USC Price School of Public Policy

Ginsburg appointed USC Price professor in health policy, management

February 25, 2014

Paul Ginsburg

Paul Ginsburg has been appointed Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, announced Dean Jack H. Knott on Feb. 25. Ginsburg will hold the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Chair in Medicine and Public Policy, beginning March 1.

“The Price School’s expertise in health policy and administration will benefit greatly from Dr. Ginsburg’s significant expertise, and we look forward to his many contributions to the school,” Knott said.

At USC Price, Ginsburg will teach courses for the Executive Master of Health Administration and the Master of Health Administration programs. In addition, he will work closely with the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the School on health policy issues, both in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., where he will be based.

An economist and health policy expert, Ginsburg founded the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). He served as president of the organization throughout its existence until the end of 2013, when it merged into Mathematica Policy Research.

Founded in 1995 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HSC conducts research to inform policymakers and other audiences about changes in the organization, financing and delivery of care and the effects that these policies have on the American public. It is widely known for the objectivity and technical quality of its research and its success in disseminating their findings to policy makers, leaders in the healthcare industry, the media and the larger research community.

Prior to founding the HSC, Ginsburg served as the founding executive director of the Physician Payment Review Commission (now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). Highly respected within the healthcare community, the commission developed the Medicare physician payment reform proposal that was enacted by the Congress in 1989.

Ginsburg also served as a senior economist at RAND; as deputy assistant director at the Congressional Budget Office; and as a faculty member at Duke University and Michigan State University. He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

Ginsburg is a noted speaker and consultant on the changes taking place in the healthcare system and the future outlook of healthcare in the nation. He has been named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Persons in Health Care” eight times, and he received the first annual HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth in 2006.