"Since coming to the School of Public Health in 2012, I've worked with the U-M Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, or V-BID, and its director, Mark Fendrick. My biggest concern about returning to school was the fear of taking a vacation from the ‘real world,' and from the real-world issues that matter to people outside the ivory tower. V-BID has given me a truly special opportunity to stay grounded in conversations around rethinking ‘business as usual' in health care.
In February, Mark was asked to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on reforming the Medicare benefit package. I helped Mark draft his testimony and then flew to Washington for the hearing. Given the substantial differences that generally divide Democrats and Republicans on health care reform, there seemed to be an unusual level of bipartisan openness to setting cost-sharing in accordance with clinical value. It was especially exciting to help educate members of Congress on an issue where meaningful progress is possible."
—Jason Buxbaum, first-year student, Master of Health Services Administration program, Department of Health Management and Policy; research assistant (2009–2011) and policy analyst (2011–2012), National Academy for State Health Policy, Portland, Maine