Paul Ginsburg has been named research director of a new institute formed by the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three U.S. automakers to conduct research into financing and delivery of healthcare.
Ginsburg joins auto industry health institute
The National Institute for Health Care Reform was created as part of deals brokered between the union and Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group and General Motors Co. that shifted the cost burden of retiree healthcare to independent entities called voluntary employees' beneficiary associations, or VEBAs.
Ginsburg, president of the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change, will lead research and analysis on health policy, including episode-based payment models, employer-based wellness programs and comparative effectiveness. The institute will contract with the Center for Studying Health System Change to conduct the research and policy analysis.
The not-for-profit institute is governed by a six-member board of directors.
“The union and the auto companies are responsible for providing health benefits for millions of Americans and have a common goal of wanting the U.S. healthcare system to provide high-quality, affordable care,” said Alan Reuther, co-chair of the Institute board and UAW legislative director, in a written statement.
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