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Gerald Kominski,
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Professor
Health Services

Associate Director
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 794-2681

Gerald F. Kominski, Ph.D., is Professor, Department of Health Services, and Director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Dr. Kominski received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis with a concentration in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1978. He teaches classes in advanced research methods, health economics, and cost-effectiveness analysis. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of health care programs and technologies; improving access and health outcomes, particularly among ethnic and vulnerable populations; and developing models for estimating health expenditures and forecasting population health. He currently serves as Vice Chair for the Financial Impact Analysis Team that analyses insurance mandates for the California legislature as part of the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP). Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 1989, he served as a staff member for the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC) in Washington, D.C., a Congressional agency that monitored and developed Medicare hospital payment policy and is now known as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). His is co-editor of the widely used textbook, Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management, which was published in its third edition in 2007.