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Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A.
City College of New York, B.B.A.
ExpertiseHealthcare economics and policy; healthcare industry reform, Medicare
ProfileDr. Altman is an economist whose research interests are primarily in the area of federal and state health policy. Among his many professional achievements, he served 12 years as Chairman of the congressionally legislated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPac) formed to advise Congress and the Administration on the functioning of the Medicare Diagnostic Related Group (DRG) Hospital Payment System and other system reforms. He is also Chair of The Health Industry Forum which brings together diverse group leaders from across the health care field to develop solutions for critical problems facing the healthcare system.
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Awards and Honors
Chairman, Health Policy Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2012)
Modern Health Care’s 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care (2010)
Distinguished Investigator's Award, Academy Health (2004)
100 Most Powerful People in Health Care, Modern Health Care (2003)
Co-Chair of the Government/Legislative Health Care Task Force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2000 - 2004)
Person of the Year, Medicine and Health, in recognition of "courageous stand" on the Medicare Commission (1999)
US BiPartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare (1997 - 1999)
American Association of Medical Colleges Special Recognition Award (1996 - 1997)
Honorary Fellow, American College of Health Care Executives (1996 - 1997)
Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (1996)
Chair, Advisory Board, MA Savings Lives Program, Commonwealth Fund (1988 - 1989)
President, National Foundation Health Services Research (1985 - 1986)
Chair, U.S. Congress Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC) (1984 - 1996)
President, Association for Health Services Research (1983 - 1985)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/Health Policy, U. S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, DC (1971 - 1976)
Altman, Stuart with E. Emanuel et al.. "A Systemic Approach to Containing Health Care Spending." New England Journal of Medicine Election 2012. (2012): http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsb1207996.
Altman, Stuart, with Rob Mechanic and John McDonough. "The New Era of Payment Reform, Spending Targets, and Cost Containment in Massachusetts: Early Lessons for the Nation.." Health Affairs 31. 10 (2012): 2334-2342.
Altman, Stuart. "The Lessons of Medicare's Prospective Payment System Show That The Bundled Payment Program Faces Challenges.." Health Affairs 31. 9 (2012): 1923-1931.
Altman, Stuart and David Shactman.. Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2011.
Altman, Stuart and Rob Mechanic. "Medicare’s Opportunity to Encourage Innovation in Health Care Delivery." New England Journal of Medicine 362. 9 (2010): 772-774.
Altman, Stuart and Rob Mechanic. "Payment Reform Options: Episode Payment Is A Good Place to Start." Health Affairs, 28. 1 (2010): w262-w271.
Altman, Stuart. "Legacy of Practicality, Compromise." Modern Healthcare 7. 39 (2010): 16.
Altman, Stuart and Michael Doonan. "Healthcare Insurance: The Massachusetts Plan." The Business of Healthcare: Improving Systems of Care. vol. 3, 2008
Altman, Stuart. "A cure for spiraling healthcare costs." The Boston Globe
Altman, Stuart. "We need his influence not his plan." Modern Healthcare (2007).
Altman, Stuart. Will the US Continue to Allocate a Greater Portion of the GDP to Healthcare?. Federal Reserve Board Boston Chapter. Boston: 2007.
Altman, Stuart. "A Message to Governor-Elect Patrick: Help Lower Private Health Insurance Premiums." The Boston Globe Op E
Altman, Stuart. "Can Massachusetts Lead the Way in Health Care Reform." New England Journal of Medicine (2006).
Altman, Stuart; Chris Tompkins and Efrat Eilat. "The Precarious Hospital Pricing System." Health Affairs 25. 1 (2006): 45-56.
Altman, Stuart; David Shactman and Efrat Eilat. "MIssions vs. Market: Could US Hospitals Go The Way Of US Airline." Health Affairs 25. 1 (2006): 11-21.
Altman, Stuart and David Shactman. "More Beds for Boomers." Modern Healthcare (2004).
Altman, Stuart; David Shactman and Efrat Eilat. The Outlook for U. S Hospitals: Forces Driving Spending Growth and Revenue Constraints and Their Implications for Israel. 2004.
Altman, Stuart, co-edited with Uwe Reinhardt, ed. Strategic Choices for a Changing Health Care System. Chicago IL; Health Administration Press, 1996.
Altman, Stuart, co-ed. Charles Brecher, Mary Henderson & K. Thorp, ed. Competition and Compassion: Conflicting Roles for Hospitals. Ann Arbor MI, 1989.
Altman, Stuart, with Joanna Lion & Judith LaVor Williams. Ambulatory Care: Problems of Cost and Access. Lexington Books, 1983.
Altman, Stuart, co-ed. Harvey Sapoksly Lexington. Federal Health Problems: Problems and Prospects. MA; Lexington Books, 1981.