Andrew B. Bindman is associate professor of medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco, and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. He also directs the Primary Care Research Center in the Department of Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Bindman has published numerous studies on access to primary medical care, health outcomes associated with barriers to primary care, and the changing role of primary care physicians and safety net providers in managed care. His current work examines the impact of managed care on the quality of care for vulnerable patient groups.
Randall R. Bovbjerg, a health policy analyst and lawyer, is a principal research associate at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. Issues of medical injury, liability, and insurance are some of his specialties. Publications on these topics since the mid–1970s include one book, three symposium issues of law journals, and three dozen articles. He has also often testified or advised task forces, and his report to the Institute of Medicine formed the basis of chapter six of the IOM’s seminal 1999 book To Err Is Human. Another current focus is trends in state health policy under “new federalism,” especially efforts to expand health coverage to the working uninsured.
Eileen Burgin is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont in Burlington. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1988.
Huw T. O. Davies, M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D., is professor of health care policy and management at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and a former Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy when he was based at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. His research interests are in health care quality, encompassing evidence-based policy and practice, performance measurement and management, and governance issues. He has published widely in each of these areas and is currently researching on the roles of organizational culture and trust in the delivery of high-quality care. [End Page 537]
Nancy-Ann DeParle is a health care consultant in Washington, DC, a senior adviser to JPMorgan Partners, LLC, and an adjunct professor of health care systems at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on several corporate boards and a number of nonprofit boards, including the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Roles of Academic Health Centers in the 21st Century and the Strategic Advisory Council of the National Quality Forum. From November 1997 until October 2000, DeParle served as administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, recently renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DeParle received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also received an M.A. in politics and economics from Balliol College of Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
Kelly J. Devers, Ph.D., is a health researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington, DC, where she helps oversee the design of the Community Tracking Study site visits and is the leader of the provider team. Her current research focuses on the impact of hospital and physician competition and organization on cost and quality. Devers received a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco. Thereafter she was a research fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her work has been published in journals such as Health Services Research, Milbank Quarterly, American Journal of Managed Care, and Critical Care Medicine. She recently edited a special issue of Health Services Research on qualitative methods and previously edited a book on managed care and markets.
Lisa Disch is an associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She teaches courses in contemporary political thought, feminist theory, and democratic theory. Her latest book is The Tyranny of the Two-Party System (Columbia University Press, 2002).
Alice K. Dueker is a clinical professor and director of clinical programs at Rutgers...