Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy
Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Director of Public Policy
Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
University of Southern California
Paul Ginsburg, PhD, is Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. He also serves as director of public policy at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Continuing to be based in the Washington, DC, area, he teaches graduate health administration courses and conducts health policy research through the USC Schaeffer Center. From 1995 through the end of 2013 he founded and served as president of the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), which conducted research to inform policymakers and other audiences about changes in organization, financing, and delivery of care and their effects on people. HSC was widely known for the objectivity and technical quality of its research and its success in communicating it to policymakers, industry, and the media as well as to the research community, and for its knowledge of developments in communities and health care markets.
Prior to his founding HSC, Dr. Ginsburg served as the founding executive director of the predecessor to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which developed the Medicare physician payment reform that was enacted by the Congress in 1989. Dr. Ginsburg was a senior economist at RAND and served as deputy assistant director at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Before that, he served on the faculties of Duke and Michigan State Universities. He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.
Dr. Ginsburg is a noted speaker and consultant on the changes in the financing and delivery of health care, particularly on the evolution of health care markets. In addition to presentations on the overall direction of change, recent topics have included cost trends and drivers, consumer driven health care, provider payment reform, price transparency, the future of employer-based health insurance, addressing growing provider leverage and competition in health care. As a senior adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center, he has contributed to reports on reducing federal spending on health care (2010), on a strategy to contain health care costs (2013) and on approaches to provider payment reform in Medicare (2014 to 2015). He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, he serves on Health Affairs' editorial board, and he was appointed in 2015 to the HHS National Advisory Council for Health Care Research and Quality.