Health Economics, Health Care Spending, Medicare, Medicaid, Payment Reform, Insurance
Melinda Buntin joined Vanderbilt in 2013 as the Chair of the new Department of Health Policy. She was previously Deputy Assistant Director for Health at the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to that Dr. Buntin was deputy director of RAND Health’s Economics, Financing, and Organization Program, director of Public Sector Initiatives for RAND Health, and co-director of the Bing Center for Health Economics. Her research at RAND focused on insurance benefit design, health insurance markets, provider payment, and the care use and needs of the elderly. She has an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a Ph.D. in Health Policy with a concentration in economics from Harvard.