Previously Dr. Newman was Manager, Health Services Research for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in Chicago. In that capacity he had responsibility for the conduct and analysis of healthcare cost and utilization data, usually involving Blue Cross Blue Shield claims data in cooperation with university researchers and other academic research organizations. He was also a member of an internal research team whose focus is analysis of internal Blue Cross Blue Shield Association care coordination and disease management data.
Before joining the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in 2004, he was Associate Professor and Associate Director, Institute of Health Administration, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. He taught courses in health policy, managed care, human resources management, medical ethics, and healthcare management.
His research expertise is in the general areas of health insurance, cost and utilization of health services, public policy in health care, and the design and data collection associated with surveys. He has published over 30 articles in leading academic journals, including Health Services Research, Medical Care, Social Sciences & Medicine, Inquiry, The Journal of Healthcare Management, and Managed Care Quarterly. He is co-author of the seminal article on the behavioral model of health services utilization, the most widely cited utilization research model.
Immediately prior to his faculty appointment at Georgia State University, he was Director, Research & Development for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, as well as a consultant for the Medicus Systems Corporation. His previous faculty appointments include the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Commerce at DePaul University, the School of Nursing & Allied Health and the School of Medicine at Rush University, and the Graduate School of Business, the University of Chicago.
Professionally, he is active in the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association, member of the Editorial (Governing) Board of Medical Care, and previously Co-Chair of the Human Resource Management Faculty Forum of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and the American College of Healthcare Executives where he has served as a mentor. He is a former President of the National Rehabilitation Administration Association and past editor of theJournal of Rehabilitation Administration.