Paul Ginsburg


Paul Ginsburg is Professor of the Practice of Health Policy at the Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. He is also a Senior Fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He founded the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy in 2016 and served as its director until June 2021. From 2016 to 2022, Ginsburg has served as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC); from 2019 to 2022, he also served as Vice Chair.

From 1995 through the end of 2013 he founded and served as President of the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). Initiated with core support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HSC 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 policy makers, industry and the media as well as to the research community. It enjoyed particular respect for its knowledge of developments in communities and health care markets.

Prior to his founding HSC, Ginsburg served as the founding Executive Director of the predecessor commission to MedPAC. The Commission developed the Medicare physician payment reform that was enacted by the Congress in 1989. He 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.

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. He has been named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Persons in Health Care” eight times. In 2006, he received the first annual HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth and in 2021, he received the Price Faculty High-Impact Research Award from USC. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a Public Trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Health Care Management, served two elected terms on the Board of AcademyHealth, served on CBO’s Panel of Health Advisors and serves on Health Affairs’ editorial board.

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