Katharine London, MS

Katharine London
Principal, Center for Health Law and Economics
Commonwealth Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Katharine London has over 20 years' experience directing complex projects for government agencies, analyzing health care quality and cost data for a variety of health care insurer and provider types, developing payment methodologies, collecting and compiling complex data, and presenting results in consumer-friendly formats. 

London is currently leading an effort to implement a prospective bundled payment for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers in Massachusetts. Her other recent projects included development of a health care financing plan for Vermont's single-payer initiative, an evaluation of the variation in prices paid by commercial health insurance carriers to New Hampshire health care providers, and support of an extensive public-private policy development effort in Connecticut.

From 2007 to 2008, London served as executive director of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council, established under the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. She built the council's All Payer Claims Dataset and launched a website, the first in the nation, to display hospital-specific quality and cost information simultaneously.

London served as director of health policy at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from 2003 to 2007. In this role, she advised the Attorney General on health policy issues; identified financially distressed hospitals and health plans and ensured they developed viable turnaround plans; and analyzed the effects of potential mergers and acquisitions on the health care market. London received the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in 2006.

Previously, London spent more than 10 years at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy and the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission, where she directed staff support for three large public-private commissions. She developed policy for the Uncompensated Care Pool and payment methods for Massachusetts Medicaid.

London holds an MS in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in applied mathematics with biology from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.