Jill R. Horwitz, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.P.

February 1, 2008

Jill R. Horwitz, Ph.D., J.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  She is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Dr. Horwitz's areas of interest include health care, technology diffusion, not-for-profit organizations, and law and economics.  Her research interests include hospital ownership, hospital and insurer conversions, medical malpractice, and volunteer liability.

Dr. Horwitz received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her M.P.P., J.D., and Ph.D., in health policy from Harvard University.  While pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Horwitz held graduate fellowships at the Harvard Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions.  After completing her degree, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  In addition, Dr. Horwitz was public affairs director for the Planned Parenthood Association of San Mateo County.  At the University of Michigan, Dr. Horwitz' recently taught courses include health law and policy, not-for-profit law and policy, torts, and governance workshops.  She has authored papers and presented on hospital ownership, volunteer liability, charitable care, and hospital service provision.

Currently, Dr. Horwitz is the principal investigator for a HCFO-sponsored study examining medical service provision in markets with different mixes of for-profit, not-for-profit, and government hospitals.  Early findings indicate that not-for-profit hospitals' medical service provision systematically varies by market mix, and that there is no significant effect of for-profit market share on the operating margins of not-for-profit hospitals.  These findings align with theories that hospitals maximize their own output.  The objective of this project is to inform federal and state policymakers as they consider tax regulation and community benefit standards, as well as decision makers considering availability and access to services.

For more information on Dr. Horwitz and a list of selected publications, see http://cgi2.www.law.umich.edu/_FacultyBioPage/facultybiopagenew.asp?ID=272