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Health Policy and Management Research

Adam Block Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Dr. Block is a health economist with deep experience in the hospital, health plan and government sectors.  He has research interests in how individuals make decisions in health care markets and  his research activities focus on patient selection of hospitals, patient selection of insurance plans and diffusion of innovation in the market.

He worked developing contracting models for value based purchasing for a major hospital system and has worked extensively performing financial analysis and evaluation of medical management programs for a large Medicaid managed care plan.  Dr. Block spent several years developing the legislation on the Affordable Care Act as an Economist at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation and subsequently wrote regulations and regulatory impact analyses for key parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Block teaches health economics and guest lectures on all aspects of the U.S. Health care system.  Dr. Block’s work experience gives him an intimate knowledge of the workings and development of the Affordable Care Act.

Kenneth A. Knapp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Center for Long-Term Care

An economist who specializes in gerontology, Dr. Knapp’s current research interests include program evaluation of the health benefits of Ta Chi and Qigong, particularly in the context of workplace wellness programs; the implications for healthcare, family caregiving and long-term care of aging and longevity; and the health effects of “non-healthcare” sectors such as housing and labor markets. Dr. Knapp advises doctoral students and supervises dissertation research in the Dr.P.H. program, and teaches healthcare economics, health services research and other courses at New York Medical College. He was an original member of the interdisciplinary research team at the International Longevity Center, a nonprofit think-tank lead by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and geriatrician Robert N. Butler.

Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES
Professor of Public Health Practice
Dr Padmini (Mini) Murthy, Professor in Health Policy and Management and Family and Community Medicine and Global Health Director is a physician and an activist who did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been working in various arenas of the health care industry including the private sector. She has been at the fore front of organizing work- shops and seminars internationally on women’s health and the challenges faced. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Sojourner Truth Pin which is given to those women who excel in community service.

Dr. Murthy is widely published and is the author and editor of Women's Global Health and Human Rights a book which is used worldwide. Murthy has spearheaded the Safe Motherhood Malawi initiative at NYMC and the team has raised funds to build a maternity waiting home and collected hospital supplies for a rural clinic.

Her research interests include Women’s Health and Human Rights, Promoting Practice of Safe Mother Hood and Activism to improve the health of women in underserved communities with a focus on social determinants of health, Promotion of Distance education and social media in the practice of public health.

Denise C. Tahara, M.B.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, M.P.H. Studies 
Before joining NYMC full time, Dr. Tahara was an independent consultant working to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery systems. Projects included improving billing and collections for a nursing home system, including correcting and resubmitting denied Medicare and Medicaid claims, reducing bad debt expense. Working with performance improvement teams at a home healthcare agency, she streamlined the reporting and analysis of quality indicators and implemented new methods to improve patient safety.

Dr. Tahara has also worked with area hospitals to develop business plans to expand their programs and the corresponding metrics to measure the performance. This has resulted in the approval of a new residency program with NYMC and creation of new specialty programs at the hospitals.

Performance improvement through system transformation continues to be her primary area of research. Other areas of research include improving birth outcomes and maternal health through preconception healthcare, team-based approaches to chronic diseases management, educating the public about healthy lifestyle choices and increasing sustainability practices in healthcare.