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    Paul Ginsburg

    TitleNorman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy, and Professor of Practice of Health Policy and Management
    SchoolSol Price School of Public Policy
    DepartmentPublic Policy
    Address2744 N Quebec Street
    University Park Campus
    Arlington Virginia 22207
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      Paul Ginsburg is Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Continuing to be based in the Washington, DC area, he teaches graduate health administration courses and conducts health policy research. From 1995 through the end of 2013 he was President of the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). Founded with core support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 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. It enjoys particular respect for its knowledge of developments in communities and health care markets.

      Prior to his founding HSC, 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 the Congress in 1989. Ginsburg was a Senior Economist at RAND and served as Deputy Assistant Director at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Before that, he served on the faculties of Duke and Michigan State Universities. He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

      Ginsburg is a noted speaker and consultant on the changes in the financing and delivery of health care, particularly on the evolution of health care markets. In addition to presentations on the overall direction of change, recent topics have included cost trends and drivers, consumer driven health care, provider payment reform, future of employer-based health insurance and competition in health care. As a consultant to the Bipartisan Policy Center, he has contributed to reports on reducing federal spending on health care (2010) and on a strategy to contain health care costs (2013). He has been named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Persons in Health Care” eight times. He received the first annual HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth. He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a Public Trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, served two elected terms on the Board of AcademyHealth, served on CBO’s Panel of Health Advisors and serves on Health Affairs’ editorial board.


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      1. Ederhof M, Ginsburg P. Improving Hospital Incentives with Better Cost Data. N Engl J Med. 2017 Mar 16; 376(11):1010-1011. PMID: 28296605.
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      2. Ginsburg P. Consumer-Oriented Approaches to Cost Containment. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Sep 1; 176(9):1359-60. PMID: 27454284.
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      3. Ginsburg P, Rivlin AM. Challenges for Medicare at 50. N Engl J Med. 2015 Nov 19; 373(21):1993-5. PMID: 26422645.
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      4. Ginsburg P. Accountable care organizations 2.0: linking beneficiaries. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jun 1; 174(6):945-6. PMID: 24756410.
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      5. Ginsburg P, Pawlson LG. Seeking lower prices where providers are consolidated: an examination of market and policy strategies. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Jun 1; 33(6):1067-75. PMID: 24841883.
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      6. Ginsburg P. Using science to shape Medicare physician payment. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Oct 14; 173(18):1737-8. PMID: 23939013.
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      7. Ginsburg P. Achieving health care cost containment through provider payment reform that engages patients and providers. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 May; 32(5):929-34. PMID: 23650327.
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      8. Ginsburg P. Bending the health care cost curve. N Engl J Med. 2012 Dec 20; 367(25):2454-5. PMID: 23252543.
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      9. Ginsburg P. Fee-for-service will remain a feature of major payment reforms, requiring more changes in Medicare physician payment. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Sep; 31(9):1977-83. PMID: 22949446.
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      10. Yee T, Christianson JB, Ginsburg P. Small employers and self-insured health benefits: too small to succeed? Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2012 Jul; (138):1-4. PMID: 22812029.
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      11. Berenson RA, Ginsburg P, Christianson JB, Yee T. The growing power of some providers to win steep payment increases from insurers suggests policy remedies may be needed. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 May; 31(5):973-81. PMID: 22566436.
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      12. White C, Ginsburg P. Slower growth in Medicare spending--is this the new normal? N Engl J Med. 2012 Mar 22; 366(12):1073-5. PMID: 22397631.
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      13. Ginsburg P, White C. Health care's role in deficit reduction--guiding principles. N Engl J Med. 2011 Oct 27; 365(17):1559-61. PMID: 22029975.
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      14. Ginsburg P. Reforming provider payment--the price side of the equation. N Engl J Med. 2011 Oct 6; 365(14):1268-70. PMID: 21991947.
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      15. Felland LE, Ginsburg P, Kishbauch GM. Improving health care access for low-income people: lessons from ascension health's community collaboratives. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Jul; 30(7):1290-8. PMID: 21734203.
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      16. Ginsburg P. Spending to save--ACOs and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jun 2; 364(22):2085-6. PMID: 21612463.
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      17. Ginsburg P. Rapidly evolving physician-payment policy--more than the SGR. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jan 13; 364(2):172-6. PMID: 21142529.
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      18. Cunningham PJ, Felland LE, Ginsburg P, Pham HH. Qualitative methods: a crucial tool for understanding changes in health systems and health care delivery. Med Care Res Rev. 2011 Feb; 68(1):34-40. PMID: 21075752.
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      19. Ginsburg P. Wide variation in hospital and physician payment rates evidence of provider market power. Res Brief. 2010 Nov; (16):1-11. PMID: 21117341.
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      20. Berenson RA, Ginsburg P, Kemper N. Unchecked provider clout in California foreshadows challenges to health reform. Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Apr; 29(4):699-705. PMID: 20185503.
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      21. Ginsburg P. Getting to the real issues in health care reform. N Engl J Med. 2009 Nov 26; 361(22):2107-9. PMID: 19907036.
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      22. November EA, Cohen GR, Ginsburg P, Quinn BC. Individual insurance: health insurers try to tap potential market growth. Res Brief. 2009 Nov; (14):1-8. PMID: 19899193.
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      23. Aaron HJ, Ginsburg P. Is health spending excessive? If so, what can we do about it? Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1260-75. PMID: 19738241.
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      24. Pham HH, Ginsburg P, Verdier JM. Medicare governance and provider payment policy. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1382-94. PMID: 19738256.
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      25. Robinson JC, Ginsburg P. Consumer-driven health care: promise and performance. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):w272-81. PMID: 19174389.
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      26. Christianson JB, Ginsburg P, Draper DA. The transition from managed care to consumerism: a community-level status report. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):1362-70. PMID: 18780926.
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      27. Ginsburg P. Employment-based health benefits under universal coverage. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):675-85. PMID: 18474955.
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      28. Ginsburg P. Paying hospitals on the basis of nursing intensity: policy and political considerations. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2008 May; 9(2):118-20. PMID: 18650416.
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      29. Ginsburg P. Don't break out the champagne: continued slowing of health care spending growth unlikely to last. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Jan-Feb; 27(1):30-2. PMID: 18180477.
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      30. Pham HH, Ginsburg P. Unhealthy trends: the future of physician services. Health Aff (Millwood). 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1586-98. PMID: 17978379.
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      31. Pham HH, Ginsburg P, McKenzie K, Milstein A. Redesigning care delivery in response to a high-performance network: the Virginia Mason Medical Center. Health Aff (Millwood). 2007 Jul-Aug; 26(4):w532-44. PMID: 17623687.
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      32. O'Malley AS, Pham HH, Ginsburg P. Coverage expansion needs cost containment - but States cannot do it alone. J Ambul Care Manage. 2007 Jul-Sep; 30(3):202. PMID: 17581429.
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      33. Ginsburg P, Pham HH, McKenzie K, Milstein A. Distorted payment system undermines business case for health quality and efficiency gains. Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2007 Jul; (112):1-4. PMID: 17649612.
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      34. Ginsburg P. Financing change. Hospital relationships with physicians. Hosp Health Netw. 2007 May; 81(5):suppl 10. PMID: 17569455.
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      35. Ginsburg P, Berenson RA. Revising Medicare's physician fee schedule--much activity, little change. N Engl J Med. 2007 Mar 22; 356(12):1201-3. PMID: 17377156.
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      36. Ginsburg P. Shopping for price in medical care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):w208-16. PMID: 17284467.
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      37. Berenson RA, Ginsburg P, May JH. Hospital-physicians relations: cooperation, competition, or separation? Health Aff (Millwood). 2007 Jan-Feb; 26(1):w31-43. PMID: 17148489.
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      38. Ginsburg P. Recalibrating Medicare payments for inpatient care. N Engl J Med. 2006 Nov 16; 355(20):2061-4. PMID: 17108339.
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      39. Ginsburg P, Strunk BC, Banker MI, Cookson JP. Tracking health care costs: continued stability but at high rates in 2005. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Nov-Dec; 25(6):w486-95. PMID: 17018565.
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      40. Lesser CS, Ginsburg P. Strategies to enhance price and quality competition in health care: lessons learned from tracking local markets. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2006 Jun; 31(3):557-67. PMID: 16785297.
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      41. Reschovsky JD, Strunk BC, Ginsburg P. Why employer-sponsored insurance coverage changed, 1997-2003. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 May-Jun; 25(3):774-82. PMID: 16684743.
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      42. Strunk BC, Ginsburg P, Banker MI. The effect of population aging on future hospital demand. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 May-Jun; 25(3):w141-9. PMID: 16569646.
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      43. Cunningham P, Staiti A, Ginsburg P. Physician acceptance of new Medicare patients stabilizes in 2004-05. Track Rep. 2006 Jan; (12):1-4. PMID: 16400754.
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      44. Ginsburg P. Competition in health care: its evolution over the past decade. Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Nov-Dec; 24(6):1512-22. PMID: 16284023.
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      45. Lesser CS, Ginsburg P, Felland LE. Initial findings from HSC's 2005 site visits: stage set for growing health care cost and access problems. Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2005 Aug; (97):1-4. PMID: 16118916.
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      46. Ginsburg P, Grossman JM. When the price isn't right: how inadvertent payment incentives drive medical care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Jul-Dec; Suppl Web Exclusives:W5-376-84. PMID: 16091408.
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      47. Strunk BC, Ginsburg P, Cookson JP. Tracking health care costs: declining growth trend pauses in 2004. Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Jan-Jun; Suppl Web Exclusives:W5-286-W5-295. PMID: 16006407.
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      48. Grossman JM, Ginsburg P. As the health insurance underwriting cycle turns: what next? Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Nov-Dec; 23(6):91-102. PMID: 15584102.
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      49. Ginsburg P. Controlling health care costs. N Engl J Med. 2004 Oct 14; 351(16):1591-3. PMID: 15483273.
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      50. Nichols LM, Ginsburg P, Berenson RA, Christianson J, Hurley RE. Are market forces strong enough to deliver efficient health care systems? Confidence is waning. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Mar-Apr; 23(2):8-21. PMID: 15046126.
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      51. Ginsburg P. Tax-free but of little account. Without changes, health savings plans unlikely to achieve lofty goals. Mod Healthc. 2004 Feb 16; 34(7):21. PMID: 15015472.
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      52. Strunk BC, Ginsburg P. Tracking health care costs: trends turn downward in 2003. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Jan-Jun; Suppl Web Exclusives:W4-354-62. PMID: 15451957.
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      53. Ginsburg P. Hospital spending. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Jan-Feb; 23(1):273; author reply 274. PMID: 15002651.
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      54. Ginsburg P. Can hospitals and physicians shift the effects of cuts in Medicare reimbursement to private payers? Health Aff (Millwood). 2003 Jul-Dec; Suppl Web Exclusives:W3-472-9. PMID: 15506151.
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      55. Devers KJ, Brewster LR, Ginsburg P. Specialty hospitals: focused factories or cream skimmers? Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2003 Apr; (62):1-4. PMID: 12705277.
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      56. Altman SH, Ginsburg P, Reinhardt UE, Weissert WG. Political insight: contemplating Medicare reform. Interview by Eric C. Reese. Healthc Financ Manage. 2003 Mar; 57(3):80-6. PMID: 12747057.
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      57. Lesser CS, Ginsburg P, Devers KJ. The end of an era: what became of the "managed care revolution" in 2001? Health Serv Res. 2003 Feb; 38(1 Pt 2):337-55. PMID: 12650370.
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      58. Strunk BC, Ginsburg P. Tracking health care costs: trends stabilize but remain high in 2002. Health Aff (Millwood). 2003 Jan-Jun; Suppl Web Exclusives:W3-266-74. PMID: 14527260.
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      59. Trude S, Ginsburg P. Growing physician access problems complicate Medicare payment debate. Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2002 Sep; (55):1-4. PMID: 12229929.
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      60. Strunk BC, Ginsburg P, Gabel JR. Tracking health care costs: growth accelerates again in 2001. Health Aff (Millwood). 2002 Jul-Dec; Suppl Web Exclusives:W299-310. PMID: 12703586.
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      61. Howell EM, Richardson D, Ginsburg P, Foot B. Deregionalization of neonatal intensive care in urban areas. Am J Public Health. 2002 Jan; 92(1):119-24. PMID: 11772774.
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      62. Strunk BC, Ginsburg P, Gabel JR. Tracking health care costs. Health Aff (Millwood). 2001; Suppl Web Exclusives:W39-50. PMID: 11911324.
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