"The core mission of the university is development of important new insights, theories, and data.  We ensure our publications are timely and accessible to decision-makers in public policy, health care organizations, the life sciences, and the medical profession."  

James Robinson, Director 

Medical Innovation

Value-based Payment for Oncology Services in the United States and France. Robinson JC, Megerlin F.  Journal of Cancer Policy 2016;

Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price.(link is external)  Robinson JC; University of California Press, 2015.

Biomedical Innovation in the Era of Health Care Spending Constraints.Robinson JC; Health Affairs 2015; 34(2):203-09.

US Hospital Payment Adjustments for Innovative Technology Lag Behind Those In Germany, France, and Japan. Hernandez J, Machacz SF, Robinson JC; Health Affairs 2015; 34(2):261-270.

Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Policy Initiatives to Improve Assessment, Pricing, Prescription, and Use. James Robinson and Scott Howell; Health Affairs, 2014; 33(10):1745-1750.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: From Clinical Information to Economic Incentives. James Robinson; Health Affairs; 2010; 29(10):1788-1795.

Confidentiality and Transparency for Medical Device Prices: Market Dynamics and Policy Alternatives [ReportIssue Brief] James Robinson and Annemarie Bridy; October 2009.

The Health Care Rubik's Cube. James Robinson; Health Affairs; May 2008 vol. 27 no. 3619-620.

Cost-Reducing Innovation in Health Care. James C. Robinson and Mark D. Smith; Health Affairs; 2008; 27(5):1353-56.


Reference Pricing and Consumer Choices

Consumer Cost Sharing, and Insurer Spending for Advanced Imaging Tests. Robinson JC, Whaley C, Brown TT. Reference Pricing,  Medical Care, 2016; in press.

The Redesign of Consumer Cost Sharing for Specialty Drugs at the California Health Insurance Exchange Robinson JC, Price A, Goldman Z; Am J Manag Care. 2016;22(4 Suppl):S87-S91.

Appropriate Use Of Reference Pricing Can Increase Value. Boynton A, Robinson JC; Health Affairs Blog, July 2015.  

Brown TT, Robinson JC. Reference Pricing with Endogenous or Exogenous Payment Limits: Impacts on Insurer and Consumer Spending. Health Economics. Early View. Article first published online: 22 Apr1l 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/hec.3181.

Consumer Choice Between Hospital-Based and Freestanding Facilities for Arthroscopy. James C. Robinson, PhD; Timothy T. Brown, PhD; Christopher Whaley, PhD; Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA; J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2015 Sep 16; 97 (18): 1473 -1481.

Association of Reference Payment for Colonoscopy With Consumer Choices, Insurer Spending, and Procedural Complications. James C. Robinson, PhD ; Timothy T. Brown, PhD ; Christopher Whaley, PhD ; Emily Finlayson, MD, MS; JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 08, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.4594

Reference-based Benefit Design Changes Consumers’ Choices and Employers’ Payments for Ambulatory Surgery.Robinson JC, Brown TT, Whaley C; Health Affairs 2015; 34(3):415-22.

Association Between Availability of Health Service Prices and Payments for These Services. Christopher Whaley, et al; JAMA, 2014;312(16):1670-1676.

Increases in Consumer Cost Sharing Redirect Patient Volumes and Reduce Hospital Prices for Orthopedic Surgery. James Robinson and Timothy Brown; Health Affairs; 2013; 32(8):1392-97.

Consumer Cost Sharing and Use of Biopharmaceuticals for Rheumatoid Arthritis. James Robinson; American Journal of Managed Care; 2013; 19(6): e3205-3213.

Reference Pricing: Stimulating Cost-Conscious Purchasing and Countering Provider Market Power. James Robinson;National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation: Expert Voices; October, 2013.

Comparison Shopping for Knee SurgeryJames Robinson; Wall Street Journal; October 27, 2013.

How to Turn Employees into Value Shoppers for Health Care. James Robinson; Harvard Business Review; October 21, 2013.

Payers Test Reference Pricing and Centers of Excellence to Steer Patients to Low-Price and High-Quality Providers. James Robinson and Kim MacPherson; Health Affairs; 2012; 31(9): 2028-36.

Aligning Consumer Cost-Sharing with Episode of Care (EOC) Provider Payments. James Robinson and Kim MacPherson; Integrated Healthcare Association White Paper; September 2011.

Redesigning Insurance Benefits and Consumer Cost-Sharing for High-Cost Surgical Services. James Robinson and Kim MacPherson; Integrated Healthcare Association White Paper; September 2011.

Consumer-Driven Health Care: Promise and Performance. James Robinson and Paul Ginsburg; Health Affairs; March 2009; 28 (supplement 1): w272-w281.


Physician and Hospital Payment Methods

Total Expenditures per Patient in Hospital-Owned and Physician-Owned Medical Groups in California. Robinson JC, Miller K. JAMA 2014; 312(16):1663-1669. 

Quantifying Opportunities for Hospital Cost Control: Medical Device Purchasing and Patient Discharge Planning. Robinson JC, Brown TT; American Journal of Managed Care 2014; 20(9):e418-e424.

Bundled Episode-of-Care Payment for Orthopedic Surgery: The Integrated Healthcare Association InitiativeIssue Brief, authored jointly by IHA CEO, Tom Williams, and BCHT Director, James Robinson; September, 2013

Variability in Costs Associated with Total Hip and Knee Replacement Implants. James Robinson, Alexis Pozen, Samuel Tseng, and Kevin Bozic; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; 2012; 94:1693-98.

Variation in Hospital Costs, Payments, and Profitability for Cardiac Valve Replacement Surgery. James Robinson; Health Services Research; 2011; 46(6):1928-1945.

Hospitals Respond to Medicare Payment Shortfalls by Both Shifting Costs and Cutting Them, Based on Market Concentration. James Robinson; Health Affairs; 2011; 30(7):1265-1271.

Hospital Market Concentration, Pricing, and Profitability in Orthopedic Surgery and Interventional Cardiology. James Robinson; American Journal of Managed Care; 2011; 17(6):e241-e248.


Value Based Health Care and Pay-for-Performance

Obamacare works in California. Here's why. Peter V. Lee, James Robinson; Op-Ed, LA Times, July 2015.

 Valeur et Paiement des Medicaments Innovants: Cas de l’Oncologie aux Etats-Unis (Value and Payment for Oncology in the United States)(link is external).J Robinson JC.  Annales Pharmaceutiques Francaises 2013; 71(5):285-290. Reprinted in Contrat de Performance et Acces au Marche de l’Innovation Therapeutiqu(link is external).  Edited by F. Megerlin.  Issy-les-Moulineaux France: Elsevier Masson.  2014.

Provider's Payment and Delivery System Reforms Hold Both Threats and Opportunities for the Drug and Device Industries. James Robinson; Health Affairs; 2012; 31(9): 2059-67.

Applying Value-Based Insurance Design to High-Cost Health Services. James Robinson; Health Affairs; November 2010; 29(11):2009-2016.

Accountable Care Organizations in California: Lessons for the National Debate on Delivery System Reform. James Robinson and Emma Dolan; Integrated Healthcare Association White Paper; October 2010.

Measurement of and Reward for Efficiency in California’s Pay-For-Performance Program. James C. Robinson, Thomas Williams, and Dolores Yanagihara; Health Affairs; 28(5):1438-47.

Quality-Based Payment for Medical Groups and Individual Physicians.James Robinson, Stephen Shortell, Diane Rittenhouse, Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Robin Gillies, Lawrence Casalino. Inquiry; 2009; 46(2):172-81.

Value-Based Purchasing For Medical Devices. James C. Robinson; Health Affairs; 2008; 27(6):1523-31.

Slouching Toward Value-Based Health Care. James Robinson; Health Affairs; 2008 vol. 27 no. 1 11-12.


Coordinated Care for Chronic Illness

Case Studies of Orthopedic Surgery in California: The Virtues of Care Coordination Versus Specialization. James Robinson; Health Affairs; 2013; 32(5):921-28.

Reform of Health Care Payment in the United States: What Impact on Relations between Physicians, Hospitals, and Device Manufacturers? James Robinson and Francis Megerlin; Techniques Hospitalieres (Hospital Technology(link is external));  Dec 2012

Waiting for Economic Pressure to Force Our Hand. James Robinson; Managed Care; April 2012.

Financial Incentives, Quality Improvement Programs, and the Adoption of Clinical Information Technology. J Robinson, LP Casalino, RR Gillies, DR Rittenhouse, SS Shortell, S Fernandes-Taylor; (link is external)Medical Care; 2009; 27(4):411-417.

Improving Chronic Illness Care: A Longitudinal Cohort Analysis of Large Physician Organizations. SM Shortell, RR Gillies, J Siddiqui, LP Casalino, D Rittenhouse, JC Robinson, RK McCurdy; Medical Care; 2009; 47(9): 932-941.