Health Economics Program
Increasingly, health care decisions must reflect concerns about the costs of treatment. Policy-makers face trade-offs in promoting the highest quality care and addressing disparities in access and utilization. SPH’s program in Health Economics, established in 1999, conducts cutting-edge research and education programs that explore the consequences of how health care is organized and funded, both nationally and internationally.
Current research focuses on the effects of value based purchasing programs, the adequacy of the health care workforce, the effects of HMO regulation, current Medicare and Medicaid policy, cost-effectiveness analysis, the role of specialty hospitals in the US health care system, the design of payment systems, and the changing demand for health care services. In these and other efforts, the program draws on the expertise of senior health economists in the School’s Department of Health Policy & Management and at affiliated VA research centers.
Funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Value Based Purchasing is supporting work on Medicare program proposals for both Hospital and Physician Value Based Purchasing programs. A series of funded proposals from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has supported work understanding the quality, cost and efficiency of specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other recent incentive driven innovations in health care delivery as well.
The director of SPH’s Program in Health Economics, James F. Burgess, PhD, is well known as a leader in the field. A cofounding editor of Health Economics Letters, the first fully electronic, peer-reviewed journal in the field, he also sits on the editorial board of its parent publication, Health Economics. Burgess has served as an international advisor to the government of Australia, in the effort to develop an economic and behavioral model of that country’s health care system. As an advisor to the government of the Netherlands, he has helped develop a prototype for a competitive hospital sector. In addition, he leads the work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Value Based Purchasing.
Most excitingly in 2009, the Health Economics Program at SPH will be hosting the 20th-anniversary meeting of the Annual Health Economics Conference (AHEC) on October 23 and 24. This year, the conference themes are in the economics of value, quality, and cost, and industrial organization. Our special invited keynote speaker is David Hyman on the latter topic. Please check back in this space for further updates on conference activities at this prestigious invitation-only conference as they become available:
2009 20th-Annual Health Economics Conference (AHEC)
The purpose of this invitational conference is to facilitate the exposure to and discussion of cutting-edge research in health economics. We are devoting a part of the conference to two theme areas in value/quality/cost and industrial organization.
Hosted by: Health Economics Program, Department of Health Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
Co-Sponsors include: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Industry Studies Program, Department of Economics, Boston University, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Papers Currently Available for Review for the Conference Include:
Authors: Leemore Dafny, Mark Duggan, and Subbu Ramanarayanan
Authors: David Bardey, Helmuth Cremer and Jean-Marie Lozachmeur
Authors: Anirban Basu and Tomas Philipson
Author: Jose Fernandez
Authors: Anna Sinaiko and Richard Hirth
Author: Lauren Hirsch Nicholas
Author: Andrew Sfekas
Authors: Woolton Lee and Dennis Scanlon
Authors: Steve Parente and Bob Town
Authors: Jonathan Ketcham, Pierre Leger and Claudio Lucarelli
Authors: Claudio Lucarelli, Sean Nicholson, and Minjae Song