News & Bulletins

The Hilltop Institute periodically posts news items and issues electronic bulletins to disseminate information about Hilltop activities and publications. Below are the three most recent. Go to the News and Bulletin Archive, below, to view previous posts.

Bulletin: Hilltop Executive Director Cynthia Woodcock to Retire

Hilltop Executive Director Cynthia Woodcock has announced her retirement from UMBC effective May 1, 2024. Hilltop has been her professional home since 2004, and she has served as Hilltop’s Executive Director since 2013. UMBC Vice Provost Antonio Moreira will lead a national search for Hilltop’s next Executive Director. Alice Middleton, Hilltop’s Deputy Director, will serve as Interim Executive Director after Cynthia retires on May 1 and until her successor is on board.

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Hilltop Announces the Price Transparency State Profiles, a New Free Public Resource

The Hilltop Institute is proud to introduce the Price Transparency State Profiles, an innovative public resource offering centralized access to hospital pricing data as well as links to state laws on hospital price transparency. In response to the Hospital Price Transparency Rule, enacted as of January 1, 2021, requiring hospitals to disclose machine-readable data files of standard charges on their websites, Hilltop’s initiative aims to make hospital pricing data more accessible and user-friendly to researchers, policymakers, and the public.

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Hilltop Comments on STAT Feature Story

Hilltop Executive Director Cynthia Woodcock, MBA, and Principal Data Scientist Morgan Henderson, PhD, provided comments in a feature story on STAT titled HCA Doctors Say Its Cost-Cutting is Endangering Appalachian Patients—A Warning for the Whole U.S. Health Care System. The article discusses the aftermath of HCA’s acquisition of Mission Hospital in Ashville, North Carolina. Woodcock and Henderson commented on issues related to Mission’s pricing for services since the acquisition.