Dr. Richard Hirth is a Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hirth has received several awards, including the AcademyHealth Health Services Research Impact Award (2014), the Kenneth J. Arrow Award in Health Economics (1993); The University of Michigan School of Public Health Excellence in Research Award (2014); the Excellence in Research Award in Health Policy from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (1998 and 2009); and the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (1999). Dr. Hirth's research interests include the role of not-for-profit providers in health care markets, health insurance, the relationship between managed care and the adoption and utilization of medical technologies, long-term care, and the economics of end stage renal disease care.