BCHT Publications


Medical Innovation

Venture Capital Throws Dough That Could Fix Health Care Woe Timothy Kelly Managed Care, 2017

Orphan Diseases Or Population Health? Policy Choices Drive Venture Capital Investments. Dayton Misfeldt and James C. Robinson, Health Affairs Blog, July 21, 2017

Value-based Payment for Oncology Services in the United States and France. Robinson JC, Megerlin F.  Journal of Cancer Policy 2016; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcpo.2016.09.001.

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

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.

Robinson JC, Megerlin F. Le Rapport Prix/Valeur des Médicaments d’Oncologie a L’épreuve des Méthodes de Paiement aux États-UnisTechniques Hospitalieres 2014; Nov-Dec: 27-35.

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

The moral hazard effects of consumer responses to targeted cost-sharing Christopher M. Whaley, Chaoran Guo, Timothy T. Brown, Journal of Health Economics, Volume 56, December 2017, Pages 201-221

Reference Pricing, Consumer Cost-Sharing, and Insurer Spending for Pharmaceuticals James C. Robinson, Christopher M. Whaley, and Timothy T. Brown; May 2017, Issue Brief

Impact of Reference Pricing on Patient Choices, Employer Spending and Consumer Cost Sharing in Health Insurance: Overview James C. Robinson, Christopher M. Whaley, and Timothy T. Brown; February 2017, Issue Brief

Reference Pricing, Consumer Cost-Sharing, and Insurer Spending for Laboratory Tests James C. Robinson, Christopher M. Whaley, and Timothy T. Brown; February 2017, Issue Brief

Reference Pricing Changes The ‘Choice Architecture’ Of Health Care For Consumers James C. Robinson, Timothy T. Brown, and Christopher Whaley Health Affairs; 2017; 36(3): 524–530

Reference Pricing Reduces Employer and Employee Spending for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scans James C. Robinson, Christopher M. Whaley, and Timothy T. Brown; October 2016, Issue Brief

Reference Pricing, Consumer Cost-Sharing, and Insurer Spending for Computed Tomography (CT) Scans James C. Robinson, Christopher M. Whaley, and Timothy T. Brown; November 2016, Issue Brief

Association of Reference Pricing for Diagnostic Laboratory Testing With Changes in Patient Choices, Prices, and Total Spending for DiagnosticTests James C. Robinson, PhD; Christopher Whaley, BA; Timothy T. Brown, PhD; JAMA Intern Med. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2492; online July 25, 2016.

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

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

Value-Based Pricing and Patient Access for Specialty Drugs. James C. Robinson, Scott Howell, Steven D. Pearson, JAMA. 2018; 319(21):2169-2170. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.5367

Value-Based Physician Payment in Oncology: Public and Private Insurer Initiatives. James Robinson; The Milbank Quarterly, Vol. 95, No. 1, 2017 (pp. 184-203)

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)(link is external). 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)(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)(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)(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.