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 of 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 and brings to the Source a unique set of experience and perspective from both law and tech. As a licensed attorney, Amy practiced civil litigation and represented global pharmaceutical companies in FCPA compliance and discovery prior to joining The Source. She applies her legal expertise in her coverage and analysis of antitrust enforcement and healthcare litigation on The Source. Drawing upon her experience in co-founding an e-commerce platform, she further executes the mission of The Source in the design of the content and functionalities of the site to expand its scope and reach.
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.
Robert Murray is President of Global Health Payment LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in the design and implementation of reimbursement systems for health care providers. In addition to his consulting responsibilities. Prior to his consulting experience Mr. Murray was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve as Executive Director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) in 1994, Maryland’s all-payer hospital rate-setting agency. He served in that capacity for 17 years. Under Mr. Murray’s leadership the HSCRC initiated a number of innovative payment systems including global budgets for 10 rural hospitals, which served as the proto-type demonstration for the state’s hospital global budget demonstration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
Since leaving the HSCRC, Mr. Murray has worked as a consultant developing hospital global budget payment models for the state of Vermont and a prospective payment system for small and rural hospitals for the state of Oregon. Mr. Murray also assisted CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland with the development of its successful Patient-Centric Medical Home (PCMH) model. Internationally, he has assisted the Chinese Ministry of Health in the design of DRG-based payment systems and has worked as a Short-Term Consultant for the World Bank on a number of payment design-related projects.
His research interests include the development of administered provider payment systems, payment caps and other mechanisms to address the issue of high and rapidly increasing provider prices. He has written extensively on the history of state-based administered pricing systems in the U.S. He has a BA and MA in Economics and an MBA, from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Alex Montague, J.D., is a Graduate Research Fellow for The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition. She currently works on the Database of State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ) and conducts research regarding antitrust enforcement and state regulation of provider contracts. Alex graduated from UC Hastings in 2019 with a concentration in Law and Health Sciences. At UC Hastings, she was the Executive Supervising Editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and a Research Assistant for Professor Jaime King. As a Research Assistant, Alex assisted Professor King with the research on health care economics, supply and demand side legislative tools for health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, and cross-market mergers. Alex received a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in the Health Law Concentration Seminar for her paper on the First Amendment in health care. Prior to law school Alex worked for the Blue Mountain Action Council in Washington as a Pro Bono Legal Advocate and an Americorps Member. Alex earned her BA from Whitman College where she majored in Politics and Environmental Studies.
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Enne Mae Guerrero, J.D., is a Graduate Research Fellow for The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition. She currently works on the Database of State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ) and composes the monthly issues for the California Legislative Beat. Enne Mae attended Golden Gate University School of Law in 2017-2018 and transferred to UC Hastings, where she graduated in 2020. At UC Hastings, she was the Notes Editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. She also worked as a student mediator in the Mediation Clinical Program and was awarded the Community Justice Clinic Award for Outstanding Performance in Mediation. Additionally, Enne Mae earned Witkin Awards in Legal Writing & Research I & II and CALI Awards in Compliance Health Law, Public Health Law, and Disability Law. She was also inducted into the Pro Bono Society, and she is excited to continue volunteering her time professionally to make the legal field more accessible and equitable.
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