Professor Madison holds a joint appointment in the School of Law and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Most of her teaching and research activities are in the areas of health law, health policy and health economics.      

After receiving her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Madison worked for two years as a research assistant with the health care consulting firm now known as the Lewin Group. She received a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD in economics from Stanford University before joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2001. She joined the Northeastern faculty in 2011. In addition to her joint appointment, she has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics and is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Much of Professor Madison’s work evaluates the implications of health care quality reporting and related trends for patients, providers and regulators. In Regulating Health Care Quality in an Information Age, Professor Madison argues that the health care information revolution will produce a shift from more traditional market-displacing regulation to more market-oriented regulatory approaches.  In Hospital Mergers in an Era of Quality Improvement, she examines the implications of quality measurement for health care antitrust policy. In The Law and Policy of Quality Reporting, she explores the theory and practice of health care quality reporting and regulatory responses to reporting deficiencies. In From HCQIA to the ACA: The Evolution of Reporting as a Quality Improvement Tool, she explains how two different types of reporting, health care quality reporting and physician-related reporting to the National Practitioner Data Bank, could be combined to improve health care quality  In Donabedian's Legacy, Professor Madison documents the evolution of health care quality-related health law and policy. 

Professor Madison's more recent articles, Building a Better Laboratory: The Federal Role in Promoting Health System Experimentation and Health Regulators as Data Stewards extend her previous work by focusing on the ways health regulators generate, use and facilitate others' use of data.  

Professor Madison has also examined law and policy related to employers' use of health incentives. In work published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & LawJAMA, and the Health Affairs Blog, she considers the many legal and ethical issues that arise when employers adopt wellness programs that tie financial rewards or penalties to tobacco use, body mass index levels, or other health-related factors.

Fields of Expertise

  • Health Law and Policy
  • Contracts
  • Economics and the Law

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • “Health Policy and Regulation,” in Shortell and Kaluzny’s Health Care Management: Organization, Design, and Behavior (6th ed., 2012) (with Peter D. Jacobson & Gary Young)
  • “Defragmenting Health Care Delivery Through Quality Reporting,” in The Fragmentation of U.S. Health Care: Causes and Solutions (Einer R. Elhauge ed., 2010)
  • “Quality Regulation in the Information Age: Challenges for Medical Professionalism,” in Medical Professionalism in the New Information Age (David J. Rothman & David Blumenthal eds., 2010) (with Mark Hall)