The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition’s mission is to provide up-to-date and easily accessible information about healthcare price and competition in the United States by posting news articles, policy papers, academic articles, litigation documents, and legislative/regulatory materials, as well as legal and policy-based analysis of those materials. Further, we aim to offer a diverse array of stakeholder perspectives on the problems associated with healthcare prices and markets, as well as potential solutions, to apprise our readers of the full scope of the existing debate. The Source aims not only to bridge the gaps between health policy, health services research, and legal experts working on these issues, but also to serve as a resource for journalists, state attorneys general, potential litigants, and others seeking to understand and/or promote cost control and competition in healthcare. Specifically, the Source focuses on market issues, such as provider leverage and reform efforts, including the promotion of price transparency in healthcare.
Although the Source is academically based and not aligned with any advocacy-based organizations or parties to litigation, it aims to serve as a catalyst for change within the U.S. healthcare system. It will operate as a core repository and central resource of materials that will empower individuals and groups seeking to bring rationality to healthcare markets. We at the Source believe that effective solutions to healthcare price and competition problems must be drawn from diverse disciplines including economics, health services research, medicine, and the law. We are pleased to provide a forum for this important discussion.
Jaime S. King is a Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is also the Associate Dean and Co-Faculty Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Masters in Health Law and Policy Program, and the Director of the Concentration on Law and Health Sciences. Professor King holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University, a J.D. from Emory University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Professor King’s research focuses on the drivers of healthcare costs, with a special interest in market consolidation and efforts to improve transparency in healthcare pricing. She is the Founder and Executive Editor of The Health Reform Tracker, a web-based resource for information and analysis about healthcare reform. In 2015, she testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law on issues surrounding health insurance mergers. Professor King is the 2015 recipient of the UC Hastings Foundation Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
Prior to joining the faculty at UC Hastings, she served as a Fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School (2006-2008) and the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (2005-2006). In 2012, she was named the John “Jack” Wennberg Fellow for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation for her research on shared decision-making.
Amy Y. Gu, J.D., is the Managing Editor for The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition. She holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining The Source, she practiced civil litigation in the San Francisco Bay Area, and later engaged in corporate compliance and discovery, representing various global pharmaceutical companies. Driven by an entrepreneurial mindset and her talents for marketing and web design, Amy also co-founded and successfully launched a startup in e-commerce. She is excited to bring to the Source a unique set of experience and perspective from both law and tech.
Katie Gudiksen, Ph.D., is a Senior Health Policy Researcher for The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition. She is a recent graduate of the UCSF/UC Hastings Master of Science in Health Policy and Law program, where she studied policy solutions to promote competition in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining The Source, she co-founded a cancer diagnostics company and worked as Director of Technology where she worked to develop technologies to detect biomarker signatures for aggressive prostate cancer. She also holds an A.M. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University and a B.S. and B.A. from Hope College.
Laura Hagen, J.D., is a Health Policy Researcher for the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium and is currently working on The State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ) Database. This database compiles state laws and regulations governing price transparency, provider market power, provider payment, provider networks and health insurance benefit design. Prior to joining The Source, she maintained the Health Reform Tracker, a project of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium that tracked national and California health care reform efforts under the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. Laura attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she graduated with a concentration in law and health sciences.
Samuel “Sammy” Chang, J.D., is a Health Policy Researcher for The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition. He currently writes the monthly California Legislative Beat on the Source Blog. Prior to joining The Source, he served as the Student Caucus Chair for the Executive Oversight Board for the University of California, Student Health Insurance Plan and worked as a legal intern for the California Department of Managed Health Care’s Office of Legal Services. At UC Hastings, he received a CALI Award for Academic Excellence for his work on the Public Policy and Law Workgroup. He additionally contributed to the California Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development background paper on pharmacy benefit managers. Sammy has been recognized by the American Bar Association and the UC Hastings Board of Directors for his vision and dedicated leadership and has testified in front of the California Assembly Judiciary Committee and the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Education. Sammy is a recent graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law with a concentration in law and health sciences and holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from UC San Diego.