The Health Policy Forum has been tracking implementation of the Affordable Care Act through published research, media and government resources. In the coming months, we hope to launch a detailed study of insurance coverage in Texas. Additionally, with funding from the National Cancer Institute, we are completing manuscripts for a study of the cost-drivers of complex cancer surgery. Other projects include an analysis of regional variations of cancer treatment in Texas, a study of the effect of smoking bans on hospitalization rates, and a study of whether shared savings programs for physicians can reduce overall patient health care expenditures.
Marah Short is the associate director of the Health Policy Forum (HPF) at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The mission of the HPF is to study the ways in which economic incentives and government policies influence the quality and cost of health care. The program’s guiding philosophy is that society can deliver high-quality medical care while controlling expenditures. The HPF regularly publishes studies and hosts workshops, seminars and lectures on a wide variety of topics, including national health care reform, achieving efficient and high-quality health care, health insurance coverage, and the socioeconomic determinants of health. Short has conducted research for projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. Her research has been published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Forum for Health Economics and Policy, and Cancer. Short received a B.S. in economics from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Houston.