Faculty & Staff

    • A. Mark Fendrick, M.D.

      A. Mark Fendrick, M.D. is the Center's Director and Professor at the University of Michigan in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy. Dr. Fendrick's research focuses on the clinical and economic assessment of medical interventions with special attention to how technological innovation influences clinical practice, benefit design, and health care systems. He has authored over 200 articles and book chapters and lectures frequently on the quality and cost implications of medical care to diverse audiences around the world. Dr. Fendrick remains clinically active in the practice of general internal medicine. He is the Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Managed Care and is an editorial board member for 3 additional peer-reviewed publications. His perspective and understanding of clinical and economic issues have fostered collaborations with numerous government agencies, health plans, professional societies, and health care companies. He serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. In 2009, he was named one of the “20 people who make healthcare better” by HealthLeaders Media for the creation and implementation of value-based insurance design.
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    • Kyle L. Grazier is the Center's Co-Director and Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. She serves as director of evaluation for MICHR. With NIH and foundation support, she studies the effects of health finance and insurance on health status and service delivery. She serves on the NIMH Services Review Panel, the CSR Dissemination and Implementation Review Panel, the NCQA Technical Advisory Board, and chairs the International Graham Prize Committee. She has also twice served as Chair of the University’s Committee on Sustainable Health Benefits, Co-chair of M-Healthy, and is a member on the University Long Term Disability Insurance Review committee.

    • Dr. Richard Hirth is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  His research interests include insurance design and plan choice, healthcare costs, ownership of healthcare providers, long-term care, and end-stage renal disease care.  His work includes the research underlying design of the recently implemented Medicare bundled payment system for dialysis and the evaluation of pay-for-performance programs.  Dr. Hirth has over seventy publications in journals including the Journal of Health Economics, Inquiry, Health Services Research, Health Affairs, Medical Care, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.  He has been the recipient of the Kenneth Arrow Award in Health Economics, the Excellence in Research Award in Health Policy from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, and the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators.  He serves as a Deputy Editor of Medical Care, the Associate Director of the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, and the Research Director of the Center on Value-Based Insurance Design.

    • A. Mark Fendrick, M.D.
      Katy Spangler is the Center’s Senior Advisor and is based in Washington, DC.  Katy promotes the Center’s work to key health care stakeholders and represents the Center at events in Washington.  Katy joined the Center after nearly a decade staffing senior members of the United States Senate.  Most recently, Katy served as the Deputy Health Policy Director of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where she was on the front lines of the entire health care reform debate. Working for the Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, who also served on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Budget Committee and was among the “Group of Six” Senators working to develop a bipartisan health care solution, Katy has distinctive knowledge and extensive understanding of the health care law.  In addition to being an expert on health insurance plans and health insurance exchanges, Katy has a deep background in health information technology issues.


    • Michael E. Chernew, Ph.D.

      Michael E. Chernew, Ph.D. is the Center's consultant. Michael is professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School. Prior to taking his position at Harvard, he was a professor in the School of Public Health at Michigan and the Director of V-BID. His V-BID related work focuses on assessing the impact of copay changes on clinical and economic outcomes.


    Jenifer J. Martin, J.D.

    Jenifer J. Martin, J.D. is Director of Government Relations at the UM School of Public Health and at the UM Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.  In these roles, she leads government relations and advocacy strategies to promote and advance faculty expertise to federal agencies, the United States Congress, the State of Michigan, and other health policy stakeholders.  In addition, she is Director of the Public Health Advocacy Clinic, which provides training in steps in effective advocacy for students, faculty, staff and community partners. Ms. Martin has worked with several interdisciplinary centers housed in the School of Public Health and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she was a senior associate at the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, and worked on Capitol Hill for Representative Jose E. Serrano and for Senator Paul Simon on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in the Clinton White House.

  • Dean G. Smith, Ph.D. is a consultant to the Center, and Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Dr. Smith's research explores the financial aspects of working with health care delivery and financing organizations. He has conducted extensive evaluations of managed care operations and has studied the implementation of economic analyses in clinical trials. Dr. Smith chairs the MHealthy Advisory Committee, the University’s umbrella for health and wellness initiatives, and he chairs the Pharmacy Benefit Oversight Committee, guiding this benefit for over 90,000 covered lives.

The Facts

Increases in patient copayments lowers HEDIS scores, demonstrating the connection between financial aspects of plan design and quality performance.

“Value-based insurance design eliminates or reduces co-payments or coinsurance for certain medications or types of care that are demonstrated to be crucial in preventing or managing disease."

- Ron Williams
Chairman and CEO
Aetna Inc.