Jill R. Horwitz

David Sanders Professorship in Law and Medicine
Professor of Public Affairs (by courtesy)
Founding Faculty Director, Lowell Milken Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofits
Vice Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life (2019-2021)

  • B.A. Northwestern University, 1988
  • M.P.P. Harvard University, 1994
  • J.D. Harvard University, 1997
  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2002

Jill Horwitz is the David Sanders Professor in Law and Medicine at UCLA School of Law and Professor of Public Affairs (by courtesy) at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She was the Vice Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life at the School of Law for the academic years 19-20 and 20-21. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria Department of Economics in British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining UCLA in 2012, she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where she was the Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor of Business and Law and Co-Director of Law and Economics. She also held joint appointments at Michigan with the School of Public Health and the Ford School of Public Policy.

As the Reporter for the American Law Institute Restatement of the Law, Charitable Nonprofit Organizations, Professor Horwitz has led the ALI’s first Restatement on the subject.

At UCLA, Professor Horwitz teaches Torts, Health Law, Nonprofit Law, as well as seminars in law and economics, governance, and health care reform. Both a legal scholar and policy expert, Professor Horwitz is addressing some of the most pressing law and policy issues of our day, including the opioid crisis, health insurance, and health care markets. A highly productive scholar, she has published widely in top law reviews, health policy journals, and economics journals. Her empirical research on hospital ownership and medical service provision has won several awards.

Professor Horwitz received her B.A. with honors from Northwestern University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, a J.D. magna cum laude, and a Ph.D. in health policy, all from Harvard University. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Norman Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Horwitz is a fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has been a member of the Board of Advisors at the New York University National Center on Philanthropy and the Law.

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  • Articles And Chapters
    • Use of Restricted Assets During a Crisis: Is It Time to Raid the Endowment?, 70 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 406 (2023). Full Text
    • Preface to the UCLA Symposium on the Restatement of the Law, Charitable Nonprofit Organizations, 70 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 370 (2023). Full Text
    • Research Note: Relative Profitability of Acute Care Hospital Services (2d edition) (with Sayeh Nikpay, Jacqlyn Blatteis, Steve Levick, Eleonore De Vos, and Austin Nichols), (June 2021). Full Text
    • The Importance of Data Source in Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Research (with Corey S. Davis, Lynn McClelland, Rebecca Fordon, and Ellen Meara), Health Services Research (2020). First online Sept. 2, 2020 | Abstract
    • Regulating Opioid Supply Through Insurance Coverage (with Christopher M. Auld, Ben Lukenchuk, and Lynn McClelland), 39 (9) Health Affairs (2020). Abstract | Full Text
    • Charitable Nonprofits and the Business of Health Care, in Nonprofit Research Handbook, 3rd ed. (edited by Walter Powell and Patricia Bromley, Stanford University Press, 2020).
    • Ambulance Diversions Following Public Hospital Emergency Department Closures (with Charleen Hsuan, Renee Hsia, Ninez Ponce, Thomas Rice, and Jack Needleman), Health Services Research (2019). Full Text
    • The Problem of Data Quality in Analysis of Opioid Regulation: The Case of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (with Corey S. Davis, Lynn S. McClelland, Rebecca S. Fordon, and Ellen Meara), National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 24947 (2018). Full Text
    • The Role of Hospital and Market Characteristics on Invasive Cardiac Service Diffusion (with Charleen Hsuan and Austin Nichols), 53 Review of Industrial Organization 81-115 (2018). Online First (March 2018); and NBER WP 2350 (2017).
    • Complying with the Effect of Changes in the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA): Challenges and Solutions (with Charleen Hsuan, Ninez Ponce, Renee Hsia, and Jack Needleman), 37 Journal of Health Care Risk Management 31-47 (Nov. 2017).
    • State Legal Restrictions and Prescription-Opioid Use among Disabled Adults (with Ellen Meara, Wilson Powell, Lynn McClelland, Weiping Zhou, James O’Malley, and Nancy Morden), New England Journal of Medicine, Special Article (June 22, 2016).
    • Cross Border Effects of State Health Technology Regulation (with Dan Polsky), 1 (1) American Journal of Health Economics 101-23 (Winter 2015). Related work published as "Challenges to Regulatory Decentralization: Lessons from Certificate of Need Regulation," National Bureau of Economic Research WP 19801 (2014).
    • Expansion of Invasive Cardiac Services in the United States (with Austin Nichols, Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, Comilla Sasson, and Theodore J. Iwashyna), Circulation (Published online July 19, 2013, print version forthcoming).
    • Wellness Incentives in the Workplace: Cost Savings through Cost Shifting to Unhealthy Workers (with Brenna D. Kelly and John DiNardo), 32 (3) Health Affairs 468-76 (2013).
    • Profits v. Purpose: Hybrid Companies and the Charitable Dollar (with Rachel Culley), (forthcoming, 2013). Draft Text
    • The Role of the Market in Health Care: Point and Counterpoint (with Seth Freedman and Jill Horwitz), in Debates on U.S. Healthcare, (edited by Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Wendy E. Parmet, and Mark A. Zezza, Sage Publications, 2012).
    • Malpractice Suits and Physician Apologies in Cancer Care (with Eugene Chung, John A.E. Pottow, and Reshma Jagsi), 7 (6) Journal of Oncology Practice 389-93 (2011).
    • Rural Hospital Ownership: Medical Service Provision, Market Mix, and Spillover Effects (with Austin Nichols), 64 (5) Health Services Research 1452-72 (2011). Related work published as National Bureau of Economic Research WP 16926 (2011).
    • Commentary: Why It's Called the Affordable Care Act (with Nicholas Bagley), 110 Michigan Law Review First Impressions 1 (2011). Full Text
    • The Multiple Common Law Roots of Charitable Immunity: An Essay in Honor of Richard Epstein’s Contributions to Tort Law, 3 (1) Journal of Tort Law Article 4 (2010).
    • The Attack on Nonprofit Status: A Charitable Assessment (with James R. Hines, Jr. and Austin Nichols), 108 Michigan Law Review 1179 (2010).
    • Hospital Ownership and Medical Service Provision in the United States: Implications for South Korea (with Austin Nichols), in The Service Sector Advancement: Issues and Implications for the Korean Economy, 227-249 (edited by Moon Joong Tcha, Korea Development Institute, 2010).
    • Nonprofit Narratives: Piers Plowman, Anthony Trollope, and Charities Law, 2009 Michigan State Law Review 989 (2009). Full Text
    • Hospital Ownership and Medical Services: Market Mix, Spillover Effects, and Nonprofit Objectives (with Austin Nichols), Journal of Health Economics 924-37 (September 2009).
    • Adoption and Spread of New Imaging Technology: A Case Study (with Joseph Ladapo Scott Gazelle, Milton Weinstein, and David Cutler), 28 (6) Health Affairs w1122-32 (October 13, 2009).
    • Book Review of Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities by Henry Aaron and Jeanne Lambrew, 47 Journal of Economic Literature 834-36 (September 2009).
    • Letting Good Deeds Go Unpunished: Volunteer Immunity Laws and Individual Tort Deterrence (with Joseph Mead), 6 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 585-635 (2009).
    • Debate, Medicare: Did the Devil Make Us Do It? (with David Hyman), 156 University of Pennsylvania Law Review PENNumbra 453-80 (2008). Full Text
    • The Virtues of Medicare: A Review of David A. Hyman’s Medicare Meets Mephistopheles, 106 University of Michigan Law Review 1001-20 (2008).
    • What Do Nonprofits Maximize? Nonprofit Hospital Service Provision and Market Ownership Mix (with Austin Nichols), National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 13246 (2007).
    • Does Corporate Ownership Matter? Service Provision in the Hospital Industry, 24 Yale Journal on Regulation 140-204 (2007). Also published in technical form, National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 11376 (2005).
    • Michigan’s Dangerous Attempt to Distort Donors’ Intentions (with Harvey Dale), Chronicle of Philanthropy (August 17, 2006).
    • Nonprofit Ownership, Private Property, and Public Accountability, 25 (4) Health Affairs (June 20, 2006). Web Exclusive W308-W311
    • U.S. Adoption of Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems (with David M. Cutler and Naomi E. Feldman), 24 (6) Health Affairs 1654-63 (2005).
    • The Common Law Power of the Legislature: Insurer Conversions and Charitable Funds (with Marion Fremont-Smith), 83 (2) Milbank Quarterly 225-246 (2005).
    • Making Profits and Providing Care: Comparing Nonprofit, For-Profit and Government Hospitals, 24 (3) Health Affairs 790-801 (2005).
    • Research Note: Relative Profitability of Acute Care Hospital Services, Exhibit, (2005).
    • Why We Need the Independent Sector: The Behavior, Law, and Ethics of Not-for-Profit Hospitals, 50 UCLA Law Review 1345 (2003).
    • Converting Hospitals from Not-for-profit to For-profit Status: Why and What Effects? (with David Cutler), in The Changing Hospital Industry, 45-78 (edited by David Cutler, University of Chicago Press, 2000). Also published as National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 6672 (1998).
    • State Oversight of Hospital Conversions: Preserving Trust or Protecting Health?, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Wiener Center for Social Policy, Working Paper H-98-03 (1998). Also available as Hauser Center, Working Paper #10.
    • Case Brief: Blue Cross & Blue Shield v. Travelers Insurance, 23 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 407 (1995).
    • No-Fault for Medical Injury Compensation For Medical Injury: A Case Study (with Troyen Brennan), 14 Health Affairs 164-79 (Winter 1995).
    • Medical Malpractice (with Troyen Brennan), in Health Care Policy, 307-27 (edited by David Calkins et al., Blackwell Science, 1995).