 20(1): 62-75.

Hoff, T. (2010). The patient-centered medical home: What we need to know more about. Medical Care Research and Review, 67(4): 383-392.

Hoff, T. (2010). The shaky foundation of the patient-centered medical home. American Journal of Managed Care, 16(6): e134-e136.

Hoff, T. (2010). Managing the negatives of experience in physician teams: A case study of an academic medical center. Health Care Management Review, 35(1): 65-76.

Nembhard, I., Alexander J., Hoff, T., and R. Ramanujaum. (2009). Understanding implementation failure in health care delivery: A role for organizational research and theory. Academy of Management Perspectives, 23(1): 24-42.

Hoff, T. (2008). Long-term follow-up culture in state newborn screening programs. Genetics in Medicine, 10(6): 396-403.

Hoff, T. (2008). How work context shapes physician approach to safety and error. Quality Management in Health Care, 17(2): 140-153.

Hoff, T., Ayoob, M., Therrell, B. (2007). Long-term follow-up data collection and use in state newborn screening programs. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 161(10):994-1000.

Selected Honors & Awards

Named in 2012 as one of the “101 Most Influential Professors of Public Health” nationally by MPHProgramsList.com, an online service for public health student education.

Outstanding Academic Title Award, Choice Magazine, 2010, for the book, “Practice Under Pressure: Primary Care Physicians and Their Medicine in the Twenty-First Century”.

Member, Institute of Medicine Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 2008-09, Title of Study: Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan.

Visiting Fellow, 2005, Templeton College of Management, Oxford University.

Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division, 1998.

Roberta K. Simmons National Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Section, 1997.