Board of Directors
David Chin, MD, Chair
Dr. Chin has more than 28 years of senior management experience in academic medical centers, managed care payers and large medical group practices. Dr. Chin is also a Distinguished Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Before joining Hopkins, David was a senior national partner and leader of the Academic Medical Center Practice in the US Healthcare Industries Advisory Practice of PwC and former leader of PwC’s Global Healthcare Research Institute.
Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was president of the Novalis Corporation, a privately held company that franchised HMOs on a turnkey basis. He also served on the Board of Baxter International, Inc. Prior to those positions, he was President and Medical Director of the Health Centers Division of the Harvard Community Health Plan, a staff model HMO providing health care to residents in eastern Massachusetts.
David holds a BA from Harvard College, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MBA from Stanford Business School, as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.
Thomas J. Betlach
Since 2009, Mr. Betlach has served as Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s single state Medicaid agency. Mr. Betlach reports to the Governor on the AHCCCS program, which currently provides health care coverage to 1.9 million Arizonans at an annual cost of $12 billion.
Through his leadership, Arizona: launched the first integrated health plan for persons with serious mental illness; leads the nation in duals alignment; is streamlining justice system transitions to health care; remains one of the lowest cost long term care programs nationally; has maintained high levels of home and community based placement for persons with long term care needs; created an integrated specialty plan for children with special health care needs; and modernized operational processes and systems, including enhancing data analytics in Medicaid.
Mr. Betlach is the former President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, serves on the Board for NCQA, is a member of the CBO Panel of Health Advisers, a member of the Guiding Committee for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a member of the Steering Committee for the Reforming States Group, is a Board member of the NASMHPD Research Institute and is Treasurer for Health Current.
Mr. Betlach earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Master's in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.
Benjamin Chu, MD
Dr. Chu, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, is a nationally recognized leader in the health care industry, with more than four decades of health care and leadership experience as a physician, administrator and policy advocate. In 2016, Dr. Chu became the first physician to lead Memorial Hermann Health System.
Previously, Chu was the Executive Vice President of Oakland, California based Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans and a group president of Kaiser's Southern California and Georgia regions. At Kaiser, Chu led health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and over 200 medical offices that serve over 4.5 million members in Southern California and Georgia. During his tenure at Kaiser, Chu implemented a fully integrated electronic health record system and population health management tools for improving outcomes for patient care. He managed a multiyear, $13 billion capital program and increased the health plan's membership to 10.5 million.
Chu also previously served as President of New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, and in 1994, served as acting Commissioner of Health for the New York City Health Department. He was also the Senior Associate Dean at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as Associate Dean and Vice President of clinical affairs at New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center.
Throughout his career, Dr. Chu has been recognized nationally for his innovative thought leadership in the health care industry. In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He was also recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in 2015, and in previous years, as one of its 100 Most Influential People.
John Glaser, PhD
As the senior vice president of Population Health, John Glaser is focused on driving Cerner’s population health technology and product strategies. He is a member of the Cerner Executive Committee.
He impacts clients by devoting his career to advancing health care through innovation and commits to helping clients maximize their investment in health care information technology.
John joined Cerner in 2015 as a part of the Siemens Heath Services acquisition, where he was CEO. Prior to Siemens, John was vice president and CIO at Partners HealthCare; he also previously served as vice president of information systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
John was the founding chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the past-president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He has serve on several industry and corporate boards including; eHealth Initiative, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), NCQA, Press Ganey, PatientPing and InTouch Health. He is a fellow of CHIME, HIMSS and the American College of Medical Informatics. He is a former senior advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
John received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written over 200 articles and three books on the strategic application of IT in health care, including the most widely used textbook on the topic, “Healthcare Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care.” John is on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Medical University of South Carolina, the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and the Harvard School of Public Health.
George C. Halvorson
George C. Halvorson is the past chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, headquartered in Oakland, California. Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest nonprofit health plan and hospital system, serving about 8.6 million members and generating $42 billion in annual revenue.
Halvorson serves on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, the American Hospital Association’s Advisory Committee on Health Reform and the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. He serves on the board of the America’s Health Insurance Plans and the board of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Halvorson chairs the International Federation of Health Plans and co-chairs the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care.
Halvorson has written several health care reform books, including the recently released Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User’s Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care. He also wrote Health Care Reform Now!, Health Care Co-ops in Uganda, Strong Medicine and Epidemic of Care as guidebooks for health care reform. Halvorson served as an advisor to the governments of Uganda, Great Britain, Jamaica and Russia on issues of health policy and financing. His strong commitment to diversity and inter-ethnic healing has led him to his current writing project, a new book about racial prejudice around the world.
Jeffrey L. Kang, MD is President of ChenMed, a physician group practice that takes care of low to moderate income elderly and receives capitated risk payments from Medicare Advantage plans for all of its patients' care.
Before joining ChenMed in November 2015, Dr. Kang was Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Services and Solutions for Walgreens for three years, and Chief Medical Officer at CIGNA for nine years. Previously, Dr. Kang joined the Clinton Administration in 1994 as a White House Fellow and then subsequently served as the chief clinical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 1995 to 2002. While with CMS, he was responsible for Medicare technology assessment and coverage policy, setting quality standards for Medicare participating hospitals and facilities and leading CMS’ quality measurement, improvement and patient safety activities.
Dr. Kang is an internist and geriatrician whose career began in 1984 as the Executive Director of the Urban Medical Group, a non-profit, private group practice specializing in the care of the frail elderly and disabled.
Dr. Kang received his MD from University of California at San Francisco and his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his duties at Walgreens, Dr. Kang is currently a Board Member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
David Kendrick, MD
Dr. David Kendrick is the principle investigator and CEO of the MyHealth Access Network, a Beacon Community. MyHealth is focused on improving health in Oklahoma and beyond by implementing a community-wide infrastructure for healthcare IT. MyHealth is focused on providing advanced health information exchange, community-wide care coordination tools, and a robust decision support platform to support providers striving to provide high quality care in the face of overwhelming data availability.
David is also an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and the Kaiser Chair of Community Medicine at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine (SOCM). In addition, he serves the University’s Health Sciences Center as the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and serves as the Chair of the Department of Community Medical Informatics. In this capacity, David is charged with defining and implementing healthcare information systems strategy for the SOCM and the community it serves. In particular, Dr. Kendrick is developing systems required to support patient-centered medical homes and to connect them with one another in ways that measurably improve the lives of patients and ultimately the health and quality of life of the entire community. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance), and convening faculty for the CPCi (Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative).
Leeba Lessin is President and CEO of CareMore Health System, a delivery system and Medicare Advantage Plan focused on the Medicare population. Through CareMore’s unique model of care, focusing on advanced preventive care for chronic conditions and high touch care for frail individuals, CareMore’s members benefit from the superior clinical outcomes of the CareMore model. CareMore members reside in California, Nevada, Arizona and Virginia.
Before joining CareMore, Leeba held several executive positions at PacifiCare Health Systems, including President of Southern California and President of PacifiCare Oregon. Other roles have included President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Health Systems, a primary care physician system in California's central coast, and Principal of Lessin Management Associates, providing strategic consultation services to medical groups and managed care organizations.
In addition to her health care leadership, Leeba is involved in the Whittier Area Literacy Council and is on the Board of Advisors for Westmont College. She is working with friends to launch Art Forms Whittier, a fine and performing arts development program for Whittier-area youth.Leeba received her BA degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Ralph Muller is Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System – a world-renowned academic medical center-based health system with hospitals that are consistently ranked among the top in the United States. As a $7 billion enterprise with 38,000 staff caring for more than 5 million patients annually, UPHS provides comprehensive patient services across its 6 acute care hospitals, regionally distributed multi-specialty care facilities, home care, rehabilitation, women and babies hospital, hospice, nursing home care, and urgent care. UPHS is a fully integrated health system with a single electronic medical record across all its sites and over 5,000 physicians to deliver coordinated care to patients at all its care settings. The Health System is at the forefront in innovation, both in developing and translating new discoveries to improve patient care and in training the next generation of physician leaders. UPHS is a world leader in new innovative immunotherapies that is revolutionizing cancer treatment. UPHS is also bringing new medical advances to patients, including one of the largest proton therapy centers in the world and innovations in hand transplants.
Prior to joining UPHS in 2003, he was, from 1985 to 2001, the President of The University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System. In 2001-2002, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in London, U.K.
In 1985-86 Mr. Muller also served as the Deputy Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Previously, he had been Budget Director at the University.
Before joining the University of Chicago, Mr. Muller held senior positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, where he was the chief operating officer responsible for the state’s major welfare programs, including Medicaid.
Mr. Muller received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in government from Harvard University.
Mr. Muller has served and currently serves on the boards of several national healthcare organizations. He is a Director of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Vizient and ECRI. He has served as Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Commissioner of The Joint Commission (TJC), Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH), Chairman of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and Chairman of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC).
He is an elected Member of the National Academies of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Debra L. Ness
Debra L. Ness, M.S., is president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Before becoming president in 2004, she served as executive vice president of the National Partnership for 13 years. Her leadership has helped make the organization a highly respected and influential force that is working to advance its vision of a country where every person has equal opportunity and all individuals live free from discrimination — where workplaces are fair and family friendly, reproductive rights are secure, and all people have access to quality, affordable health care and real economic security.
Ness’ leadership is nimble and well-tested. She has persuaded friendly state and federal governments to advance initiatives that make life better for women and families, and helped lead a highly effective resistance when opponents hold power. Under her stewardship, the National Partnership has transformed the nation’s workplaces. Today, 40 jurisdictions have adopted laws that allow workers to earn paid sick days, hundreds of corporations and five states have put paid family and medical leave programs in place, and dozens of states have adopted strong laws that prohibit and punish pregnancy discrimination.
Ness is an innovative and sought-after health policy strategist who has helped shape the programs that are making health care in this country more accessible and affordable, while improving health outcomes and delivering better quality, more patient- and family-centered care. She has fostered collaboration across a wide range of health care providers and payers and is nationally recognized for advancing consumer and patient perspectives in health care transformation. Her skilled advocacy for the unique health care needs of women and diverse populations has created unprecedented, formidable, durable alliances.
She serves on the boards of some of the most prominent and powerful organizations working to advance justice and improve health care. Ness serves on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) and co-chairs its Health Care Task Force. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). She is a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She is one of the first public members of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (HCPLAN) and co-chairs the HCPLAN Consumer & Patient Affinity Group, among many other influential boards and bodies.
Ness graduated summa cum laude from Drew University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. After completing graduate work in social welfare and public health policy, she received her Masters of Science from Columbia University School of Social Work. She worked in numerous capacities at the Service Employees International Union, first as director of adult education and career development efforts, and later conducting strategic planning and organizational development programs for local unions. She headed field operations for NARAL, where she worked to revitalize the organization’s grassroots political capability and affiliate network, before becoming its deputy director in 1989 and helping transform the organization into a major force in electoral politics.
Joseph Newhouse, PhD
Joseph P. Newhouse, PhD, is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, and Director of the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy. He is a member of the faculties of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University and an honorary doctoral degree from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Following his Bachelors degree, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Dr. Newhouse spent the first twenty years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. From 1981 to 1985 he was Head of the RAND Economics Department.
In 1981 he became the founding editor of the Journal of Health Economics, which he edited for 30 years. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Economics and a past member of the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. In 1977 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served two terms on its governing Council. In 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past President of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), now AcademyHealth, of the International Health Economics Association, and was the inaugural President of the American Society of Health Economists. He is a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Committee. He has served as the vice-chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which reviews Medicare payment policy and makes recommendations to the Congress. This Commission resulted from the 1997 merger of two predecessor commissions, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission and Physician Payment Review Commission. Newhouse chaired the former and served as a Commissioner on the latter. From 2007-2012 he served on the CBO Board of Health Advisers, from 2006-2012 on the Committee on National Statistics, from 2004-2012 on the Science, Technology, and Economic Policy board of the National Research Council, and from 1999-2003 as a regent of the National Library of Medicine. He is a director for the National Committee for Quality Assurance and was a director of Aetna from 2001-2018 and Abt Associates from 2001-2016.
In 2014 he won the Victor R. Fuchs Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Health Economists. He was the first recipient of the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize of the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1983, which honors persons under 40 who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management. In 1988 he received the Baxter Health Services Research Prize for an unusually significant contribution to the improved medical care of the public through innovative health services research, as well as the Administrator’s Citation from the Health Care Financing Administration. He received AHSR’s Distinguished Investigator Award in 1992 and the Hans Sigrist Foundation Prize for distinguished scientific achievement in 1995, along with the American Risk and Insurance Association’s Elizur Wright Award for a contribution to the risk management and insurance literature for Free for All?. In 2000 he and his co-authors received the first Zvi Griliches award for Are Medical Prices Declining? In 2001 and again in 2013 he and his co-authors won the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics for How Does Managed Care Do It? and The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment; the latter also won the 2013 HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth. In 2003 he won the Paul A. Samuelson Certificate of Excellence from TIAA-CREF for Pricing the Priceless. In 2009 he won the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Harvard Graduate School.
Len Nichols, PhD
Len Nichols, a health economist and policy analyst, is a professor of Health Policy and the director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University.
He is the former director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Before joining New America, Dr. Nichols was the Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute, and the Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton reform efforts of 1993-94. Previously, Dr. Nichols was Chair of the Economics Department at Wellesley College, where he taught for ten years. He also served as a member of the Competitive Pricing Advisory Commission (CPAC) and the 2001 Technical Review Panel for the Medicare Trustees Reports. He was on the advisory panel to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Covering America project and has been a consultant to the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization.
Dr. Nichols received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois.
Margaret E. O'Kane, President
Margaret E. O’Kane is the founder and president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has received the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, as well as the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.
Modern Healthcare magazine has named O’Kane one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” 12 times, most recently in 2017, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” 3 times.
She is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund and is Chairman of the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions.
O’Kane holds a master’s degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Brent Pawlecki, MD, MMM
Dr. Brent Pawlecki is the Chief Health Officer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and is responsible for developing the company's global health strategy. In 2015 he received the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the National Business Group on Health®, recognizing his longstanding dedication to workplace health.
Prior to joining Goodyear, Dr. Pawlecki was the Corporate Medical Director for Pitney Bowes Inc., overseeing all health related issues and services of the organization, including the Pitney Bowes' award-winning corporate clinics and wellness programs, and the Disability/Workers Compensation Department. Dr. Pawlecki initially joined Pitney Bowes as Associate Medical Director in 1999, and served as the Corporate Medical Director since 2007. In addition, he served as the corporate medical consultant and as Chief HIPAA Privacy Officer.
Dr. Pawlecki completed Undergraduate and Medical School at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. After finishing his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Connecticut at Bridgeport Hospital/Yale University, Dr. Pawlecki worked in the Emergency Department. He entered private practice on Long Island, NY, serving as Medical Director of a multi-specialty group, and was instrumental in expanding the practice from one to five locations. He then began working as the Medical Director of Occupational Medicine for a public 70-site physician practice management group.
He has completed the degree of Masters of Medical Management (MMM) at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the National Business Group on Health, New York Business Group on Health, and serves a Board member for the Campaign for Public Health.
Dr. Pawlecki joined the NCQA Board of Directors after first serving as a voting member on NCQA’s Committee on Performance Measurement, where he helped advance and approve many of NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures, and has served on the NCQA Employer Advisory Council.
Craig Samitt, MD
Craig Samitt serves as executive vice president and president of Anthem, Inc.’s Diversified Business Group. He is responsible for building partnerships within and outside of Anthem to provide new sources of growth for the enterprise and deepen Anthem’s relationships and impact across the healthcare ecosystem.
Dr. Samitt also serves as Anthem’s interim chief clinical officer. In this role, he oversees Anthem’s clinical operations including network and medical management strategies, corporate medical and pharmacy policy, health care management and quality and community health initiatives. He will serve in this capacity until a new Executive Vice President of Healthcare, Clinical and Network Operations is named.
Dr. Samitt is a nationally recognized healthcare policy expert and thought leader with more than 20 years of experience leading healthcare delivery and service organizations. Before joining Anthem in 2015, Dr. Samitt served as partner and global provider practice leader of Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences division; President and CEO for HealthCare Partners, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare; and President and CEO of Dean Health System, Inc. Dr. Samitt lectures extensively about the transformation of U.S. health care, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” and serves as an annual faculty lecturer at the Wharton School of Business.
Dr. Samitt serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and is currently serving a second three‐year term as a Commissioner for MedPAC. Dr. Samitt earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, medical degree from Columbia University, and Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from the Wharton School of Business. He completed medical residency in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Susan Stuard is an independent consultant who advises clients on issues related health policy, including state innovation programs; practice transformation models and implementation; multipayer reimbursement models; and regional population health planning. Current engagements include serving as multistakeholder faculty for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and developing the transformation strategy for two states’ State Innovation Model initiatives. Ms. Stuard serves on the Board of Directors for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), United Hospital Fund’s Quality Institute Advisory Board, and the board of directors of HealthlinkNY. She co-chairs the Integrated Care Workgroup for the New York State Health Innovation Plan and serves on the New York State Health Innovation Council. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Stuard led, THINC, a nonprofit convening organization that established research-based criteria to enhance health care quality and value in the Hudson Valley. Under Ms. Stuard’s leadership, THINC championed a multipayer physician practice transformation project that rewarded practices that achieved NCQA patient-centered medical home certification. Prior to THINC, Ms. Stuard was the director for technology policy development at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she managed health information exchange projects and developed the hospital’s position relative to legislation and regulation of health information technology. Ms. Stuard was also the vice president of regulatory affairs for the Greater New York Hospital Association. She has also held regulatory affairs and hospital operation roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Ms. Stuard holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.
Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP, FAPA
Dr. Wrenn is an associate professor, psychiatrist, and health policy/mental health services researcher at Morehouse School of Medicine where she serves as Director of the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Wrenn’s passion and overall research aim is to help create environments where individuals adversely impacted by trauma will face a path forward that makes it easier for them to recover and build a good life. Dr. Wrenn has helped to advance integration in several large health systems and individual practices of all sizes and serves as an advisor for several local, regional, and national health-related organizations.