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Michael J. McCue, D.B.A.

R. Timothy Stack Professor

Interim Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation

Phone: (804) 828-1893

Email: mccue@vcu.edu


University of Kentucky
D.B.A., Finance

University of Minnesota
M.B.A., Finance

University of Louisville
B.S., Accounting


Michael J. McCue, D.B.A., is the R. Timothy Stack Professor of Health Administration. His academic focus is on a range of health care finance topics, specifically the cash flow performance and capital financing of hospitals to the financial and operational performance of health insurers in both commercial and Medicaid markets. He is currently a co-principal investigator on a Commonwealth Fund grant that assesses financial performance of health insurers offering health plans on ACA individual and group exchanges. 


  1. Understanding how health insurers estimate and develop their premium rates on the ACA exchange. 
  2. Assessing health insurers’ performance financially within the individual and group exchanges 
  3. Comparing the performance of national, publicly traded health insurers relative to regional health insurers owned by healthcare systems 


McCue MJ, Hall M, Palazzolo, J  “Key Drivers of Financial Performance of Insurers in the ACA Market Exchange” Health Services Management Research, forthcoming 2020.

McCue MJ. “Early Experience of Financial Performance and Solvency of Medicaid-Focused Insurers Under ACA Expansion.” Medical Care Research and Review, 2017,  74(6).

McCue MJ, “The Financial Performance of PSOs During the First Year  of the ACA Mandated Coverage,” Journal of Health Care Finance, 2017, 43(4).

Hall, MA, McCue MJ, JPalazzolo,  J. “Financial Performance of Health Insurers State-Run Versus Federal-Run Exchanges,” Medical Care Research and Review, 2017. 

McCue MJ, Palazzolo JR. “Analysis of Actual Versus Projected Medical Claims Under the First Year of ACA-Mandated Coverage,” INQUIRY, 2016, 53(11).

McCue, MJ and M Hall, “Health Insurers’ Financial Performance and Quality Improvement Expenditures in the Affordable Care Act’s Second Year,” Medical Care Research and Review2015, 72(1) 113–122.

McCue, MJ, “The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Medicaid Focused Insurers in California,” INQUIRY January-December 2015 52 published on July 29, 2015.

McCue, MJ, “Assessing the Financial Condition of Provider-Sponsored Health Plans,” Managed Care Journal, June 2015.

McCue, MJ, J Thompson and T Kim “Hospital Acquisitions Before Healthcare Reform,” Journal of Healthcare Management, May/June 2015 60:3 186-204.