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Diane Rittenhouse, MD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentFamily Community Medicine
Address500 Parnassus Avenue, MU
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-514-9249
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    Diane Rittenhouse, MD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Dr. Rittenhouse’s principal research interest lies at the intersection of social policy and clinical quality with a particular focus on public health and primary care. She has received a Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Rittenhouse was co-investigator for the National Study of Physician Practices funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was Principal Investigator for the evaluation of federal efforts to restore, expand and improve primary care services in Greater New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and for a qualitative study of the implementation of new models of primary care in the safety-net. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, on topics including innovations in primary care delivery and policies impacting the primary care workforce and delivery system. Dr. Rittenhouse has been invited to speak to members of the U.S. Congress on the role of the primary care in health reform.

    In addition, Dr. Rittenhouse has been a leader in Health Systems/Health Policy curriculum development for the UCSF School of Medicine, and has received awards for her teaching and curriculum development work.

    Dr. Rittenhouse received her MD from the University of California, Davis, and her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her medical training she worked for both the California Statewide Office of Health Planning and Development and for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in Washington, D.C.


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    1. Rittenhouse D, Ramsay PP, Casalino LP, McClellan S, Kandel ZK, Shortell SM. Increased Health Information Technology Adoption and Use Among Small Primary Care Physician Practices Over Time: A National Cohort Study. Ann Fam Med. 2017 Jan; 15(1):56-62. PMID: 28376461.
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    2. Rittenhouse D, Ament A, Shortell SM. Accountable Communities for Health: Data-Sharing Toolkit. 2016.
    3. Shortell SM, Rittenhouse D. The Most Critical Health Care Issues for the Next President to Address. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Nov 1. PMID: 27802502.
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    4. Rodriguez HP, Knox M, Hurley V, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM. The Use of Enhanced Appointment Access Strategies by Medical Practices. Med Care. 2016 Jun; 54(6):632-8. PMID: 26974679.
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    5. Ramsay PP, Shortell SM, Casalino LP, Rodriguez HP, Rittenhouse DR. A Longitudinal Study of Medical Practices' Treatment of Patients Who Use Tobacco. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Mar; 50(3):328-35. PMID: 26365836.
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    6. Wiley JA, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Casalino LP, Ramsay PP, Bibi S, Ryan AM, Copeland KR, Alexander JA. Managing chronic illness: physician practices increased the use of care management and medical home processes. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Jan; 34(1):78-86. PMID: 25561647.
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    7. Casalino LP, Pesko MF, Ryan AM, Mendelsohn JL, Copeland KR, Ramsay PP, Sun X, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM. Small primary care physician practices have low rates of preventable hospital admissions. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Sep; 33(9):1680-8. PMID: 25122562.
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    8. Casalino LP, Wu FM, Ryan AM, Copeland K, Rittenhouse DR, Ramsay PP, Shortell SM. Independent practice associations and physician-hospital organizations can improve care management for smaller practices. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Aug; 32(8):1376-82. PMID: 23918481.
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    9. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. Incentivizing primary care providers to innovate: building medical homes in the post-Katrina New Orleans safety net. Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb; 49(1):75-92. PMID: 23800148; PMCID: PMC3922467.
    10. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt L, Wu K, Wiley J. Contrasting trajectories of change in primary care clinics: lessons from New Orleans safety net. Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun; 11 Suppl 1:S60-7. PMID: 23690388; PMCID: PMC3707248.
    11. McClellan SR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR. When does adoption of health information technology by physician practices lead to use by physicians within the practice? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e26-32. PMID: 23396512; PMCID: PMC3715336.
    12. Schmidt LA, Rittenhouse DR, Wu KJ, Wiley JA. Transforming primary care in the New Orleans safety-net: the patient experience. Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):158-64. PMID: 23222529.
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    13. Alexander JA, Maeng D, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse D. Use of care management practices in small- and medium-sized physician groups: do public reporting of physician quality and financial incentives matter? Health Serv Res. 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):376-97. PMID: 22880957; PMCID: PMC3626343.
    14. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. The post-Katrina conversion of clinics in New Orleans to medical homes shows change is possible, but hard to sustain. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Aug; 31(8):1729-38. PMID: 22869651.
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    15. Nembhard IM, Singer SJ, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse D, Casalino LP. The cultural complexity of medical groups. Health Care Manage Rev. 2012 Jul-Sep; 37(3):200-13. PMID: 21934512.
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    16. Martsolf GR, Alexander JA, Shi Y, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Scanlon DP, Shortell SM. The patient-centered medical home and patient experience. Health Serv Res. 2012 Dec; 47(6):2273-95. PMID: 22670806; PMCID: PMC3523375.
    17. Chen AH, Rittenhouse D. The un-managed system of Medicare referrals. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):487-9. PMID: 22374409; PMCID: PMC3326098.
    18. Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, McClellan SR, Gillies RR, Alexander JA, Drum ML. Small and medium-size physician practices use few patient-centered medical home processes. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Aug; 30(8):1575-84. PMID: 21719447.
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    19. McMenamin SB, Bellows NM, Halpin HA, Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM. Adoption of policies to treat tobacco dependence in U.S. medical groups. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Nov; 39(5):449-56. PMID: 20965382.
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    20. Damberg CL, Shortell SM, Raube K, Gillies RR, Rittenhouse D, McCurdy RK, Casalino LP, Adams J. Relationship between quality improvement processes and clinical performance. Am J Manag Care. 2010 Aug; 16(8):601-6. PMID: 20712393.
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    21. Rittenhouse DR, Thom DH, Schmittdiel JA. Developing a policy-relevant research agenda for the patient-centered medical home: a focus on outcomes. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jun; 25(6):593-600. PMID: 20467908; PMCID: PMC2869424.
    22. Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Gillies RR, Shortell SM. Specialist physician practices as patient-centered medical homes. N Engl J Med. 2010 Apr 29; 362(17):1555-8. PMID: 20410499.
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    23. Harrison B, Rittenhouse DR, Phillips RL, Grumbach K, Bazemore AW, Dodoo MS. Title VII is critical to the community health center and National Health Service Corps workforce. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Jan 15; 81(2):132. PMID: 20082508.
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    24. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Gillies RR, Casalino LP, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK, Siddique J. Improving chronic illness care: findings from a national study of care management processes in large physician practices. Med Care Res Rev. 2010 Jun; 67(3):301-20. PMID: 20054057.
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    25. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Fisher ES. Primary care and accountable care--two essential elements of delivery-system reform. N Engl J Med. 2009 Dec 10; 361(24):2301-3. PMID: 19864649.
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    26. Shortell SM, Gillies R, Siddique J, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse D, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK. Improving chronic illness care: a longitudinal cohort analysis of large physician organizations. Med Care. 2009 Sep; 47(9):932-9. PMID: 19648838.
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    27. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM. The patient-centered medical home: will it stand the test of health reform? JAMA. 2009 May 20; 301(19):2038-40. PMID: 19454643.
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    28. Robinson JC, Casalino LP, Gillies RR, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SS, Fernandes-Taylor S. Financial incentives, quality improvement programs, and the adoption of clinical information technology. Med Care. 2009 Apr; 47(4):411-7. PMID: 19238102.
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    29. Robinson JC, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR, Fernandes-Taylor S, Gillies RR, Casalino LP. Quality-based payment for medical groups and individual physicians. Inquiry. 2009; 46(2):172-81. PMID: 19694390.
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    30. Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Gillies RR, Shortell SM, Lau B. Measuring the medical home infrastructure in large medical groups. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):1246-58. PMID: 18780907.
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    31. Rittenhouse DR, Fryer GE, Phillips RL, Miyoshi T, Nielsen C, Goodman DC, Grumbach K. Impact of Title VII training programs on community health center staffing and national health service corps participation. Ann Fam Med. 2008 Sep-Oct; 6(5):397-405. PMID: 18779543; PMCID: PMC2532762.
    32. Rittenhouse DR, Robinson JC. Improving quality in Medicaid: the use of care management processes for chronic illness and preventive care. Med Care. 2006 Jan; 44(1):47-54. PMID: 16365612.
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    33. Rittenhouse DR, Grumbach K, O'Neil EH, Dower C, Bindman A. Physician organization and care management in California: from cottage to Kaiser. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Nov-Dec; 23(6):51-62. PMID: 15537586.
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    34. Rittenhouse DR, Mertz E, Keane D, Grumbach K. No exit: an evaluation of measures of physician attrition. Health Serv Res. 2004 Oct; 39(5):1571-88. PMID: 15333123; PMCID: PMC1361084.
    35. Hill-Sakurai LE, Schillinger E, Rittenhouse DR, Fahrenbach R, Hudes ES, LeBaron S, Shore WB, Hearst N. Do required preclinical courses with family physicians encourage interest in family medicine? Fam Med. 2003 Sep; 35(8):579-84. PMID: 12947521.
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    36. Rittenhouse DR, Braveman P, Marchi K. Improvements in prenatal insurance coverage and utilization of care in California: an unsung public health victory. Matern Child Health J. 2003 Jun; 7(2):75-86. PMID: 12870623.
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    37. Murray M, Bodenheimer T, Rittenhouse D, Grumbach K. Improving timely access to primary care: case studies of the advanced access model. JAMA. 2003 Feb 26; 289(8):1042-6. PMID: 12597761.
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