Katharine London, M.S.
Katharine London’s areas of expertise are in health care policy development and analysis in the areas of health care financing, payment reform, cost containment, and quality improvement. She joined the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School in 2009.
Ms. London has 20 years experience developing health policy for Massachusetts state government. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council, established under the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. Ms. London managed this 16-member public-private council, establishing statewide goals to improve health care quality, contain health care costs, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. She launched the Council’s website, the first in the nation to display hospital-specific quality and cost information simultaneously.
Ms. London served as Director of Health Policy at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office from 2003 to 2007. In this role, she advised the Attorney General on health policy issues; identified financially distressed hospitals and health plans and ensured they developed viable turnaround plans; and analyzed the effects of potential mergers and acquisitions on the health care market. Ms. London received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in 2006.
Previously, Ms. London spent more than 10 years at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy and the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission, where she directed staff support for 3 large public-private commissions. She developed policy for the Uncompensated Care Pool and payment methods for Massachusetts Medicaid.
Ms. London holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with biology from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.