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Gerald Kominski

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DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Areas of Interest: 
  • Health Policy
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Economics       

Gerald Kominski is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and financing of public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation. He is also working extensively on evaluating the expected and actual impacts of health care reform and has co-led the development of a microsimulation model (CalSIM) for forecasting eligibility, enrollment, and expenditures under health reform. He currently serves as PI of several multi-year evaluations of Medicaid 1115 waiver demonstration projects in California involving disease management for fee-for-service Medi-Cal beneficiaries and expansion of coverage for low-income uninsured adults otherwise ineligible for Medi-Cal through county-based indigent care programs. From 2003-2009, he served as Vice Chair for the Cost Impact Analysis Team of the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP), which conducts legislative analyses for the California legislature of proposals to expand mandated insurance benefits. From 2001-2008, he was Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the UCLA School of Public Health.         

Dr. Kominski received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1985, and his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1978. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 1989, he served for three and a half years as a staff member of the agency now known as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). He is co-author of over 120 articles and reports, and is editor of the widely used textbook, Changing the U.S. Health Care System:  Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management, which will be published in its 4th edition in 2014.

PhD, University of Pennsylvania
BA, University of Chicago
Selected Publications: 
  • Kominski GF, Varon SF, Morisky DE, Malotte CK, Ebin VJ, Coly A, Chiao C. Costs and cost-effectiveness of adolescent compliance with treatment for latent tuberculosis infection: results from a randomized trial. Journal of Adolescent Health 2007;40(1):61-68.
  • Afifi AA, Morisky DE, Kominski GF, Kotlerman JB. Impact of disease management programs on health care utilization: evidence from Florida: a health state (FAHS) Medicaid program. Preventive Medicine 2007;44(6):547-553.
  • Kominski GF, Morisky DE, Afifi AA, Kotlerman JB. The impact of disease management on utilization of services by race and ethnicity: evidence from the Florida Medicaid program. American Journal of Managed Care 2008;14(3):168-172.
  • Rosenstock L, Silver GB, Helsing K, Evashwick C, Katz R, Klag M, Kominski GF, Richter D, Sumaya C, Wahl P. Confronting the public health workforce crisis: ASPH statement on the public health workforce. Public Health Reports 2008;123(3):395-398.
  • Kominski GF, Pourat N, Roby D, Cameron M. Return to work and degree of recovery among injured workers in California’s workers’ compensation system. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2008;50(3):296-305.
  • Roby DH, Kominski GF, Pourat N. Assessing the barriers to engaging challenging populations in disease management programs: the Medicaid experience. Disease Management and Health Outcomes 2008;16(6):421-428.
  • Chen J, Swonger S, Kominski GF, Liu H, Lee J, Diamant A. Cost-effectiveness of insuring the uninsured: the case of Korean American children. Medical Decision Making 2009; 29(1):51-60.
  • van Meijgaard J, Fielding JE, Kominski GF. Assessing and forecasting population health: integrating knowledge and beliefs in a comprehensive framework. Public Health Reports 2009;124(6):778-789.
  • Meng YY, Pourat N, Cosway R, Kominski GF. Estimated costs of expanding coverage for asthma self-management education to children with symptomatic versus uncontrolled asthma in California HMOs. Journal of Asthma 2010;47(5):581-586.
  • Roby DH, Pourat N, Pirritano NJ, Vrungos SM, Dajee H, Castillo D, Kominski GF. Impact of patient-centered medical home assignment on emergency room visits among uninsured patients in a county health system. Medical Care Research and Review 2010;67(4):412-430.         
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