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Robert Murray

Senior Scholar at the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy


Robert Murray is President of Global Health Payment LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in the design and implementation of reimbursement systems for health care providers. Prior to his consulting experience Mr. Murray was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve as Executive Director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) in 1994, Maryland’s all-payer hospital rate-setting agency. He served in that capacity for 17 years. Under Mr. Murray’s leadership the HSCRC initiated several innovative payment systems including global budgets for 10 rural hospitals, which served as the proto-type demonstration for the state’s current global budget demonstration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Since leaving the HSCRC, Mr. Murray has worked as a consultant developing and recommending hospital payment models for several states, including Vermont, Oregon, Tennessee and Rhode Island. Internationally, he has assisted the Chinese Ministry of Health in the design of a DRG-based payment system and has worked as a Short-Term Consultant for the World Bank on various payment design-related projects.

His research interests include provider consolidation in the U.S. and the development of state-based administered provider payment systems, including out-of-network payment caps and hospital global budgets, to address the issue of high and rising hospital prices. He has written extensively on the history of state-based rate regulatory systems in the U.S. and the cost control attributes of administered payment systems, publishing articles on these topics in Health Affairs, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, The American Journal of Managed Care, The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management and in other venues. He has a BA and MA in Economics and an MBA, from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.


  • Stanford University
    B.A., Economics

  • Stanford University
    M.A., Economics

  • Stanford University

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