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.
Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University, and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society.
In 2020, Ho was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists and a board member for Community Health Choice. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.