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Stuart Altman is a seasoned healthcare economist with decades of experience in the government, private sector, and academia. He has held several crucial political positions in his career. He has influenced education, legislation and healthcare in a big way. He is one of the most powerful people in health care.
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Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University, is an economist with approximately five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia.
Dr. Altman has served on numerous government advisory boards on both the federal and state levels. Between 1971 and 1976, Dr. Altman served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/Health at the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW). During that time he was one of the principal contributors to the development and advancement of a National Health Insurance proposal. From 1972 to 1974, he also served as the Deputy Director for Health as part of President Nixon’s Cost-of-Living Council, where he was responsible for developing the council’s program on health care cost containment.
From 1984 to 1996, he was the Chairman of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPac), which was responsible for advising the U.S. Congress and the administration on the functioning of the Medicare Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) Hospital Payment System and other system reforms. He was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of several for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
Dr. Altman is a member of The Institute of Medicine; a member of the Board of Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston; and Chair of the Health Industry Forum at Brandeis University. He is a published author of numerous books and journal articles, the most recent, Power, Politics and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle (2011). He has been recognized as a leader in the health care field by Health Affairs and by Modern Healthcare,which named him in 2006 among the 30 most influential people in health policy over the previous 30 years, and which from 2003 to 2011 named him one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care.
In addition to teaching at Brandeis, Dr. Altman has taught at Brown University and at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Dean of the Heller School from 1977 to 1993 and from 2005 to 2008.
Dr. Altman holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA.
Topics about which Dr. Altman has recently spoken include healthcare reform, the future of Medicare, Medicare policy, the future of healthcare, and cost containment issues in healthcare. He is a seasoned healthcare economist with decades of experience in the government, private sector, and academia. His most recent publication was a book entitled Power, Politics, and Universal Healthcare, which chronicled the history of healthcare reform in the United States.
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