Staff

 

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George Miller, Ph.D.
Altarum

George Miller has served on the technical staff of Altarum and one of Altarum’s predecessor organizations, Vector Research, Inc., since 1972. He is currently affiliated with Altarum’s Center for Value in Health Care, where he participates in the center’s efforts to track national health spending, understand the drivers of spending growth, and quantify a sustainable spending growth rate.

In other efforts, he has supported Altarum in applications of operations research to modeling and analysis of health care issues that have included topics in the value of prevention, disease management, medical responses to demand surges, cost-effectiveness of clinical interventions, beneficiary population forecasting, telemedicine, graduate medical education, medical logistics, medical staffing, medical facilities planning, and collections forecasting.

His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine; the Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Health Affairs; Medical Decision Making; Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research; Health Care Management Science; Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology; the International Journal of Disaster Medicine; the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety; Interfaces; Management Science; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics; and IIE Transactions. He frequently serves as a reviewer for several of these journals.

Dr. Miller has chaired numerous sessions at national meetings of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), served on INFORMS’s Long-Range Planning Committee, and served for 7 years (3 years as Chair) of its committee to select the recipient of the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services.

Dr. Miller received his BSE, MSE, and Ph.D. degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, where he subsequently served as an adjunct assistant professor.


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A. Mark Fendrick, M.D.
VBID Health

Mark Fendrick, a founding Partner of VBID Health, is Director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (www.vbidcenter.org), which he co-founded. Dr. Fendrick remains clinically active in the practice of general internal medicine, seeing patients weekly. He is also a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Health Management and Policy at The University of Michigan.

Dr. Fendrick is one of three U-M faculty that first developed and named the concept "Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID)." Through his leadership at the U-M Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, he has been acknowledged by Managed Care as a "leading authority" on the topic, which became part of the health care law in 2010. He is a leading advocate for development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health benefit plans.

Dr. Fendrick has authored over 200 articles and book chapters and lectures frequently on the quality and cost implications of medical care to diverse audiences around the world. He is the Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Managed Care and is an editorial board member for three additional peer-reviewed publications. His perspective and understanding of clinical and economic issues have fostered collaborations with numerous government agencies, health plans, professional societies, and health care companies. He serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. In 2009, he was named one of the "20 people who make healthcare better" by HealthLeaders Media for the creation and implementation of value-based insurance design.


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Beth Beaudin-Seiler, Ph.D.
Altarum

Beth Beaudin-Seiler, is a Health Care Research Analyst, with the Systems Research and Initiatives Group at Altarum. Since coming to Altarum, Dr. Beaudin-Seiler has worked on multiple projects concerning the defining and measurement of low value care, while providing support to multiple Centers within Altarum.

Prior to her position at Altarum, Dr. Beaudin-Seiler was a research associate for the College of Aviation at Western Michigan University, where she focused on human factors research and crossover work between high risk industries such as health care and aviation.

Dr. Beaudin-Seiler holds a Ph.D. in public affairs and administration from Western Michigan University.


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Michael Chernew, Ph.D.
VBID Health

Michael Chernew, Ph.D., a founding Partner of VBID Health, is a Professor of Health Care Policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He was one of the original creators of the VBID Concept and he co-directed the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (www.vbidcenter.org) with Dr. Fendrick before joining Harvard.

Dr. Chernew's research examines several areas related to controlling health care spending growth while maintaining or improving the quality of care. His work on consumer incentives focuses on Value Based Insurance Design, which aligns patient cost sharing with clinical value. Several large companies have adopted these approaches and Dr. Chernew's ongoing work includes evaluations and design of such programs. His work on payment reform involves evaluation of bundled payment initiatives, including global payment models that include pay-for-performance components. Related research examines the effects of changes in Medicare Advantage payment rates. Additional research explores the causes and consequences of rising health care spending and geographic variation in spending, spending growth, and quality.

Dr. Chernew is a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Health Advisors and of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT). He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2011, he served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Determination of Essential Health Benefits and, in 2010, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Chernew is the former Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. In 2000, 2004, and 2010, he served on technical advisory panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that reviewed the assumptions used by Medicare actuaries to assess the financial status of Medicare trust funds. On these panels, Dr. Chernew focused on the methodology used to project trends in long-term health care spending growth. In April 2015, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Dr. Chernew to the Massachusetts Health Connector Board of Directors.


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Chris Duke, Ph.D.
Altarum

Chris Duke is co-director of Altarum's Consumer Engagement Programs, which seeks to understand and promote how consumers’ individual preferences for care can inform their health care decisions. Dr. Duke is also a Senior Analyst with Altarum’s Survey and Patient Engagement Research Group. With a background in social psychology, statistics, and research methodology, Dr. Duke’s research specialty is in understanding how consumers seek and use health care information, patient engagement, and patient satisfaction. 

In collaboration with Wendy Lynch, Brad Smith, and Safeway Health, he helped develop the Altarum Consumer Engagement (ACE) Measure. The ACE Measure assesses how engaged patients are with their own health care and successfully predicts many health care-related outcomes, including current health status, health-related lifestyle behaviors, medication adherence, use of preventative care, and willingness to pay for care.

Dr. Duke is a researcher for several health care survey research programs, including for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and others. Research topics include how consumers seek and use health care information, patient engagement, patient satisfaction, HIV treatment practices, diagnostic laboratory medicine practices, and several other health care topics.

Dr. Duke earned his Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Exeter and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Berry College. Before coming to Altarum, he taught psychology and statistics at the University of Exeter as a graduate fellow.


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Paul Hughes-Cromwick, MA, CBE
Altarum

Paul Hughes-Cromwick is the co-director of Altarum's Sustainable Health Spending Strategies, where he has worked since 2002. He has been involved in health care economic and policy analyses since receiving his master’s degree in 1981. He leads outreach activities and business development for the group, which was established by Altarum in May 2011.

Before working at Altarum, Mr. Hughes-Cromwick worked for the University of Michigan School of Nursing; the Henry Ford Health System; the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; the State of Connecticut, where he was research director for the Connecticut Partnership for Long Term Care Insurance; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He was chairman of the board at Care Choices HMO in Farmington Hills, Michigan, until its sale and is currently on the board of trustees of Health Alliance Plan in Detroit, Michigan. He is a member of the American Economic Association; AcademyHealth; the American Public Health Association; and the National Association for Business Economics, where he serves as chairman of the Health Economics Roundtable.

Mr. Hughes-Cromwick has a B.S. in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in applied economics from Clark University, where he completed all nondissertation requirements toward a Ph.D. His areas of expertise include health economics, health policy analysis and forecasting, and health sector economic indicators.


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Lynn Quincy
Altarum Healthcare Value Hub

Lynn Quincy works on a wide variety of health policy issues, focusing primarily on the areas of consumer protection, strategies that provide better value for our healthcare dollar and health insurance reform at the federal and state levels. In 2015 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ms. Quincy launched the Healthcare Value Hub, a new center that helps advocates and others address high healthcare costs, lack of transparency and uneven quality. Her past work includes consumer testing of new health insurance disclosure forms and tax credit explainers, and advocating for better health insurance literacy. She presents regularly at professional conferences, provides expert testimony in state and federal settings and occasionally tweets.  Prior to joining Altarum, Ms. Quincy held senior positions at Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., the Institute for Health Policy Solutions and Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson). She holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.


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David Meltzer, Ph.D., M.D.
University of Chicago

David O. Meltzer, Ph.D., M.D., is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Chicago, where he is Professor in the Department of Medicine, and affiliated faculty at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. Meltzer has performed randomized trials comparing the use of doctors who specialize in inpatient care (“hospitalists”). He is currently leading a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in the doctor patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients. He led the formation of the Chicago Learning Effectiveness Advancement Research Network (Chicago LEARN) that helped pioneer collaboration of Chicago-Area academic medical centers in hospital-based comparative effectiveness research and the recent support of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Meltzer received his M.D. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Meltzer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Lusted Prize of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Health Care Research Award of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and the Eugene Garfield Award from Research America. Meltzer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has served on several IOM panels, include one examining U.S. organ allocation policy and the recent panel on the Learning Health Care System that produced Best Care at Lower Cost. He also has served on the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee, as a Council Member of the National Institute for General Medical Studies, and as a health economics advisor for the Congressional Budget Office.