James C. Robinson, PhD, MPH

James C. Robinson, PhD, MPH

Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics
Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology
School of Public Health
Division of Health Policy and Management
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
510-642-0564 Fax: 510-643-6981
Dr. Robinson's CV

James Robinson is Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology at the University of California at Berkeley; Member of the Board of Directors at the Integrated Healthcare Association; and Contributing Editor to Health Affairs journal.

At Berkeley, Professor Robinson teaches health economics and policy, focusing on the hospital, insurance, biotechnology, and medical device sectors. Dr. Robinson has published three books and over 100 papers in scientific and policy journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs. His most recent book: Purchasing Medical Innovation, was published in March 2015 by the University of California Press. Professor Robinson is a frequent keynote speaker at health sector conferences and roundtables on topics related to his research and professional activities.

The Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) is a research and education center focused on insurance coverage, medical management, and methods of payment for biomedical technology, including biologics, pharmaceuticals, implantable medical devices, and diagnostics.
Current Research Interests
• Biotechnology policy and strategy
• Health insurance
• Physician payment methods
• Health care finance
• Nonprofit and for-profit organization
Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Books

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 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/hec.3181.

Robinson JC.  Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price.  Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015.

Robinson JC, Brown TT, Whaley C. Reference-based Benefit Design Changes Consumers’ Choices and Employers’ Payments for Ambulatory Surgery. Health Affairs 2015; 34(3):415-22.

Hernandez J, Machacz SF, Robinson JC. US Hospital Payment Adjustments for Innovative Technology Lag Behind Those In Germany, France, and Japan. Health Affairs 2015; 34(2):261-270.

Robinson JC. Biomedical Innovation in the Era of Health Care Spending Constraints. Health Affairs 2015; 34(2):203-09.

Robinson JC, Miller K. Total Expenditures per Patient in Hospital-Owned and Physician-Owned Medical Groups in California. JAMA 2014; 312(16):1663-1669.

Robinson JC, Howell S. Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Policy Initiatives to Improve Assessment, Pricing, Prescription, and Use. Health Affairs 2014; 33(10):1745-1750.

Robinson JC, Brown TT. Quantifying Opportunities for Hospital Cost Control: Medical Device Purchasing and Patient Discharge Planning. American Journal of Managed Care 2014; 20(9):e418-e424.

Robinson JC. Valeur et Paiement des Medicaments Innovants: Cas de l’Oncologie aux Etats-Unis (Value and Payment for Oncology in the United States). Annales Pharmaceutiques Francaises 2013; 71(5):285-290. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003450913001016. Reprinted in Contrat de Performance et Acces au Marche de l’Innovation Therapeutique. Edited by F. Megerlin. Issy-les-Moulineaux France: Elsevier Masson. 2014.

Robinson JC, Brown TT. Increases in Consumer Cost Sharing Redirect Patient Volume and Reduce Hospital Prices for Orthopedic Surgery. Health Affairs 2013; 32(8):1392-97.

Robinson JC. Consumer Cost Sharing and Use of Biopharmaceuticals for Rheumatoid Arthritis. American Journal of Managed Care 2013; 19(6): e3205-3213.

Robinson JC. Case Studies of Orthopedic Surgery in California: The Virtues of Care Coordination Versus Specialization. Health Affairs 2013; 32(5):921-28.

Robinson JC, Megerlin F. Reforme des Paiements des Soins aux Etats Unis: Quels Impacts sur les Relations Medicins-Hopitaux-Industriels?”  Techniques Hospitalieres 2012; Nov-Dec: 8-18.

Robinson JC. Providers’ Payment and Delivery System Reforms Hold Both Threats and Opportunities for the Drug and Device Industries. Health Affairs 2012; 31(9): 2059-67.

Robinson JC, MacPherson K. Payers Test Reference Pricing and Centers of Excellence to Steer Patients to Low-Price and High-Quality Providers. Health Affairs 2012; 31(9): 2028-36.

Robinson JC, Pozen A, Tseng S, Bozic KJ. Variability in Costs Associated with Total Hip and Knee Replacement Implants. Journal of Joint and Bone Surgery 2012; 94:1693-98.

Book Chapters, Issue Briefs, and Reports

Robinson JC. Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price.  Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015.

Caillouette J, Robinson JC. The “Failure” of Bundled Payment: The Importance of Consumer Incentives.  Health Affairs blog August 21, 2014. http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2014/08/21/the-failure-of-bundled-payment-the-importance-of-consumer-incentives

Williams T, Robinson JC. Bundled Episode-of-Care Payment for Orthopedic Surgery: The Integrated Healthcare Association Initiative. Issue Brief. September 2013. http://www.iha.org/pdfs_documents/bundled_payment/Bundled-Payment-Orthopedics-Issue-Brief-September-2013.pdf

Robinson JC. Comparison Shopping for Knee Surgery. Wall Street Journal. October 2, 2013.

Robinson JC. How to Turn Employees into Value Shoppers for Health Care. Harvard Business Review, New England Journal of Medicine. 2013. http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/10/how-to-turn-employees-into-value-shoppers-for-health-care

Robinson JC. Viewpoint: When Patients Become Consumers, Health Care Costs Can Be Tamed. Sacramento Bee, August 16, 2013.

Robinson JC, Fessler R. “Diversification or Specialization: Lessons from the Redesign of Orthopedic Surgery in Two Hospitals”. University of California, Berkeley Center for Health Technology. May 2013.

Robinson JC.  “Hospital Market Concentration, Pricing, and Profitability”. Issue Brief, vol. 3(2), 2012. University of California, Berkeley Center for Health Technology.

Health Policy and Management Breadth Course PH200C1
Health Care Technology Policy PH222A
Health Economics  PH226A
Public and University Service
Senior Director for Medical Technology at the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA)
Contributing Editor for Health Affairs.