Nancy Kane

Adjunct Professor of Management

Department of Health Policy and Management

677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building Room 313
Boston, MA 02115-6096

Nancy M. Kane is an Adjunct Professor of Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She has won numerous teaching awards and supports case writing and advocates for teaching via the case method.

Educational Leadership

Dr. Kane directs the Master in Health Care Management Program, an executive leadership program created for mid-career physicians leading healthcare organizations. She teaches in Executive and Masters Degree programs in the areas of health care financial accounting and analysis, payment systems, and competitive strategy.

Dr. Kane also teaches faculty workshops in teaching and writing cases for public health education through executive education programs and in-house workshops. She won the national 2011 ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2006 Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award, the top award at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Public Health Practice

Professor Kane consults with a wide range of federal and state agencies involved in health system design, oversight, and payment, including serving two terms (2005-2011) as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an agency advising the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare Program, and as a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Health Care Cost Containment in 2009. She won the 1997 Taplin Award for Translation of Ideas into Public Benefit for her work on creating financial transparency of nonprofit hospitals and their community benefit activities.


Dr. Kane’s research focuses on the financial and strategic performance of health care organizations. Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • Assessment of the impact on competitor hospitals serving the same market when a nonprofit hospital converts to investor-owned status
  • Development of quantifiable measures of charitable activity, tax-exempt value, and financial performance of nonprofit health care organizations
  • Analysis of the financial and competitive performance of safety net providers (hospitals and health centers) before and after the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (see Working Paper on Safety Net Hospital Financial Performance in 2010)
  • Strategic adaptations of delivery systems to federal and state health reform legislation intended to contain cost growth and improve the quality of health care.


Dr. Kane earned her Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.