Robert Murray, Senior Health Policy Researcher

About: Robert Murray, Senior Health Policy Researcher

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.