Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Healthcare economics and policy; healthcare industry reform, Medicare
Dr. 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.
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A.
City College of New York, B.B.A.
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)
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