Paul B. Ginsburg, PhD
Dr. Ginsburg has been a public member of the Academy's Board of Trustees since 2003. He is Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He teaches in the Masters of Health Administration program and conducts research at the Schaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy. Until the end of 2013, he was founding president of the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), which was subsequently merged into Mathematica Policy Research. Founded in 1995, HSC conducted research to inform policymakers and other audiences about changes in organization, financing and delivery of care and their effects on people. HSC was widely known for the objectivity and technical quality of its research and its success in communicating it to policy makers, industry and the media as well as to the research community. Dr. Ginsburg served as the founding executive director of the Physician Payment Review Commission (now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). Widely regarded as highly influential, the commission developed the Medicare physician payment reform proposal that was enacted by Congress in 1989. Dr. Ginsburg was a senior economist at RAND and served as deputy assistant director at the Congressional Budget Office. Before that, he served on the faculties of Duke and Michigan State Universities. He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.
Dr. Ginsburg is a noted speaker and consultant on the changes taking place in the health care system and the future outlook. In addition to presentations on the overall direction of change, recent topics have included health care reform, cost trends and drivers, consumer-driven health care, provider payment, the future of employer-based health insurance and competition in health care. Dr. Ginsburg has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 most influential persons in health care eight times. He received the first annual HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth, the professional association for health policy researchers and analysts. He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, served two elected terms on the board of AcademyHealth, serves on the advisory board of the National Institute for Health Care Management and on the editorial board of the policy journal Health Affairs.
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