EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor (with tenure) and Program Director, Health Informatics and Management, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Senior Scientist, Schneider Institute for Health Policy,  Brandeis University

Partner, Lee Analytics 

Vice President, Health Economics Research (now part of RTI)

Deputy Director and State Economist, Maine State Planning Office

Senior Consultant. Arthur D. Little

Vice President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Northern Ohio

Senior Economist, Abt Associates

A. James Lee, PhD

Healthcare Economist

Health Care Cost and Reimbursement Studies.  On many different projects, coordinated the development of analytic data files and conducted health care cost and utilization studies, often in support of new government reimbursement initiatives.  For the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, conducted a series of provider cost studies and recommended more equitable and efficient rate-setting alternatives.  Aided a medical device manufacturer in securing reimbursement for a still experimental treatment regimen.

 

Program Evaluation.  Experienced in quantitative and qualitative evaluation of large-scale health program initiatives, including quasi-experimental impact assessment, coordination of survey-based research and case study interviewing/reporting.  Evaluated the Medicare Lifestyle Modification Program Demonstration.  Provided statistical assistance to several pharmaceutical manufacturers in evaluating disease management programs.

 

Market Analysis and Strategy.  Consulted to various health care organizations on business planning, strategy and product development.  Researched and wrote two monographs on pharmaceutical marketing strategy—Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Changing the Face of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Leveraging Pharmacoeconomics in Pharmaceutical Marketing.  Experienced in conducting survey-based pricing (e.g., conjoint), market segmentation and product positioning studies.

 

Research Management.  Managed a great variety of government health services research and development projects.  Coordinated 18 clinicians in developing AHCPR's guidelines for post-stroke rehabilitation.  As Deputy Director of the Maine State Planning Office, directed a staff of nine professionals in conducting economic and social policy analyses and providing economic information services to the Governor, the Legislature and the public.

Pharmaceutical Industry.  Experienced in claims-based modeling of disease management utilization and costs.  Conducted several conjoint-type studies of HMO pharmaceutical preferences.  Identified recent advances in drug utilization review.  Advised major pharmaceutical companies on managed care marketing strategy.

 

Qualitative Studies.  Broad experience with executive and case study interviewing, and reporting.  For CMS, prepared case studies of budgeting, risk sharing and incentive management within five managed care organizations.  Also, in feasibility study for CMS's per case demonstration initiative, conducted focus group-type interviews with 86 hospital and medical group managers and 114 physicians at eleven hospitals.

 

Policy Analysis.  As Deputy Director of the Maine State Planning Office, was responsible for economic and social policy analysis and providing economic information services to the Governor, the Legislature and the public. Also worked with Brandeis colleagues to document practical experience with health systems budgeting in the United States.  Conducted case studies of the budgeting, risk sharing and incentive management in five managed care systems.

 

Professional Education/Training.   Taught graduate students for eleven years.  Courses taught include quantitative methods, healthcare information systems, healthcare finance, operations analysis and quality improvement, health policy and management, and health planning and marketing.  Outstanding student evaluations.  Recipient of departmental teaching excellence award.  Honored by Continuing Studies and Corporate Education for "best practices in developing quality academic programs."

The trouble with every one of us is that we don't think enough.  We don't get paid for working with our feet -- we get paid for working with our heads.    Thomas J. Watson (1911)

THINK!

An analytic person who thinks strategically and champions Clayton Christensen's principles of disruptive innovation
  • Founder, Board Member and Treasurer, DxCG, Inc. (Boston, MA) **acquired by ISO, now Verscend**

  • Project Manager, AHCPR Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Guideline Panel **through Health Economics Research**

  • Author of Employment, Unemployment and Health Insurance,  selected as one of the outstanding books in industrial relations and labor economics by the Industrial Relations Section of Princeton University; impetus to COBRA legislation

  • Author or co-author of more than 40 professional publications, two books, five proprietary monographs and many commercial publications

  • Directed UMass Lowell's MS program in Health Informatics and Management, increasing the student count from 20 to more than 150; introduced a "blended" teaching format combining face-to-face and online instruction.