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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jean Michell, Ph.D.
Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University

“Urologists' Use of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy to Treat Prostate Cancer"

Jean M.Mitchell is an economist and Professor in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise are health economics, health services research and applied econometrics.  Dr. Mitchell has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles in leading economics, health services research and medical journals. Her published research includes the following topics: the effects of physician self-referral arrangements on utilization and costs of health services, effects of managed care insurance on access to care for specific medical procedures; effects of managed care on physicians’ practice styles, hours of work, earnings and satisfaction with medicine as a career; physicians’ responses to Medicare fee reductions; effects of physical and mental health on labor supply and earnings; effects of a Medicaid waiver for persons with AIDS on monthly expenditures, use of services and survival; access to medical and dental care along with use of medical and dental services for children with special health care needs enrolled in managed care versus fee-for-service; effects of physician ownership of either specialty hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers on frequency of use (referral rates) for specific inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. Dr. Mitchell has also served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator of several federally funded grants.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lorens Helmschen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University

“Changes in Utilization after Implementation of a Disclosure-and-Resolution Program”

Dr. Helmchen, Associate Professor of Health Administration and Policy, is currently studying mechanisms that improve quality transparency in health care and patients’ incentives to choose effective medical treatment. Dr. Helmchen is a co-investigator on a $3 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that aims to evaluate how the disclosure of medical errors affects patients’ likelihood to sue and receive compensation, and their assessment of the quality of care.  Dr. Helmchen also researches the potential of provider-issued outcome warranties, which would insure policyholders against easily verifiable adverse treatment outcomes, such as remission after cancer therapy or 30-day survival after undergoing heart bypass surgery. In a related project, he is exploring how negative co-payments might improve existing insurance benefits, instead of paying more for more costly treatment; beneficiaries would get paid for choosing less costly treatment. He has published in leading field journals such as Health Economics, Medical Care, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Southern Economic Journal, Quality and Safety in Healthcare, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Melinda Buntin, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Director for Health, Congressional Budget Office

Melinda Buntin is Deputy Assistant Director for Health at CBO, where she is responsible for managing and directing studies of health care and health care financing issues in the Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division. CBO analyzes health issues and policies that affect the federal budget, including Medicare, Medicaid, subsidies for the purchase of private insurance, public health, and private health insurance markets. Dr. Buntin was previously deputy director of RAND Health's Economics, Financing, and Organization Program, director of Public Sector Initiatives for RAND Health, and co-director of the Bing Center for Health Economics. Her research at RAND focused on insurance benefit design, health insurance markets, provider payment, and the care use and needs of the elderly. More recently, she was on detail from RAND to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, where she established and directed the economic analysis, evaluation, and modeling group. She has an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a Ph.D. in Health Policy with a concentration in economics from Harvard. 



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Adriana Lleras-Muney, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics, UCLA.

Adriana Lleras-Muney is a Professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and was an assistant professor of economics in the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University for seven years. Her research examines the relationships between socio-economic status (in particular, education) and health; the effect of disease on income and economic development; and the determinants of fertility. She is also a faculty fellow at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).She is the editor of the Journal of Health Economics.



Thursday, May 16, 2013                           

Edward Norton, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan

Edward C. Norton joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2008 as Professor in both the SPH Department of Health Management and Policy and in the Department of Economics. He is the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan, and a Research Affiliate of the Population Studies Center. In addition to his affiliations with the University of Michigan, Edward is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Health Economics Program.  Before coming to Michigan, he taught at UNC at Chapel Hill and at Harvard Medical School. His research interests in health economics include long-term care and aging, and econometrics. In 2003, UNC at Chapel Hill awarded him the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.