Thought Leader, New Marketplace

Melinda B. Buntin, PhD

Chair of the Department of Health Policy
Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Melinda J. Beeuwkes Buntin joined Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2013 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy. She was previously Deputy Assistant Director for Health at the Congressional Budget Office, where she evaluated legislative proposals and directed studies related to health care financing, including reports on prescription drugs under Medicare Part D, beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and care coordination demonstrations. Prior to that, Dr. Buntin was Deputy Director of RAND Health’s Economics, Financing, and Organization Program, Director of Public Sector Initiatives for RAND Health, and Co-Director of the Bing Center for Health Economics. Her research at RAND focused on insurance benefit design, health insurance markets, provider payment, and the care use and needs of the elderly. Dr. Buntin’s work at Vanderbilt is focused on health care delivery and costs, with an emphasis on improving the value created by the health care system. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services. Dr. Buntin has an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a PhD in health policy with a concentration in economics from Harvard.

Mark Miller and Melinda Buntin

New Marketplace

MedPAC’s Role in Curtailing Drug Prices

The former Executive Director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission lays out three recommendations for curtailing drug prices, as well as upcoming Medicare trends.

Mark Miller and Melinda Buntin

New Marketplace

Why Does MedPAC Matter?

The former Executive Director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission explains why physicians and health care providers should understand MedPAC’s mission.

Conceptual Framework for Evaluating Specialty Care Partnerships

New Marketplace

How to Engage Specialists in Accountable Care Organizations

Should an ACO insource or outsource specialty care? Here’s a framework to help leadership decide.


Medical Schools and Health Policy: Adapting to the Changing Health Care System

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and rapid pace of health care delivery reform, there have been calls for medical schools to increase their focus on health policy research and education.

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