Stuart H. Altman

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As one of the nation's leading experts in healthcare policy and economics, Stuart Altman has confronted some of the most critical problems existing in federal health policy. The Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Dr. Altman is an economist whose research interests are primarily in the areas of federal health policy. His work spans decades and covers most of the policy issues that have and continue to impact all areas of nursing and healthcare delivery, as well as point to the future of healthcare delivery in the new millenium.

In 1977, Altman joined Brandeis University as the Dean of The Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management, bringing with him the experience and insight to engage others in social change at the national policy level. Between 1971 and 1976, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. From 1973 to 1974, he also served as the Deputy Director for Health of President Nixon's Cost-of-Living Council, where he was responsible for developing a program on healthcare cost containment.

In 1997 he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He has also served as the Chairman of the Congressionally legislated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission for twelve years. Professor Altman was a senior member of the Clinton-Gore Health Policy Transition Team. He testifies often before various Congressional Committees, most recently on the 1997 Balanced Budge Act and its impact on Medicare spending for hospitals and the health care system.

Nine years ago Altman founded the nonpartisan think-tank, the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy. Sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and chaired by Altman, the council brings together a panel of distinguished healthcare analysts, who are involved in investigating key health research topics, including such controversial issues as medical malpractice, Medicaid reform and emergency room overcrowding.

Professor Altman has an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Economics from UCLA and taught at Brown University and the Graduate School of Public Policy at University of California at Berkeley. In addition, Dr. Altman has served on the Board of The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and on the Governing Council of The Institute of Medicine. He is the Chair of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored Council on the Economic Impact of Health System Change. The Council is a private non-partisan group whose mission is to analyze important economic aspects of the U.S. health care system and evaluate proposed changes in the system.

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