Laura M. Keohane, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Health Policy
Office Address
2525 West End Ave
Suite 1200
Room / Suite
(615) 936-8312

Medicare, Medicaid, Aging, Disability, Long-term Care


Laura M. Keohane is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on policies that promote better health outcomes and provide affordable services for beneficiaries with Medicare and Medicaid, especially those who face health care barriers due to frailty, disability, or limited socioeconomic resources. Dr. Keohane’s research has examined managed care alignment initiatives for dual-eligible beneficiaries, post-acute benefits in Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare spending for dual-eligible beneficiaries, and factors affecting Medicaid participation among Medicare beneficiaries. She currently leads a large federally funded research grant on Medicaid and Medicare policies that can support aging in place for older low-income adults with diabetes and dementia. 

Dr. Keohane holds a PhD in health services research from Brown University and a MS in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Recent & Highlighted Research

Achola EM, Stevenson DG, Keohane LM. Postacute Care Services Use and Outcomes Among Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 August 04; 4(8):e232517. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2023.2517.  PubMed PMID: 37594745 Citation in REDCap PMC10439482.

Keohane LM, Tummarakota S. Publicly Reported Quality Performance for Dual-eligible Special Needs Plans, 2010-2019. J Aging Soc Policy. 2023 June 22; :1-21.  PubMed PMID: 37348455 Citation in REDCap

Keohane LM, Kripalani S, Stevenson DG, Buntin MB. Traditional Medicare Episode-Related Spending on Postacute Care for Dual-Eligible and Medicare-Only Beneficiaries, 2009-2017. Med Care Res Rev. 2023 February; 80(1):92-100. doi:10.1177/10775587221095956.  PubMed PMID: 35652541 Citation in REDCap