Stephen M. Davidson is professor of health policy and management at the Boston University School of Management. From 1985 to 1990, he directed the School’s graduate program in health administration studies. Davidson is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Prior to arriving at Boston University in 1985, he taught at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. His latest book, Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Health Care System, was published in April 2010 by Stanford University Press. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of five previous books and numerous articles. His books include Medicaid Decisions: A Systematic Analysis of the Cost Problem (1980); The Cost of Living Longer: National Health Insurance and the Elderly (1980) with T.R. Marmor, J.D. Perloff, M. Spear, and N. Aitken; The Physician-Manager Alliance: Building the Healthy Health Care Organization (1996) with M. E. McCollom and J. N. Heineke; and Remaking Medicaid: Managed Care for the Public Good (1998) co-edited with S. A. Somers.
Davidson’s research has explored key issues in the health sector for many years. He began with assessments of Medicaid policies pointing out, among other things, the inverse relationship between eligibility and provider payment rates. He conducted a 13-state study of physician participation in Medicaid, which identified key reasons (in addition to low payment rates) that discouraged physicians from treating Medicaid patients. In the early 1980s, he led a demonstration designed to cut through the heated rhetoric surrounding the managed care initiatives. In Suffolk County, New York, participating physicians were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups to test the effects of prepayment on utilization, expenditures, and physician and patient satisfaction. Other projects included studies of managed care, physician-manager relationships, community health centers, an innovative demonstration of subsidized health insurance, quality of care, and information technology in health care.