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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Yale: Professor Honored by NIHCM for Analysis of Hospital Health Spending and Pricing

Dr. Zack Cooper, associate professor of public health (health policy) at Yale School of Public Health received the 25th Annual Research Award from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM) for the paper The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured, published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics.  Dr. Cooper was the lead author on the paper that used private insurance claims to study the variation in heath spending and the pricing of hospital services in the U.S., find that mergers between nearby competing hospitals raised prices significantly, and that hospitals in concentrated markets had higher prices and were able to negotiate more favorable contractual terms with insurers.  The NIHCM Award recognizes outstanding published work from researchers furthering innovation in health care financing, delivery and organization or the implementation of health care policy. NIHCM said in a release that the judges were impressed with the national reach of this work and its impact in transforming the conversation about health care costs and highlighting the importance of effective antitrust enforcement.   Winners receive a $20,000 cash prize and will be honored at a banquet in Washington, DC in May.