Stephen M. Davidson

Professor, Health Care Management and Management Policy

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PhD, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Health Policy and Planning, 1974
MSW, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Community Organization, 1966
BA, Swarthmore College, Political Science, 1961

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Stephen M. Davidson is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Questrom School of Business. From 1985 to 1990, he directed the School’s graduate program in health administration studies. Davidson is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a PhD from the University of Chicago. Prior to arriving at Boston University in 1985, he taught… Read more

Stephen M. Davidson is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Questrom School of Business. From 1985 to 1990, he directed the School’s graduate program in health administration studies. Davidson is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a PhD from the University of Chicago. Prior to arriving at Boston University in 1985, he taught at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. His latest book, Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Health Care System, was published in April 2010 by Stanford University Press. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of five previous books and numerous articles. His books include Medicaid Decisions: A Systematic Analysis of the Cost Problem (1980); The Cost of Living Longer: National Health Insurance and the Elderly (1980) with T. R. Marmor, J. D. Perloff, M. Spear, and N. Aitken; The Physician-Manager Alliance: Building the Healthy Health Care Organization (1996) with M. E. McCollom and J. N. Heineke; and Remaking Medicaid: Managed Care for the Public Good (1998) co-edited with S. A. Somers.

Davidson’s research has explored key issues in the health sector for many years. He began with assessments of Medicaid policies, pointing out, among other things, the inverse relationship between eligibility and provider payment rates. He conducted a 13-state study of physician participation in Medicaid, which identified key reasons (in addition to low payment rates) that discouraged physicians from treating Medicaid patients. In the early 1980s, he led a demonstration designed to cut through the heated rhetoric surrounding the managed care initiatives. In Suffolk County, New York, participating physicians were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups to test the effects of prepayment on utilization, expenditures, and physician and patient satisfaction. Other projects included studies of managed care, physician-manager relationships, community health centers, an innovative demonstration of subsidized health insurance, quality of care, and information technology in health care.

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  • LETTERS: Tom Price, Health Dept. Nominee

    December 6, 2016

    New York Times By Stephen Davidson, Questrom School of Business “To the Editor: Re “Fierce Critic of Health Care Law Said to Be Pick for Health Dept.” (front page, Nov. 29): Representative Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, is expected to be nominated as secretary of health and human services…” View full letter to […]

  • LETTERS: The Health Law, in the Real World

    February 16, 2015

    New York Times (subscription required) By Stephen Davidson, School of Management Although the political stalemate in Washington makes it highly unlikely that the health law will be improved any time soon, it is worth trying to understand the full picture in the hope that one day it will become possible to perfect it… View full […]

  • Experts Media Alert: SCOTUS to hear challenge to Affordable Care Act

    November 10, 2014

    The Supreme Court will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal. The following Boston University professor are available for comment and analysis: Abigail Moncrieff is […]

  • Community Health Centers Struggle under Influx of Underinsured

    October 15, 2014

    Nonprofit Quarterly Stephen Davidson, School of Management Millions of newly insured individuals are having an unintended consequence on community health centers (CHCs)… Expert quote: “Many people do not understand the cost-sharing element of their policy and are surprised the first time they go for services and find they are not covered because the deductible has […]

  • LETTERS: The Court’s Ruling on Contraception

    July 2, 2014

    New York Times (subscription required) By Stephen Davidson, School of Management The Supreme Court’s decision that family-owned corporations do not need to pay for insurance that covers contraception is outrageous… View article by expert Stephen Davidson

  • LETTERS: Limits of Health Networks

    May 23, 2014

    New York Times By Stephen Davidson, School of Management In theory, there is nothing wrong with insurance that limits subscribers’ access to specific “networks” of providers. The Boston area is fortunate to have several high-quality provider networks… View full article by expert Stephen Davidson

  • LETTERS: Health Care in America

    January 5, 2014

    New York Times By Stephen Davidson, School of Management Michael Moore called Obamacare both ‘awful’ and a ‘godsend.’… Expert quote: “Michael Moore has never minced words. He doesn’t like Obamacare because he knows how much better it could be.” View full article 

  • Assessing the Affordable Care Act: Don’t Forget the Context!

    October 30, 2013

    Huffington Post By Stephen Davidson, School of Management Among the most dysfunctional characteristics of the current political era is the hyperbole that attaches to even minor issues and the inability to acknowledge the importance of context in assessing the importance of events… View full article

  • Obamacare: The Rest of the Story

    October 15, 2013

    New York Times Stephen Davidson, School of Management Unless you’ve been bamboozled by the frantic fictions of the right wing, you know that the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as Obamacare, has begun to accomplish its first goal:.. View full article

  • POV: Opposition to Obamacare Is Maddening

    October 4, 2013

    BU Today By Stephen Davidson, School of Management Predictably, this week’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) received attention high in volume and intensity… View full article

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