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Kevin Pflum is a Managing Economist in the Healthcare Practice at Bates White. He has significant experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, including analyzing the competitive effects of consolidation, market monopolization, and monopsonization in physician, hospital, and health insurer markets. He has worked on merger cases within and outside of health markets that involve federal government agency oversight. He has also performed extensive research in the industrial organization of healthcare markets and has published in several top journals, including AEJ: Policy, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Prior to joining Bates White, Dr. Pflum was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, where he taught courses in industrial organization, managerial economics, and principles of microeconomics.


PhD, Economics, The Ohio State University

MA, Economics, New York University

BS, Mathematics, University of Victoria

Selected Work

Selected Experience

  • Supported expert working on behalf of the US Department of Justice in the agency’s litigation over the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
  • Assisted expert in analyzing the economic losses to a large quaternary care hospital that experienced an unexpected, temporary closure; the analysis examined the long-term impacts to inpatient and outpatient care. 
  • In response to a client’s request for modification to a State Order, provided analyses of the changes in the competitive landscape for hospital services and health insurance following the acquisition of a hospital system by a large health insurer.
  • Supported expert in analyzing the strategic behavior and interaction of a large hospital system and health insurer
  • On behalf of Humana, in connection with its proposed merger with Aetna, provided support with responses to the Department of Justice’s second request and analyzed competitive effects in the sale of Medicare Advantage products and, separately, health insurance exchange products offered under the Affordable Care Act.
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