Brandeis University professor and healthcare economist Stuart Altman was appointed to the board of directors of Inspiris, Brentwood, Tenn., a privately held, for-profit care-management company focused on the frail elderly, chronically ill and disabled.
Altman, who has helped shape national healthcare policy under four presidents, also serves on the boards of publicly traded Lincare Holdings, Clearwater, Fla., a provider of oxygen, home medical equipment and other respiratory therapy services; and privately held Aveta, a for-profit Medicare Advantage enterprise based in Fort Lee, N.J. He is also a director on the not-for-profit boards of EmblemHealtha successor to HIP Health Plan of New York, which is trying to convert to for-profit statusand the 276-bed Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston.
Altman is the dean of the Heller School for Social Policy & Management and the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. From 1983 to 1996, he was the chairman of the congressionally mandated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, a predecessor to todays Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Modern Healthcare listed Altman among the 30 people who have had the most influence on healthcare over the past 30 years, and also named him for five years among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. -- by Cinda Becker
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