Medicare (includes benefits and policies)

Jason Barabas (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard
Professor, Department of Political Science
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Barabas received his PhD is from Northwestern University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. In his research, Professor Barabas blends interests in American politics--particularly representation and public opinion--with scholarship on public policy, political psychology, and methodology. A central question motivating him comes from democratic theory: do citizens get what they want from government? Consequently, most of his research emphasizes the public dimension of public policy. Sometimes he focuses on attitudes toward reforms for major programs like Social Security or Medicare. Other times he concentrates on how citizens learn about issues from each other or the mass media. Dr. Barabas studies public opinion with an eye toward what role citizens play in the policy process.

Discipline: Political Science

Andrea Louise Campbell (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Yale
Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor, Department of Political Science
Department Head
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Campbell received her PhD from University of California-Berkeley and her AB from Harvard University. Her research examines the interaction between public policies and mass attitudes and behavior, with a particular interest in the politics of social policy, health policy and tax policy. She is the author of How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Citizen Activism and the American Welfare State (Princeton, 2003) and, with Kimberly J. Morgan, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy (Oxford, 2011). She is also completing a book manuscript on public opinion and taxes in the United States.  Campbell is a past Scholar in Health Policy Research (Cohort VIII) and recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award. Other funders include the National Science Foundation and Russell Sage Foundation.  She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and served on the National Academy of Sciences Commission on the Fiscal Future of the United States.

Discipline: Political Science
Research Interests: Political Behavior

Kelly J. Devers (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Berkeley/UCSF
Senior Fellow
NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Devers received both her PhD and Master degree from Northwestern University. She was vice president of the Center for Evaluation and Advanced Analytics at The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm, where she specialized in research and analysis related topics, such as bundled payments, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes for vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries, and their impacts on access, quality, and cost.

In recent projects, Devers worked with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) on a number of initiatives, including serving as the qualitative and mixed-methods task leader and senior adviser for the evaluation of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. That project is testing a new model of hospital payment for hip and knee replacements to encourage care coordination from the initial hospitalization through recovery and ultimately reduce cost while maintaining quality. She also served as the qualitative and mixed-methods task lead for CMMI’s Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Model, designed to test the concept of ACOs designed specifically for people with end-stage renal disease. Previously, she served in leadership roles on CMMI’s Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration Evaluation, as well as for several other major projects funded by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Earlier in her career, she held a position at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. She was an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, a senior researcher at the Center for Studying Health Systems Change, and a senior fellow at the Urban Institute.

Devers’ work has been widely published in major health services research and policy journals, with close to 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, an edited book, and numerous widely read issue briefs and reports. She also serves as a peer reviewer for federal agencies, foundations, and journal editorial Boards and is a frequent speaker on health policy issues.

Discipline: Sociology

Kevin M. Esterling (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Department of Political Science
Associate Dean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA

Dr. Esterling received his PhD from University of Chicago. His research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics. His current work identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University.

Discipline: Political Science

A. Bowen Garrett (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 3 — Berkeley/UCSF
Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center
Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Dr. Garrett received his PhD from Columbia University. His research focuses extensively on health reform and health policy topics, combining rigorous empirical methods and economic thinking with an understanding of the policy landscape to better inform policy making. He led the development of Urban's Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model and conducted numerous studies of the likely effects of alternative reform proposals for the Obama administration, the state of New York, and private foundations. He has written extensively on employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid and the uninsured, and Medicare's prospective payment systems. Previously, Garrett was chief economist of the Center for US Health System Reform and McKinsey Advanced Health Analytics at McKinsey & Company (2010–13). He is a research associate with the Info-Metrics Institute at American University and has taught quantitative methods and economic statistics at Georgetown University.

Discipline: Economics
Research Interests:

Vincent L. Hutchings (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Yale
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Hutchings received both his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Jose State University. Dr. Hutchings interests include public opinion, elections, voting behavior, and African American politics. He recently published a book at Princeton University Press entitled Public Opinion and Democratic Accountability: How Citizens Learn About Politics, that focuses on how, and under what circumstances, citizens monitor (and consequently influence) their elected representative's voting behavior. In addition to this project, Professor Hutchings also studies how the size of the African American constituency in congressional districts can influence legislative responsiveness to Black interests. The most recent product of this research was published in the Journal of Politics. Finally, he is also interested in the ways that campaign communications can "prime" various group identities and subsequently affect candidate evaluations. This study examines how campaign communications can subtly---and not so subtly---prime voter's racial (and other group-based) attitudes and subsequently affect their political decisions. Research from this project, co-authored with Professor Nicholas Valentino and Ismail White, has been published in the American Political Science Review. Professor Hutchings, and collaborators Ashley Jardina, Rob Mickey, and Hanes Walton, are currently exploring how different news frames can diminish or exacerbate tensions among Whites, Blacks and Latinos. Professor Hutchings received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, most recently (2009) for his project entitled “Elite Communications and Racial Group Conflict in the 21st Century.” He is currently the University of Michigan Principal Investigator for the American National Election Study for the 2012 election cycle.


Discipline: Political Science

Jonathan Ketcham (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF
Earl G. and Gladys C. Davis Distinguished Research Professor in Business, W.P. Carey School of Business, Department of Marketing
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Dr. Ketcham received his PhD in Economics from The Wharton School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Baylor University. Dr. Ketcham's interest are Physician organizations, incentives and learning, prescription drugs and medical devices, and hospital competition under managed care. He is a consulting with Pfizer Inc; Wolters Kluwer Health. His current projects are Physician-hospital gainsharing; physician decisionmaking; diffusion of drug-eluting stents; Medicare Part D. His recent awards is Principal Investigator, R01, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Hospital-Physician Gainsharing." $484k. He recent co-authored publications are: "Influence of Patient Race on Physician Prescribing Decisions: A Randomized On-line Experiment." Journal of General Internal Medicine,24(11): 1183-91 and "Physician Clinical Information Technology and Health Care Disparities." Medical Care Research and Review, 66: 658-681.

Discipline: Economics

Beth K. Kosiak (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale
Health Policy Executive
Kosiak Health Policy Consulting, Washington, DC

Dr. Kosiak received both her PhD and MA from Princeton University. Dr. Kosiak is Principal Consultant of Kosiak Health Policy Consulting. She offers a broad range of health policy expertise from strategic planning, policy development and program execution to writing technical reports and grants and proposals. Experience in policy analysis,with a special focus on quality measurement, patient experience of care and value based purchasing. Extensive background in federal government, Medicare and physicians associations.


Her past projects are and were: Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC): April 2016- present
Providing strategic guidance and analysis to leadership, summarizing relevant literature and identifying key informants to assist the ACCC in meeting the requirements of its sponsors and fulfilling its mission, PCORI: April 2014- Present - Currently serving as senior consultant/program officer in the Improving Healthcare Systems Program at PCORI, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Signature Consulting: June 2013-December 2013 Played lead role in securing $23 million CMS PQRS contract and served as Interim Executive Director of the contract, directing all subcontractors and liaising to CMS until project was ready for hand off to a permanent director.

January 2013-June 2013: Provided strategic guidance and specific input to orthopedic surgical practice writing a grant for federal government funding; reviewed and provided expert technical feedback on draft reports from other consulting firms.

Discipline: Sociology

Kimberly J. Morgan (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Yale
Professor, Department of Political Science
George Washington University, Washington, DC

Dr. Morgan received her PhD in Political Science from Princeton University. Her research focuses on the politics of social policy in the United States and Western Europe, with particular interests in family policies, health care, and immigration. Dr. Morgan  is the author of two books, Working Mothers and the Welfare State: Religion and the Politics of Work-Family Policy in Western Europe and the United States (Stanford University Press 2006) and, with Andrea Louise Campbell, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy (Oxford University Press 2011). She is a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy (2014), and her articles have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Foreign Affairs, Politics & Society, Social Politics, and World Politics. Before joining GWU, was a post-doctoral fellow at NYU's Institute of French Studies (2000-01) and in 2008-09, Dr. Morgan was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Discipline: Political Science

Jonathan B. Oberlander (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Berkeley/UCSF
Professor, School of Medicine and School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Oberlander received both his PhD and MA in Political Science from Yale University. Dr. Oberlander's research focuses on the politics of health care, health care reform, Medicare and cost control.  He is the author of The Political Life of Medicare (University of Chicago Press), co-editor of the three-volume Social Medicine Reader (Duke University Press), and is an editor of the University of North Carolina Press series, Studies in Social Medicine.  His journal articles include works published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Law and Contemporary Problems, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine

Discipline: Political Science