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Dunc Williams MHA, PhD

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  • Associate Professor
College
  • College of Health Professions
Department
  • Healthcare Leadership and Management
Academic Focus
  • Healthcare Financial Management (Finance / Accounting)
  • Telehealth
  • Hospital Finances / Mergers
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Biography

EDUCATION

PhD in Health Policy and Management, Financial Management Minor, August, 2019

University of North Carolina (UNC), Department of Health Policy and Management, Chapel Hill, NC

Master in Health Administration, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC, 2010

Master of Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC, 2007

BS, magna cum laude, Accounting, University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia, SC, 2005

 

FACULTY APPOINTMENT

Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions, Department of

Health Care Leadership and Management, July 2018 – present

  • Specializing in health care financial management

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director of Specialty Practices and Hospitalists, Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC, 2012-2014

Business Manager, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery | Manager of Clinic Operations, Surgical Specialties

at Emory Midtown, The Emory Clinic, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA, 2011-2012

Administrative Fellow, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, SC, 2010-2011

Accountant, Water Missions International, Charleston, SC, 2007-2009

ONGOING RESEARCH SUPPORT

U66RH31458                         (Ford D and King K, Co-PIs)                           09/30/2017-09/29/2022

HRSA

Title: Telehealth Center of Excellence

Purpose: The goal of this project is to establish and evaluate Tele-health programs and disseminate methods and processes throughout the United States.

Role: Co-Investigator

Amount funded: 40% Effort;

Total Grant Funded: Year 1 (9/30/2017-9/29/2018): $600,000; Year 2 (9/30/2018-9/29/2019): $2,000,000; Year 3 (9/30/2019-9/29/2020): $2,000,000; Year 4 (9/30/2020-9/29/2021): $3,000,000;

 

1R01HSO28284                     (Simpson K and King K, Co-PIs)                                     01/01/2021- 12/31/2022

AHRQ   

Title: Leveraging Health System Telehealth and Informatics Infrastructure to Create a Continuum of Services for COVID-19 Screening, Testing, and Treatment: A Learning Health System Approach

Purpose: This study employs a rapid cycle, mixed-methods approach to describe, evaluate, and distill evidence of what was ultimately successful in a health system’s telehealth response to COVID-19. We will “probe” for any unintended consequences of changes brought on by the pandemic itself and of changes due to differential effect of our digital intervention on high-risk and underserved populations.

Role: Co-Investigator

Amount funded: 2% Effort; (1/1/21 – 12/31/22)

 

University Research Core                           (Simpson K, PI)                                             11/01/2015-06/30/2022

 

MUSC Provost for Research                

Title: Comparative Effectiveness Data Analytics Research Resource (CEDAR)

The goal is to develop and direct a new university research core that will be the custodian of “Big Data” administrative data sets and provide consultation and analytical support for faculty and students to use these data for research.

Role: Co-Investigator

Amount funded: 5% Effort;

COMPLETED RESEARCH SUPPORT AND OTHER FUNDING

National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Traineeship from the Agency for Healthcare

Research and Quality sponsored by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Grant No. 5T32 HS000032-28, UNC, 2016-2018

Student Travel Award to the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting awarded by the AcademyHealth

Long-Term Services and Support Interest Group, 2016 & 2017 (2 different awards)

Kilpatrick-Johnson Book Award, Peer-selected leadership award, MUSC, 2010

Foster D. McGraw Scholarship, MUSC, 2009

Dean’s Scholarship, MUSC, 2009

Valedictorian Scholarship, USC, 2001-2005

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, a merit-based state-awarded scholarship, 2001-2005

Carolina Alumni Scholarship, USC, 2001-2005

 

SELECTED HONORS

Developing Scholar, MUSC College of Health Professions, 2021

Exceptional Reviewer, The Journal of Rural Health, 2020

Upsilon Phi Delta Society member, MUSC, 2010

Dean’s Honor List, MUSC, 2010

Phi Beta Kappa member, USC

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society member, USC

Golden Key Honor Society member, USC

President’s List, USC, 2002-2004

Dean’s List, USC, 2001-2005

The Governor’s School of South Carolina at the College of Charleston, graduate, 2000

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Medical University of South Carolina

Instructor       Healthcare Financial Management (Doctoral level (DHA): 3 credits, Summer 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021)

Instructor       Healthcare Accounting (Graduate level, Executive format: 3 credits, Summer 2019, Summer 2020, Summer 2021)

Instructor       Healthcare Accounting (Graduate level, Residential format: 3 credits, Fall 2020)

Instructor       Healthcare Financial Management (Doctoral level (PhD): 3 credits, Spring 2021)

University of North Carolina

Teaching Assistant    Hospital Functions and Operations (Graduate level: 2 credits, 2016)

Teaching Assistant    Health Care Finance (Graduate level: 4 credits, 2015)

Teaching Assistant    Health Care Financial Accounting (Graduate level: 2 credits, 2014)

Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Hospital Association

Instructor                   Two-day course on physician practice management operations for a medical practice manager certification course.

Preceptor Leadership as a Healthcare Administrator

Preceptor                   Planning a Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC (USC MHA student, 2013)

Preceptor                   Introduced a new position of patient care coordination activities with colorectal surgery at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA (Emory Healthcare Operations Development Program employee, 2012)

Preceptor                   Created educational videos and introduced patient viewing on iPads into a surgery clinic at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA (Emory MPH student, 2012)

Volunteer

Tutor                          Charleston Book Buddies, Charleston, SC (2009-2010)

Tutor                          The Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center, Durham, NC (2007)

University of South Carolina

Teaching Assistant    The First-Year Experience (Undergraduate level: 3 credits, 2004)

PUBLICATIONS (Peer-Reviewed)

Williams, Dunc, AS Kazley, DL Brinton, “Hospital Meaningful Use Incentive Dollars and HIT-Related Capital Expenditures.” Journal of Health Care Finance. (Forthcoming, 2021)

 

Dooley, M., Simpson, A. N., Nietert, P. J., Williams Jr, D., & Simpson, K. N. “Minimally important difference in cost savings: Is it possible to identify an MID for cost savings? Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology.” Health Serv Outcomes Res Method, 21, 131-144. 2021 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10742-020-00233-5

 

Williams, Dunc, A Simpson, K King, et. al. “Do Hospitals Providing Telehealth in Emergency Departments Have Lower ED Costs?” Telemedicine and e-Health. 2020. http://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2020.0349

 

Williams, Dunc, J Lawrence, YR Hong, A Winn. “Tele-ICUs for COVID-19: A Look at National Prevalence and Characteristics of Hospitals Providing Tele-Intensive Care.” The Journal of Rural Health. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12524

 

Williams, Dunc, G Pink, PH Song, K Reiter, GM Holmes, “Capital Expenditures Increased at Rural Hospitals that Merged between 2012 and 2015.” Journal of Healthcare Management. 65(5):346-364, September-October 2020. https://doi.org/10.1097/JHM-D-19-00219

 

Williams, Dunc, K Reiter, G Pink, GM Holmes, PH Song. “Rural Hospital Mergers Increased Between 2005 and 2016—What Did Those Hospitals Look Like?” Inquiry. 2020 Jan-Dec; 57: https://doi.org/10.1177/0046958020935666

 

Williams, Dunc, GM Holmes, PH Song, K Reiter, G Pink, “For Rural Hospitals That Merged, Inpatient Charges Decreased and Outpatient Charges Increased: A Pre-/Post-Comparison of Rural Hospitals That Merged and Rural Hospitals That Did Not Merge Between 2005 and 2015.” The Journal of Rural Health. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12461

 

Hong YR, Lawrence J, Williams D, Mainous III, A. “Population-Level Interest and US Hospital Telehealth Capacity in Response to COVID-19: Analysis of Google Search Data and National Hospital Survey.” JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2020. Apr-Jun; 6(2): e18961. https://doi.org/10.2196/18961

 

Williams, Jr., Dunc and G Mark Holmes. “Rural Health Care Costs – Are They Higher and Why Might They Differ from Urban Health Care Costs?” North Carolina Medical Journal. 2018. January; 79 (1) 51-55; https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.79.1.51

PUBLICATIONS (Funded Technical Briefs)

Williams, Jr., Dunc, S Thomas, H Howard, and G Pink. “Rural Hospital Mergers from 2005 through 2016” Findings Brief: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 2018. https://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/alerts/249

            As of May 2019, this brief had over 1,400 downloads in less than nine months since publication.   

Williams, J. Dunc, P Song, and G Pink. “Estimated Costs of Rural Freestanding Emergency Departments” Findings Brief: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 2015

As of May 2019, this is one of the most downloaded findings brief from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program’s website with over 2,000 downloads. Link: https://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/projects/100002342

The accompanying findings brief supplement was created through a collaboration: “The Freestanding Emergency Department Financial Assessment Strategic Tool (FED FAST)” North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 2015

As of May 2019, this Microsoft Excel-based decision-making tool had over 900 downloads from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program’s website. Link: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/programs-projects/rural-health/tools/

PUBLICATIONS (Unrefereed)

Williams, J. Dunc, “Which Rural Hospitals Merge and What Happens to Them Afterward?” Dissertation. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2019.

https://search.proquest.com/openview/b4b666185541a51adbe15fe5ab9a4b4b/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y

 

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Traineeship from the Agency for Healthcare

Research and Quality sponsored by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Grant No. 5T32 HS000032-28, UNC, 2016-2018

Supported my dissertation work to identify determinants of merging rural hospitals (Aim 1) and examine merged rural hospital post-merger financial performance (Aims 2&3).

Research Assistant, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC, 2016

Researched the effects of Meaningful Use payments on rural hospitals and predicted financial performance as Meaningful Use payments changed.

Research Assistant, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC, 2015

Co-created a findings brief and Excel tool to help estimate the costs of operating a rural freestanding emergency department for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

 Research Assistant, UNC, 2015

Cleaned data and generated tables using Stata and Excel for two projects: 1) A patient/family

member survey for The Chordoma Foundation, and 2) Hospital executive compensation analysis.

Coded qualitative transcripts with NVivo software for a policy analysis assessing the effects of patient care coordinators on the Ohio Medicaid pediatric portion of the aged, blind, and disabled population, funded by a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant.

Research Assistant, MUSC, 2009-2010

Reviewed manuscripts, created Excel spreadsheets, and assisted with data analysis and economic modeling for AIDS outcomes research.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"Do Hospitals Providing Telehealth in Emergency Departments Have Lower ED Costs?" Poster Presentation at SEARCH Annual Meeting. October 2020. 

 “Rural Hospital Financial Performance Before and After Merger” Podium Presentation. National Rural Health Association’s 43nd Annual Meeting. May 21, 2020.

 “Characteristics Associated with Rural Hospitals that Merged (2005-2016)” Podium Presentation. National Rural Health Association’s 42nd Annual Meeting. May 9, 2019.

“Rural Hospital Mergers: 2005-2016” Invited Presenter. Rural Health Research Gateway. November 1, 2018. Link: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/news_release/george-pink-and-dunc-williams-presentation-on-rural-hospital-mergers-and-acquisitions-from-2005-through-2016/. The most downloaded Rural Health Research Gateway webinar of 2018.

“Leading a Successful Multigenerational Organization” Invited Panelist. The Medical University of South Carolina Alumni and Leadership Conference sponsored by the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, 2011

CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATIONS

“Were Hospital Meaningful Use Incentive Dollars Associated with More HIT-Related Capital Expenditures?” Poster Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. June 2020.

 “Rural Hospital Mergers: Identification, Prevalence, and Post-Merger Effects on the Availability of Services and Capital – 2005-2016” Poster Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Seattle, WA, June 2018.

“Are Rural Hospital Mergers Good for Rural America” Poster Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. New Orleans, LA, June 2017

GUEST LECTURES

Invited lecturer on “Healthcare Financial Management Basics” to Dr. Kathleen Fortier’s Master course “Introduction to Healthcare Management and Leadership,” Summer 2021.

Invited lecturer on “Rural versus Urban Health Care Costs” to Drs. Nancy Winterbauer and Ronny Bell’s Master of Public Health course “Interdisciplinary Rural Health,” Fall 2019.

Invited lecturer on “Rural Hospital Mergers” to Dr. Thomas Mckee’s Doctor of Health Administration course “Healthcare Financial Management,” Summer 2018.

GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEES

PhD Students

Member

Mary Dooley (PhD Committee Member, 2019 - 2021)

Cory Robinson (PhD Committee Member, 2019 - 2020)

Doctor of Health Administration Student

Tamara El-amoor (DHA Committee Chair 2020 - 2021)

Badr Shakwir (DHA Committee Chair 2020 - 2021)

Charles Cheek (DHA Committee Member 2020 - 2021)

Courtney Juarez (DHA Committee Member 2021)

Gregory Neal (DHA Committee Member 2021)

Brian Wiggs “Mitigating the Risk of Financial Distress and Closure in Rural Hospitals: A Multiple Case Study” (DHA Committee Member, 2019- 2020)

Richard Goins: “Geographic Barriers to Care: Are there Variations in Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries who Cross State Borders?” (DHA Committee Member, 2019)

JOURNALS REFEREED

American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2020

BMC Health Services Research. Reviewer, 2019, 2020

HealthAffairs, 2021

JAMA Open Network, 2020

Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2020

Journal of Rural Health, 2020

Journal of Women’s Health, 2020

Medical Care Research & Review, 2021

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

MUSC Faculty Senate, 2020 – present

MUSC Faculty Institutional Advancement Committee, 2021 – present

MUSC Interprofessional Day Facilitator, 2019, 2021

MHA Student Capstone Advisor for Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation, MUSC, 2018-2019

COLLEGE SERVICE

College of Health Professions Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member, MUSC 2019 – 2020

College of Health Professions Scholarship Committee, Member, MUSC 2019 – present

College of Health Professions Faculty Awards Selection Committee, MUSC, 2019

Research Day Poster Reviewer, MUSC, 2018, 2019, 2020

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

DHA Admissions Committee, MUSC, 2019-

MHA Admissions Committee, MUSC, 2018-

MHA Alumni Network Board Member, MUSC, 2020-

DHLM Faculty Search Committee Member, MUSC, 2021-

 

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Session moderator for the Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, 2021

Abstract reviewer for the Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, 2021

Abstract reviewer for the SEARCH Conference, 2020

Audit for the SC HIMSS Annual Financial Report, 2020

Communication & Outreach Subcommittee Chair, AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports

Interest Group, 2016-2017

Abstract reviewer for the AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group Annual Research

Meeting, 2016-2017

The student representative for the advisory committee, AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports

Interest Group, 2015-2017

Oversight Committee member for the South Carolina Hospital Association’s creation of a medical practice

management certification program, 2013

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Board Member, Hibben Preschool, Mount Pleasant, SC, 2019 – (Chair, 2021 - )

Member, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mount Pleasant, SC, 2019 -

Volunteer Soccer Coach, Town of Mount Pleasant, SC, 2020-2021

Staff Parish Relations Committee Member, Christ United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, NC, 2017-2018

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Academy of Management member, 2019-present

AcademyHealth member, 2015-present

American College of Healthcare Executives member, 2008-2014; 2019-present

Healthcare Financial Management Association member, 2017-present

 

Updated 5/14/21