Olga Yakusheva, Ph.D.

Olga Yakusheva

Associate Professor
Director of Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP)
Chair of Faculty
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4343, 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: 734-936-1327
Fax: 734-647-2416
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  • Economics
  • Nurse value
  • Nurse innovation

Dr. Yakusheva is an economist with research interests in health economics and health services research. Yakusheva's area of expertise is econometric methods for causal inference, data architecture, and secondary analyses of big data. The primary focus of Yakusheva’s research is the study the work of nurses. Yakusheva pioneered the development of a new method for outcomes-based clinician performance productivity measurement using the electronic medical records. With this work, Yakusheva was able to measure, for the first time, the value-added contributions of individual nurses to patient outcomes. This work has won her national recognition earning her the Best of AcademyHealth Research Meeting Award in 2014. Yakusheva is currently working to uncover traits and success strategies of highly-effective nurses, including education, experience, and expertise—and most recently practice-informed design-thinking and innovation.

Yakusheva is a team scientist who has contributed methodological expertise to many interdisciplinary projects including hospital readmissions, primary care providers, obesity, pregnancy and birth, and peer effects on health behaviors and outcomes

Yakusheva led the design of the Healthcare Innovation and Impact Program (HiiP) at the School of Nursing and was appointment to the position of the first HiiP Director in September of 2019.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • R21. NIH. 2018-2020. "Financial Impact of Readmission Avoidance under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program." Co-Investigator.
  • R01. NIH. 2016-2020 "The Availability of Chiropractic Care and Use of Health Services for Back Pain." Co-investigator.


Dr. Yakusheva taught courses in health economics, applied microeconomics, and microeconomic theory, at both the undergraduate level and the graduate level. She has mentored graduate students in, both, business and nursing; she has been a member of several graduate thesis committees. Dr. Yakusheva has received several teaching awards and recognitions.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, AcademyHealth, 2008-present
  • Member, American Economics Association, 2005-present
  • Member, American Society of Health Economists, 2007-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Best of AcademyHealth Abstract Nomination, AcademyHealth.
  • Top Scoring Abstract, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, AcademyHealth.
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Research Team of the Year


  • Post-doctoral training, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 2013
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 2005
  • MS, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1997
  • BS, Kazakh State University, Almaty, KZ, 1995

Publication Highlights

  • Yakusheva O, Needleman J, Bettencourt A, and P Buerhaus. “Is it time to peek under the hood of system-level approach to quality and safety?” 2019. Nursing Outlook, in press.

  • Yakusheva O, Costa DK, Bobay KL, Parada JP, and M Weiss. "Variability in catheter-associated asymptomatic bacteriuria rates among individual nurses in intensive care units: an observational cross-sectional study" 2019. PLOS One, in press.

  • Yakusheva O, Weiss ME, Bobay KL, Costa L, Hughes RG, Hamilton M, Bang J, and P Buerhaus. "Individual Nurse Performance in Preparing Patients for Discharge is Associated with the Patient Likelihood of 30-day Readmission" 2019. Medical Care, in press.

  • Weiss ME, Yakusheva O, Bobay KL, Costa L, Hughes RG, Nuccio S, Hamilton M, Bahr S, Siclovan D, Bang J; READI Site Investigators. "Effect of Implementing Discharge Readiness Assessment in Adult Medical-Surgical Units on 30-Day Return to Hospital: The READI Randomized Clinical Trial." 2019. JAMA Open. 2019 Jan 4;2(1):e187387. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.7387.

  • Yakusheva O and G Hoffman. "Does a Reduction in Readmissions Result in Net Savings for Most Hospitals? An Examination of Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program." Medical Care Research and Review, in press (https://doi.org/10.1177/1077558718795745).

  • Yakusheva O, Weiss M. "Nurse Graduates from Higher-Ranking Institutions Have Higher Productivity." BMC Health Serv Res. 2017; 17: 134.

  • Yakusheva O, Kapinos K, Weiss M. "Maternal Weight after Childbirth versus Aging-Related Weight Changes." Wom Health Issues. 2017 Mar - Apr;27(2):174-180.

  • Yakusheva O. "Health Spillovers among Hospital Patients: Evidence from Roommate Assignments." Am J of Health Econ. Winter 2017 p.76-107.

  • Yakusheva O., Costa D.K., and M. Weiss. "Patients negatively impacted by discontinuous nursing care during acute hospitalization" Med Care. 2016 May 31;21(2):2.

  • Yakusheva O. and J.M. Fletcher. "Learning from Teen Childbearing Experiences of Close Friends: Evidence Using Miscarriages as a Natural Experiment." Review of Economics and Statistics, 97(1) March 2015, pp: 29-43.

  • Yakusheva O., Lindrooth R., Weiner J., Spetz J., and M. Pauly. "How Nursing Affects Medicare's Outcome-Based Hospital Payment" Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation INQRI Evidence Brief, November 2015.

  • Yakusheva O., R. Lindrooth and M.E. Weis. "Nurse Value Added and Patient Outcomes in Acute Care." Health Services Research Nov 2014, 49(6):1767-1786.

  • Yakusheva O., Lindrooth R. and M. Weiss. "Economic Evaluation of the 80 Percent Baccalaureate Nurse Workforce Recommendation: A Patient-level Analysis." Medical Care, Oct 2014, 52(10):864-869.

  • Yakusheva O., Kapinos K., and D. Eisenberg. "Estimating Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Peer Influences on Body Weight Using Roommate Assignment as a Natural Experiment." Journal of Human Resources, 49(1), January 2014, pp: 234-261.

  • Yakusheva O., Wholey D., and K. Frick. "What Can We Learn from the Existing Evidence on the Business Case for Nursing Investments: the Importance of Content, Context, and Policy Environment." Medical Care, 51, Apr 2013, pp.S47-S52

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