The Health Policy Forum has been tracking the rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments and their contribution to increased health care spending. We are also conducting research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research on the quality and cost implications of increased integration between hospitals and physicians. Our recently completed studies funded by the National Cancer Institute demonstrated the role that complications and processes of care play in raising costs for complex cancer surgery.
Marah Short is the associate director of the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her research primarily examines the ways in which economic incentives and government policies influence the quality and cost of health care. She has conducted research for projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. Her research has been published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Forum for Health Economics and Policy, and Cancer. Short received a B.S. in economics from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Houston.