As the health care industry undergoes dramatic changes, the Center for Health Care Management & Policy is a source of important knowledge and information for leaders and those who want to move into leadership roles.

Established in 1988 by Professor Paul Feldstein to conduct and disseminate research on key health policy issues at the national, state and local levels, our mission was to provide a forum through which those key issues were discussed among scholars, the business community, government and other key stakeholders. Since that time, our marquee event has become the annual Health Care Forecast Conference that started in 1992. The conference serves as a unique venue for dialogue among government, business leaders, and academics that share their perspectives and forecasts on key economic and political issues impacting the health care industry.

Today, our mission is to build stronger ties with the health care community in Orange County and beyond by engaging our partners in collaborative research and education efforts as well as community service programs. Our current activities are in two main areas: 

  1. Organizing conferences and other events to disseminate research findings and to promote discussion of health policy issues 
  2. Contributing to the health care focus within UCI’s MBA programs

2019 Health Care Forecast Conference

The 28th annual Health Care Forecast Conference welcomes Keynote Speaker Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, who returns for his 22nd year to give us his inside-the-beltway insights on the outlook on health care reform. He will address health politics and policies in a divided Congress and how the partisan divide will impact the ongoing debate in Congress over the future of the ACA and the nation’s health care challenges. Join him and other distinguished speakers from the private sector, the government, think tanks and academia who will share their expert perspectives and insights.

This is an excellent opportunity to participate in an examination of public and private health care trends, and gain insight into how the economics and politics of health care reform will affect one’s business organization and constituents.


2019 Conference Videos


2018-2019 Health Care Speaker Series

Attend this series featuring thought-provoking speakers on health care issues and public policy. 

Fall Speaker Series

November 14, 2018 • 8 am – 10:15 am

Program Speakers

Edward Heidig, Esq. 
Regional Director
Region IX
US Department of Health and Human Services

William Barcellona, JD
Senior Vice President
Government Affairs
America's Physician Groups (APG)

Moderator: Cindy Ehnes, Esq.
Executive Vice President
COPE Health Solution

Mireille Jacobson, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Health Care Management and Policy, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine


Faculty Director

Mireille Jacobson Mireille Jacobson is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare payment policy. She has received grants from the National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. She is a faculty research fellow in the Health Care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adjunct senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a fellow at both The Schaeffer Health Policy Center and the Center for Economics and Social Research at USC. Prior to joining The Merage School, she was a senior health economist at the RAND Corporation, the Deputy Director of RAND Health's Economics, Finance, and Organization (EFO) Program, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 

Advisory Board and Charter Members

The Board of Advisors assists the Center in its mission to engage the local health care community to become a leading player in the health care policy arena. 

   Advisory Board 

  • Richard F. Afable, MD, MPH, President  & CEO, Covenant Health Network
  • Terry Belmont, Former CEO, UCI Medical Center
  • Robert Beltran, MD, Senior Executive Medical Director, Brand New Day
  • Richard Chambers, Plan President, Molina Healthcare
  • Christopher H. Coulter, MD, Chief Medical Director, Precept Group
  • James Elliott, Vice President, Blue Shield of California
  • Alan Hoops, Chairman of the Board, Health Essentials LLC
  • Dale L. Macrae, Senior Vice President, Aon Hewitt
  • Marcia Manker, CEO, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
  • Gerald A. McCall, Senior Vice President, Operations, Southern California Region, Kaiser Permanente
  • Penny Randall, Vice President, Quintiles
  • Richard Raynes, Chief Administration Officer, Kaiser Permanente of Orange County
  • Murray N. Ross, PhD, Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Director, Health Policy Analysis and Research, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
  • Gina Tapper, Director, BDO Center for Health Care Excellence and Innovation
  • David L. Tsoong, MD, Principal, Pinnacle Senior Care
  • Betty K. Tu, MD, MBA, Principal, Pinnacle Senior Care
  • Tammy Tucker, Former Vice President, Anthem Blue Cross
  • Bud Volberding, Principal, Avalon Healthcare Consulting
  • Laurence D. Wellikson, MD, CEO, Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Maureen Zehntner, Former CEO, UCI Medical Center

   Charter Board Members

  • Robert Braithwaite, President and CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • Jay J. Cohen, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Optum Collaborative Care, Executive Chairman, Monarch HealthCare
  • Rick Gannotta, CEO, UCI Health System
  • Christopher De Rosa, President/West Region, CIGNA
  • Michael S. Mallory, Regional Vice President, Anthem Blue Cross
  • Jeffrey H. Margolis, Executive Chairman, Welltok, Inc.
  • Tarek Salaway, MHA, MPH, MA, CEO, Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center
  • Mark Schafer, MD, CEO, MemorialCare Medical Foundation
  • David L. Steffy, Private Investor

Affiliated Faculty

Paul J. Feldstein, PhD, MBA
Emeritus Professor and Robert Gumbiner Chair in Health Care Management 
The Paul Merage School of Business

Sheldon Greenfield, MD
Donald Bren Professor of Medicine
Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute

Padma Gulur, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care
School of Medicine

Zeev Kain, MD, MBA
Professor & Chair, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care
Associate Dean for Clinical Operations
School of Medicine

Sherrie Kaplan, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, School of Medicine
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Healthcare Measurement and Evaluation, UC Irvine
Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute

Robin Keller, PhD, MBA
Professor, Operations  and Decisions Technologies
The Paul Merage School of Business

Dana Mukamel, PhD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine

David Neumark, PhD
Chancellor’s Professor of Economics  
Director, Center for Economics & Public Policy
Department of Economics

Cornelia (Connie) Pechmann, MS, MBA, PhD
Professor of Marketing
The Paul Merage School of Business

Maritza Salazar, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor, Organization and Management
The Paul Merage School of Business