William M. Sage, MD, JD, an authority on health law and policy, teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence in the School of Law and Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care in the Dell Medical School. From 2006-2013, he served as the university’s first Vice Provost for Health Affairs. Prof. Sage is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (IOM), is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center on bioethics, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Health Affairs. He holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford, as well as an honorary doctorate from Universite Paris Descartes, and has practice experience in both medicine and law. In 1993, he headed four working groups of the Clinton administration’s Task Force on Health Care Reform.

Before joining the UT faculty in 2006, Prof. Sage was professor of law at Columbia University, and has had visiting appointments at Yale, Harvard, and Duke. His edited books include the Oxford Handbook of US Healthcare Law, Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System, and Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care. He has written over 150 articles in publications such as JAMA, Health Affairs, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the law reviews of Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Texas, and Vanderbilt.

Recent Posts by William Sage

Common Law And Common Sense: The Supreme Court Redresses Patient Harm Under the False Claims Act

In Universal Health Services Co. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that failing to disclose non-compliance with a statutory, regulatory, or contractual requirement could render a claim false or fraudulent.

Out of Many, One: ERISA Preemption, State All-Payer Claims Database Laws, And The Goals Of Transparency

Because of the Supreme Court’s Gobeille ERISA ruling, Vermont and other states can’t go it alone on all-payer claims databases. But they can expect to work collaboratively with the feds on approaches serving both regional and national goals; we need not return to the “ERISA vacuum.”

New Health Care Symposium: Physicians And The New Health Care Industry—Benefits Of Generational Change

It would be a serious mistake to assume that medical professionalism and the expectations of the new health care industry are fundamentally incompatible, despite a few pessimistic, typically older voices. The people who will practice medicine in the future see the glass as half full.

Nothing (Still) Matters: ERISA Preemption Returns To The Supreme Court

After more than a decade without a major health care dispute involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 reaching the United States Supreme Court, the justices heard oral arguments last week on Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

December 7, 2015Insurance and Coverage

Hearts, Minds, And Health Care Reform

Thinking about the Affordable Care Act, King v. Burwell was not a difficult case. But sometimes one should feel a law and a Supreme Court opinion. So before getting back to work, let us pause to do so.

Competitive Harm From State Licensing Boards: First North Carolina Dentists, Now Texas Physicians?

On May 22, a federal judge heard arguments on whether a Texas Medical Board rule falls under a Supreme Court decision subjecting professional licensing boards with a majority of members from the regulated profession to antitrust lawsuits unless they are “actively supervised” by the state itself.

Four Words Or 17 Syllables: Predicting King v. Burwell In Haiku

Editor’s note: Watch Health Affairs Blog for more posts on King v. Burwell and the Supreme Court oral arguments in the case by Tim Jost, Grace-Marie Turner, Sara Rosenbaum, and others. The resolution of King v. Burwell boils down to a simple point. A majority of the Supreme Court is willing...

From The Supreme Court: A Strong Endorsement Of Health Care Competition

The Supreme Court has spoken by a 6-3 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing an opinion for the Court joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.  In a strong, clear voice, the Court upheld the enforcement of a major federal statute against a state...

North Carolina Dental Board v. FTC: A Bright Line On Whiter Teeth?

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners vs. Federal Trade Commission.  The case does not involve the Affordable Care Act, but it goes to the heart of the professional self-regulatory paradigm that has governed the...

FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals: Another Piece Of The Puzzling Marketplace For Health Care Innovation

It is too soon to tell whether deciding the fate of national health reform last year in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius has generally emboldened the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve legal uncertainties affecting the health care system. Nonetheless, 2012-2013 will be a busy...