Appendix CBiographical Sketches of Steering Committee Members

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Dana P. Goldman (Chair) is professor and Norman Topping chair in medicine and public policy and director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. He is also a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to 2009, he was the director of the RAND Center on Health Economics and the RAND Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation, designed to provide better estimates of the impact of health policy changes. His areas of expertise are the economics of chronic disease, health care reform, health care organization, economics, finance, pharmaceutical regulation and innovation, and pharmacy benefit design. His research interests combine applied microeconomics and medical issues with a special interest in the role that medical technology and health insurance play in determining health-related outcomes. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He received the National Institute for Health Care Management Research Foundation award for excellence in health policy and the Alice S. Hersh new investigator award. He has a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Alan M. Garber is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr., professor, professor of medicine, and director of the Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. His research has focused on methods for improving health care delivery and financing, particularly for the elderly, in settings of limited resources; health care expenditure growth; effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis; international comparisons of health care financing and delivery; evaluation of new health care technologies; and improving processes for making medical decisions. He leads the Global Healthcare Productivity Project, which includes collaborators from 19 nations. He is principal investigator of the Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging at Stanford University. He is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Institute of Medicine. He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine. He completed a residency in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Marilyn Moon is vice president and director of the Health Program at the American Institutes for Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. An economist with expertise on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues, and health care financing, she has also served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. She has been an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, and the founding director of the Public Policy Institute of the American Association of Retired Persons. Her work has focused on health care financing and public policy issues, with a particular emphasis on the Medicare cost of health care and its impact on access to care. She has written extensively on health policy, reform issues in Medicare health financing, and other social insurance issues. She has served on a number of boards for nonprofit organizations, the Medicare Rights Center, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Joseph P. Newhouse is John D. MacArthur professor of health policy and management and chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy in the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He is a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Newhouse spent the first 20 years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, a project that from 1971 to 1988 studied the consequences of different ways of financing medical services. From 1981 to 1985 he headed the RAND Economics Department. He has expertise in health care financing, health research policy, health services research, health care quality and outcomes, and general economics and health economics. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Jonathan S. Skinner is the John Sloan Dickey third century chair of economics at Dartmouth College and professor of community and family medicine in the Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a former editor of the Journal of Human Resources. His research has focused on the causes and consequences of regional variation in health care expenditures; the economics of government transfer programs, such as Medicare; technology diffusion in health care, racial disparities in health outcomes and health care; and the importance of out-of-pocket health care expenditures in financial security. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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