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About HSI Network. Academic economists for policy and industry clients.

HSI Network launched in 1998 and over the past decade and half has become the nation’s premier network of health academics and industry executives. We have the highest per associate publication track record in the industry and are trusted by the nation’s most senior healthcare policymakers. What can we do for you?

Principals:

Stephen T. Parente, PhD, MPH, MS (Managing Principal)
University of Minnesota
Email: steve.parente@hsinetwork.com

Stephen Parente is the Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance in Carlson School of Management and the Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. As a Professor in the Finance Department, he specializes in health economics, information technology, and health insurance. Dr. Parente has been the principal investigator funded-studies on consumer directed health plans since 2002. Dr. Parente was a health policy adviser for the McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign and served as Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D WV) in 1992/93. He has a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

R. Lawrence Van Horn, PhD, MPH, MBA
Vanderbilt University
Email: Larry.VanHorn@hsinetwork.com

Professor Van Horn is a leading expert and researcher on health care management and economics. His research on healthcare organizations, managerial incentives in nonprofit hospitals and the conduct of managed care firms has appeared in such leading publications as the Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, Journal of Public Budgeting and Financial Management and Harvard Business Review.

Academic Consultants:

Roger Feldman, PhD, MS
University of Minnesota

Roger Feldman received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. He specializes in applying economic theory to health services research. Dr. Feldman is a regular contributor and referee of articles in major professional journals, and serves as consultant to national agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Congressional Budget Office. In 1984 – 1985, he served as senior staff economist for health policy and economics on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. From 1988 to 1992, he directed the HCFA Research Center funded by the Health Care Financing Administration.

Robert Town, PhD, MS
University of Pennsylvania

Robert Town is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Systems at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. His research specialties include industrial organization research of health care markets, hospital behavior, econometrics, and competition analysis, and financial incentives in health care. His current research interests include health information technology, retail clinics and evaluating Medicare bundled payment strategies.

Jon Christianson, PhD, MS
University of Minnesota

Jon Christianson holds the James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Management in the Health Policy and Management. His research specialties include evaluation of treatment processes, competition and competitive health care markets, health insurance, and financial incentives in health care. His current research interests include the public performing of provider performance, employer strategies for purchasing health care, implementation of evidence- based treatment processes in health care organizations, and tracking change in health care markets.

Joanne Spetz, PhD, MS
University of California – San Francisco

Joanne Spetz is a Professor of Economics at the University of California – San Francisco’s School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the economics of health care, with an emphasis on the health care workforce. She has led national and state surveys of registered nurses and nursing schools, evaluations of programs to expand the supply of nurses, research on the effects of health information technologies in hospitals, studies of the relationship between nursing and patient outcomes, analysis of hospital services and organization, and assessments of the effects of minimum nurse staffing regulations on patients and hospitals.

Bryan Dowd, PhD, MS
University of Minnesota

Bryan Dowd received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in economic and statistical modeling, and data analysis. His research focuses on the financing and delivery of health insurance, and health care services.

Bianca Frogner, PhD, HPA
George Washington University

Bianca Frogner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership. Dr. Frogner’s research has focused on the determinants of health spending across Organization of Economic Development countries, consumer-directed health care, Medicare risk adjustment, and health reform. She is has consulted for the World Bank, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

John Nyman, PhD, MS
University of Minnesota

John A. Nyman, Ph.D is a health economist at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health whose research focuses on (1) economic evaluations of new health technologies and interventions, (2) the theory of the demand for health insurance, (3) long-term care behavior and policy analysis, (4) the analysis of the behavior of physicians, and (5) the public health consequences of gambling. His over 100 peer-reviewed research articles have been published in top scholarly journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Medical Care, and Health Economics.

Susan Chapman, PhD, RN
University of California – San Francisco

Susan Chapman is an Associate Professor at the University of California – San Francisco’s School of Nursing. Her research has focused on health workforce policy including nursing, allied health, behavioral health, and entry-level occupations. Using mixed methods approaches, she has studied supply and demand for health care labor, health care education and career development, workforce diversity, and regulation.

Jeffrey McCullough, PhD
University of Minnesota

Jeffrey McCullough received his Ph.D. in health economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his AB in biochemistry from Harvard University. He is interested in pharmaceutical and information technology markets. He teaches a health care finance course.

Business Staff:

Adrine Chung, MBA
General Manager – East Coast
Email: Adrine.chung@hsinetwork.com

Shelley Oberlin, MBA, MHA, MS
General Manager – West Coast
Email: shelley.oberlin@hsinetwork.com

Patricia Homyak, MHA
Business Manager – Government
Email: patty.homyak@hsinetwork.com

Michael Finch, PhD
Senior Director
Email: mike.finch@hsinetwork.com

Lisa Tomai, MS
Senior Director
Email: lisa.tomai@hsinetwork.com

Sally Duran, MHSA
Senior Director
Email: sally.j.duran@hsinetwork.com

Robert Book, PhD
Senior Director
Email: robert.book@hsinetwork.com