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Kristin M. Madison

Professor of Law and Health Sciences
University of California, Berkeley, BA 1992
Yale University, JD 2000
Stanford University, PhD 2001
Office: 54B Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Fax: (617)-373-5056

Professor Madison holds a joint appointment in the School of Law and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Her primary research is in the areas of health economics, health law and health policy.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Madison worked for two years as a research assistant with the health care consulting firm now known as the Lewin Group. She then 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.

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 use of quality measures in the Evanston Northwestern Hospital antitrust litigation. In “The Law and Policy of Quality Reporting,” she explores the theory and practice of health care quality reporting and comments on settlement agreements related to insurers' provider rating mechanisms. In “Rethinking Fraud Regulation by Rethinking the Health Care System,” she suggests that the greater availability of quality and other health care-related data should transform the way we confront health care fraud.  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.  And in “Donabedian's Legacy,” Professor Madison documents the increasing focus on quality issues over time and discusses the way quality law and policy might change in the future.

Professor Madison has also written on a variety of other health-related topics.  Her most recent work involves analysis of the law and policy of employer incentives for healthy behaviors, such as insurance premium or copayment differentials tied to employees' weight or smoking status.      

Fields of Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Economics and the Law
  • Health 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)