Glenn A. Melnick, PhD

Title(s)Blue Cross of California Chair in Healthcare Finance, and Professor of Public Policy
SchoolUSC Sol Price School of Public Policy
AddressVPD 210F
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-7273
Phone+1 213 740 6526
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    Glenn Melnick, Ph.D., is a world-renowned expert in health economics and finance. Professor Melnick joined the School of Public Administration faculty in 1996. Previously, he served as a faculty member of the UCLA School of Public Health, a consultant at RAND, and an expert witness to the Federal Trade Commission. He has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Medical Care, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Health Policy Reform: Competition and Controls, and Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. He has been principal investigator for a number of funded projects in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in Taiwan.

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    NIH R01HS010256Sep 30, 2000 - Aug 31, 2005
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH R03HS009523Jun 1, 1997 - May 31, 2000
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH R01HS009211Sep 30, 1995 - Sep 29, 1999
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH R01HS006490Sep 1, 1990 - Aug 31, 1993
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Trauma Center Hospitals Charged Higher Prices For Some Nontrauma Care Than Non-Trauma Center Hospitals, 2012-18. Health Aff (Millwood). 2024 Mar; 43(3):416-423. Kessler DP, Sweeney R, Melnick GA. PMID: 38437608.
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    2. Editorial: Health systems performance: market structure, consolidation, and health care prices. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1344939. Melnick G. PMID: 38169706; PMCID: PMC10758441.
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    3. COVID-19 driven decline in emergency visits: Has it continued, is it permanent, and what does it mean for emergency physicians? Am J Emerg Med. 2022 11; 61:64-67. Melnick G, O'Leary JF, Zaniello BA, Abrishamian L. PMID: 36057210; PMCID: PMC9387065.
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    4. An empirical analysis of hospital ED pricing power. Am J Manag Care. 2020 03; 26(3):105-110. Melnick G, Fonkych K. PMID: 32181625.
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    5. Emergency departments: The economic engine of hospitals - Evidence from California. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 12; 38(12):2511-2515. Melnick G, Fonkych K, Abrishamian L. PMID: 31862191.
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    6. The California Competitive Model: How Has It Fared, And What's Next? Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 09; 37(9):1417-1424. Melnick GA, Fonkych K, Zwanziger J. PMID: 30179549.
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    7. Hospital Prices Increase in California, Especially Among Hospitals in the Largest Multi-hospital Systems. Inquiry. 2016; 53. Melnick GA, Fonkych K. PMID: 27284126; PMCID: PMC5798729.
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    8. House Calls: California Program For Homebound Patients Reduces Monthly Spending, Delivers Meaningful Care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Jan; 35(1):28-35. Melnick GA, Green L, Rich J. PMID: 26733698.
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    9. Funding, coverage, and access under Thailand's universal health insurance program: an update after ten years. Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2015 Apr; 13(2):157-66. Damrongplasit K, Melnick G. PMID: 25566748.
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    10. Decomposition of the drivers of the U.S. hospital spending growth, 2001-2009. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 May 21; 14:230. Wu VY, Shen YC, Yun MS, Melnick G. PMID: 24886580; PMCID: PMC4037553.
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    11. Fair pricing law prompts most California hospitals to adopt policies to protect uninsured patients from high charges. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Jun; 32(6):1101-8. Melnick G, Fonkych K. PMID: 23733985.
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    12. The increased concentration of health plan markets can benefit consumers through lower hospital prices. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Sep; 30(9):1728-33. Melnick GA, Shen YC, Wu VY. PMID: 21900664.
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    13. Expanding health insurance to increase health care utilization: will it have different effects in rural vs. urban areas? Health Policy. 2011 May; 100(2-3):273-81. Erlyana E, Damrongplasit KK, Melnick G. PMID: 21168932.
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    14. Disproportionate share hospital subsidies for treating the uninsured. Med Care. 2010 Sep; 48(9):809-14. Fonkych K, Melnick G. PMID: 20706170.
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    15. Trends in hospital cost and revenue, 1994-2005: how are they related to HMO penetration, concentration, and for-profit ownership? Health Serv Res. 2010 Feb; 45(1):42-61. Shen YC, Wu VY, Melnick G. PMID: 19840134; PMCID: PMC2813436.
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    16. Early results from Thailand's 30 Baht Health Reform: something to smile about. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):w457-66. Damrongplasit K, Melnick GA. PMID: 19336469.
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    17. Medicare HMO impact on utilization at the end of life. Am J Manag Care. 2008 Aug; 14(8):505-12. Fonkych K, O'Leary JF, Melnick GA, Keeler EB. PMID: 18690766.
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    18. Have HMOs broadened their hospital networks?: Changes in HMO hospital networks in California, 1999-2003. Med Care. 2008 Mar; 46(3):339-42. Melnick GA, Ketcham JD. PMID: 18388850.
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    19. Hospital pricing and the uninsured: do the uninsured pay higher prices? Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Mar-Apr; 27(2):w116-22. Melnick GA, Fonkych K. PMID: 18252736.
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    20. Disabled Medicare beneficiaries by dual eligible status: California, 1996-2001. Health Care Financ Rev. 2007; 28(4):57-67. O'Leary JE, Sloss EM, Melnick G. PMID: 17722751; PMCID: PMC4194998.
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    21. The effects of multi-hospital systems on hospital prices. J Health Econ. 2007 Mar 01; 26(2):400-13. Melnick G, Keeler E. PMID: 17084928.
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    22. The effect of medicare health maintenance organizations on hospitalization rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. Med Care. 2006 Oct; 44(10):900-7. Zeng F, O'Leary JF, Sloss EM, Lopez MS, Dhanani N, Melnick G. PMID: 17001260.
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    23. Marginal cost of emergency department outpatient visits: an update using California data. Med Care. 2006 Sep; 44(9):835-41. Bamezai A, Melnick G. PMID: 16932135.
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    24. The cost of an emergency department visit and its relationship to emergency department volume. Ann Emerg Med. 2005 May; 45(5):483-90. Bamezai A, Melnick G, Nawathe A. PMID: 15855942.
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    25. The effects of case mix on hospital costs and revenues in managed care environments. J Health Hum Serv Adm. 2005; 28(1):96-134. Lee KH, Melnick GA, Myrtle RC. PMID: 16521617.
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    26. Inpatient utilization by dual Medicare-Medicaid eligibles in Medicare risk HMOs and fee for service, California, 1991-1996. Manag Care Interface. 2004 Dec; 17(12):30-4, 41. Sloss EM, Dhanani N, O'Leary JF, Lopez MS, Melnick G. PMID: 15656377.
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    27. The effect of HMOs on the inpatient utilization of medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res. 2004 Oct; 39(5):1607-27. Dhanani N, O'Leary JF, Keeler E, Bamezai A, Melnick G. PMID: 15333125; PMCID: PMC1361086.
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    28. Improving the health of Californians: effective public-private strategies for challenging times. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 May-Jun; 23(3):257-61. Ferris JM, Melnick GA. PMID: 15160824.
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    29. Hospital emergency departments: the authors respond. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Jan-Jun; Suppl Web Exclusives:W4-155-6. Melnick GA, Nawathe AC, Bamezai A, Green L. PMID: 15451985.
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    30. Emergency department capacity and access in California, 1990-2001: an economic analysis. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Jan-Jun; Suppl Web Exclusives:W4-136-42. Melnick GA, Nawathe AC, Bamezai A, Green L. PMID: 15451990.
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    31. The effects of HMO ownership on hospital costs and revenues: is there a difference between for-profit and nonprofit plans? Inquiry. 2004; 41(3):255-67. Shen YC, Melnick G. PMID: 15669744.
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    32. Hospital selective contracting without consumer choice: what can we learn from Medi-Cal? J Policy Anal Manage. 2003; 22(1):65-84. Bamezai A, Melnick GA, Mann JM, Zwanziger J. PMID: 12722762.
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    33. The effect of selective contracting on hospital costs and revenues. Health Serv Res. 2000 Oct; 35(4):849-67. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA, Bamezai A. PMID: 11055452; PMCID: PMC1089156.
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    34. Can cost shifting continue in a price competitive environment? Health Econ. 2000 Apr; 9(3):211-26. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA, Bamezai A. PMID: 10790700.
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    35. Market power and hospital pricing: are nonprofits different? Health Aff (Millwood). 1999 May-Jun; 18(3):167-73. Melnick G, Keeler E, Zwanziger J. PMID: 10388213.
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    36. Price competition and hospital cost growth in the United States (1989-1994). Health Econ. 1999 May; 8(3):233-43. Bamezai A, Zwanziger J, Melnick GA, Mann JM. PMID: 10348418.
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    37. The changing effects of competition on non-profit and for-profit hospital pricing behavior. J Health Econ. 1999 Jan; 18(1):69-86. Keeler EB, Melnick G, Zwanziger J. PMID: 10338820.
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    38. A profile of uncompensated hospital care, 1983-1995. Health Aff (Millwood). 1997 Jul-Aug; 16(4):223-32. Mann JM, Melnick GA, Bamezai A, Zwanziger J. PMID: 9248168.
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    39. Differentiation and specialization in the California hospital industry 1983 to 1988. Med Care. 1996 Apr; 34(4):361-72. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA, Simonson L. PMID: 8606560.
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    40. Can managed care plans control health care costs? Health Aff (Millwood). 1996; 15(2):185-99. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA. PMID: 8690375.
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    41. State health care expenditures under competition and regulation, 1980 through 1991. Am J Public Health. 1995 Oct; 85(10):1391-6. Melnick GA, Zwanziger J. PMID: 7573623; PMCID: PMC1615609.
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    42. Managing the safety net: hospital provision of uncompensated care in response to managed care. Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res. 1995; 15:49-77. Mann J, Melnick G, Bamezai A, Zwanziger J. PMID: 10163099.
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    43. Uncompensated care: hospitals' responses to fiscal pressures. Health Aff (Millwood). 1995; 14(1):263-70. Mann J, Melnick G, Bamezai A, Zwanziger J. PMID: 7657212.
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    44. How hospitals practice cost containment with selective contracting and the Medicare Prospective Payment System. Med Care. 1994 Nov; 32(11):1153-62. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA, Mann J, Simonson L. PMID: 7967855.
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    45. Costs and price competition in California hospitals, 1980-1990. Health Aff (Millwood). 1994; 13(4):118-26. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA, Bamezai A. PMID: 7988988.
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    46. Hospitals and antitrust: defining markets, setting standards. J Health Polit Policy Law. 1994; 19(2):423-47. Zwanziger J, Melnick G, Eyre KM. PMID: 8077637.
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    47. The effects of market structure and bargaining position on hospital prices. J Health Econ. 1992 Oct; 11(3):217-33. Melnick GA, Zwanziger J, Bamezai A, Pattison R. PMID: 10122537.
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    48. State of the state's health care. Calif Hosp. 1992 Jan-Feb; 6(1):10-9. Coye MJ, Powers P, Kerr CE, Noce WW, Werdegar D, Corlin RF, Melnick G. PMID: 10116457.
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    49. Selective contracting revisited: California's legacy. J Ambul Care Manage. 1991 Jul; 14(3):14-27. Mann JM, Melnick GA. PMID: 10111616.
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    50. Measures of hospital market structure: a review of the alternatives and a proposed approach. Socioecon Plann Sci. 1990; 24(2):81-95. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA, Mann JM. PMID: 10108912.
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    51. The evolving role of the medical director. Physician Exec. 1989 May-Jun; 15(3):18-21. Roberts NK, Melnick GA. PMID: 10316391.
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    52. Uncompensated emergency care in hospital markets in Los Angeles County. Am J Public Health. 1989 Apr; 79(4):514-6. Melnick GA, Mann J, Golan I. PMID: 2929819; PMCID: PMC1349992.
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    53. Competition lowers cost at California hospitals. Interview by Alden Solovy. Hospitals. 1989 Jan 05; 63(1):56-8. Melnick G, Zwanziger J. PMID: 2909475.
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    54. Prospective payments to hospitals: should emergency admissions have higher rates? Health Care Financ Rev. 1989; 10(3):29-39. Melnick GA, Serrato CA, Mann JM. PMID: 10313095; PMCID: PMC4192952.
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    55. Are Medicaid patients more expensive? A review and analysis. Med Care Rev. 1989; 46(3):229-53. Melnick GA, Mann JM. PMID: 10313365.
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    56. The growth and effects of hospital selective contracting. Health Care Manage Rev. 1989; 14(3):57-64. Melnick GA, Zwanziger J, Verity-Guerra A. PMID: 2670834.
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    57. Competition and cost containment in California: 1980-1987. Health Aff (Millwood). 1989; 8(2):129-36. Melnick GA, Zwanziger J, Bradley T. PMID: 2744691.
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    58. The effects of hospital competition and the Medicare PPS program on hospital cost behavior in California. J Health Econ. 1988 Dec; 7(4):301-20. Zwanziger J, Melnick GA. PMID: 10303150.
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    59. Hospital behavior under competition and cost-containment policies. The California experience, 1980 to 1985. JAMA. 1988 Nov 11; 260(18):2669-75. Melnick GA, Zwanziger J. PMID: 3054178.
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    60. Congressional voting behavior on hospital legislation: an exploratory study. J Health Polit Policy Law. 1984; 8(4):686-701. Feldstein PJ, Melnick G. PMID: 6699387.
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    61. Political contributions by Health PACs to the 96th Congress. Inquiry. 1982; 19(4):283-94. Feldstein PJ, Melnick GA. PMID: 6218082.
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    62. Effects of rate regulation on selected components of hospital expenses. Inquiry. 1981; 18(3):240-6. Melnick GA, Wheeler JR, Feldstein PJ. PMID: 6456991.
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