Dr. Stuart Altman, Chair
Stuart Altman, P.h.D., is the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is an economist with approximately five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia.
Dr. Altman has served on numerous government advisory boards on both the federal and state levels. Between 1971 and 1976, Dr. Altman was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/Health at the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW). While serving in that position, he was one of the principal contributors to the development and advancement of a National Health Insurance proposal. From 1972 to 1974, he also served as the Deputy Director for Health as part of President Nixon’s Cost-of-Living Council, where he was responsible for developing the council’s program on health care cost containment.
For twelve years, from 1984 to 1996, he was the Chairman of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPac), which was responsible for advising the U.S. Congress and the administration on the functioning of the Medicare Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) Hospital Payment System and other system reforms. He was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. From 2000 to 2002, he was Co-Chair of the Legislative Health Care Task Force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dr. Altman is a published author of numerous books and journal articles, the most recent, Power, Politics and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle (2011). He has been recognized as a leader in the health care field by Health Affairs and by Modern Healthcare, which named him in 2006 among the 30 most influential people in health policy over the previous 30 years, and which from 2003 to 2011 named him one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care.
Dr. Altman earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA.
Statutory Requirement: One member, designated as chairperson, with demonstrated expertise in health care delivery, health care management at a senior level or health care finance and administration, including payment methodologies. (Appointed by the Governor to an initial term of 3 years)
Dr. Wendy Everett, Vice Chair
Wendy Everett, Sc.D., is the President of NEHI, a national health policy research institute focused on enabling innovation to improve health care quality and lower costs. She was appointed as the organization’s first president in July 2002.
Dr. Everett has more than 40 years of experience in the health care field. She has held executive positions at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) and at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She has directed national demonstration programs for The Robert Wood Johnson and the Kaiser Family Foundations. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Everett became a Director of the Institute for the Future, leading the Health and Health Care research team for six years and overseeing the creation of ten-year, national forecasts in health and health care.
Dr. Everett earned two bachelor of science degrees, and she holds master’s and doctoral degrees in health policy and management from Harvard University.
Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in the development and utilization of innovative medical technologies and treatments for patient care. (Appointed by the State Auditor to an initial term of 2 years)
Dr. Carole Allen
Statutory Requirement: One member who is a primary care physician. (Appointed by the Governor to an initial term of 5 years)
Carole Allen, M.D., is a retired pediatrician from Arlington, Massachusetts with 37 years of experience in general pediatrics. She spent the early part of her career practicing medicine at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Most recently, Dr. Allen was the Director of Pediatrics for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. A Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Allen has taught pediatrics to residents, medical students and nurse practitioners for more than 25 years. Last year she received the Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service from the Massachusetts Medical Society for providing “exceptional care and dedication to the medical needs of his or her patients and the general public.”
A member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Allen has also been involved in community activities related to public health and has a special interest in issues related to parenting of gay children and adolescents. Her anti-tobacco activism has won her the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards Paul Revere award for "outstanding dedication and leadership in tackling public health issues."
Dr. Allen earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University and her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. David Cutler
Statutory Requirement: One member who is a health economist. (Appointed by the Attorney General to an initial term of 3 years)
David Cutler, P.h.D., is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and holds secondary appointments at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health. David served as Assistant Professor of Economics from 1991 to 1995, was named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995, and received tenure in 1997. Professor Cutler was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences from 2003-2008.
Honored for his scholarly work and singled out for outstanding mentorship of graduate students, Professor Cutler's work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim. Professor Cutler served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and has advised the Presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry, and Barack Obama as well as being Senior Health Care Advisor for the Obama Presidential Campaign and a Senior Fellow for the Center for American Progress.
Professor Cutler is author of two books, several chapters in edited books, and many of published papers on the topic s of health care and other public policy topics. Author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, published by Oxford University Press, this book, and Professor Cutler's ideas, were the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, The Quality Cure, by Roger Lowenstein. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.
Professor Cutler earned an A.B. from Harvard University and his P.h.D. in Economics from MIT (1991).
Dr. Paul Hattis
Paul Hattis, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., is the Senior Associate Director of the MPH Program at Tufts University Medical School where he also is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. He has been a Tufts faculty member since 2002 and does teaching and research in the areas of US health policy, consumer engagement in health care reform, and hospital community benefit issues.
Prior to his joining Tufts University, Dr. Hattis served for 5 years as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Department of Community Benefit Programs of the Partners Healthcare System of Boston, MA. In his work at Partners, Dr. Hattis worked to advance the primary care and public health efforts of Partners Health System affiliated hospitals and neighborhood health centers.
In addition to his work at Tufts University, Dr. Hattis has been active as a lay leader in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization where he has served as co-chair of GBIO’s Health Care Team. Recently, Dr. Hattis helped co-author a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation that is being carried out collaboratively by Tufts Medical School and GBIO with the aim of educating a broad group of GBIO congregants on issues related to health care costs and the policy ideas tied to reducing their growth.
Dr. Hattis earned his M.D. and J.D. from the University of Illinois where he was part of the Medical Scholars Program. He also received a Masters of Public Health degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Hattis is board certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise as a purchaser of health insurance representing business management or health benefits administration. (Appointed by the State Auditor to an initial term of 3 years)
Richard C. Lord is President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM is a state-wide employer advocacy and service organization of more than 5,000 member companies. Mr. Lord joined AIM in 1991 and served as Executive Vice President for Legislative Policy where he was responsible for AIM’s public policy advocacy on health care, economic development, taxation, worker’s compensation and other issues of interest to employers in the Commonwealth. He has been President and CEO since 1999.
Prior to joining AIM, Mr. Lord served as Chief of Staff for the Committee on Ways and Means of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Committee is responsible for all legislation involving state funds and revenues, including the Commonwealth's annual budget and all tax related matters. Mr. Lord was employed by the Committee for six years, serving as the Budget Director before being promoted to the Chief of Staff position.
Rick is a 1977 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College where he earned a B.A. degree in Economics and Psychology.
Statutory Requirement: Secretary of Health and Human Services (Appointed by the Governor, Ex-Offico)
John Polanowicz serves as the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). In this role, Secretary Polanowicz oversees 15 state agencies in this role, serving in the Cabinet of Governor Patrick. He is an experienced health care leader, using his expertise to help Massachusetts increase our already nation-leading access to care, while also tackling the issue of costs. John’s compassion and thoughtfulness makes him a strong advocate for our veterans, families and individuals with disabilities across the Commonwealth.
Prior to his appointment, Secretary Polanowicz served as president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton since 2011, overseeing the largest hospital in the Steward Health Care System. He brings expertise working in a cutting-edge community health care system, serving tens of thousands of patients and families. He was also instrumental in positioning Steward as an accountable care organization to increase access and decrease cost for patients.
Prior to joining St. Elizabeth’s, Polanowicz served as president and chief executive officer at Marlborough Hospital for eight years. There, he bolstered patient care by establishing new service lines, building relationships with physician groups and investing in emerging technologies. He also led a financial turnaround that resulted in five straight years of positive financial results. Polanowicz previously served as vice president of operations at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Polanowicz is a former company commander in the U.S. Army, where he served in a Blackhawk Assault Helicopter Company during overseas military operations. He brings a deep understanding of issues facing our veterans and military families.
Secretary Polanowicz is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a MBA from Stanford University. He resides in Northborough.
Statutory Requirement: Secretary of Administration and Finance (Appointed by the Governor, Ex-Offico)
Glen Shor serves as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. He is responsible for managing state finances, including preparation of the governor’s budget recommendation, development of a state capital budget, managing budgetary activities across state government, and developing long-term fiscal policy. He also oversees the state agencies that provide core administrative services in the Commonwealth, including the collection of state taxes, the administration of IT services and the management of human resources in state government.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary in January of 2013, Glen Shor served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority. While at the Connector, Shor oversaw the programs, policies, operations and staff of the Commonwealth's official public health insurance Exchange – a cornerstone of the state's historic health care reform law of 2006 and the model for health insurance Exchanges nationwide under the landmark federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the Health Connector in June of 2010, Shor was a leading policy point person for Governor Deval Patrick in implementing health care reform in Massachusetts. As Assistant Secretary for Health Care Policy and Deputy General Counsel at A&F, he played a critical role in overseeing the early policy decisions of the Health Connector and the financing of health care reform. He also helped fashion the recommendations of the Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System, which sparked policy focus and market progress towards health care payment and delivery system reform in Massachusetts.
Before serving in the Patrick-Murray Administration, Shor was a senior policy director and Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, a senior policy aide and counsel to former U.S. Representative Martin T. Meehan and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, and a public interest attorney defending the constitutionality of our nation’s campaign finance laws in U.S. Supreme Court litigation.
Secretary Shor holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History.
Statutory Requirement: One member with expertise in behavioral health, substance use disorder, and mental health services. (Appointed by the Attorney General to an initial term of 1 year)
Marylou Sudders, M.S.W., is an Associate Professor of Macro Practice and chair of the Mental Health & Health Program at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. In addition, she serves as a mental health expert for the US Department of Justice. She has devoted her entire professional career to the issues of mental health and mental illness and protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children, families and adults.
Her distinguished public record includes service as the Commonwealth’s Commissioner of Mental Health for seven years overseeing the public mental health system and being a strong advocate for the needs of children and adults with serious mental health issues. Accomplishments during her tenure include the passage of critical legal protections: parity insurance coverage; fundamental rights for persons with serious mental illness; civil commitment reform, hospital interpreter provisions; and the creation of a children’s mental health commission. Upon her retirement from public service, she became President and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children (MSPCC), ensuring high quality community based services to children and families and advocating for their needs.
The recipient of many awards, Ms. Sudders was honored with the National Association of Social Workers highest national award for mental health policy and as social worker of the year by its Massachusetts chapter.
Ms. Sudders earned a B.A. with honors and Master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She is an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
Veronica Turner is the Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU, the state’s largest union of health care workers. Ms. Turner is also an Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council. She is a board member of the Commonwealth Corporation and a former board member of Jobs with Justice.
Ms. Turner has championed innovative joint-labor management work in facilities across the state to improve patient care – and is recognized as a rising star and leading voice within the local and national labor communities.
Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in health plan administration and finance. (Appointed by the Governor to an initial term of 4 years)
Jean Yang is the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Health Connector). In this position, she oversees the programs, policies, operations and staff of the Commonwealth's public health insurance Exchange - the linchpin of the state's historic health care reform law of 2006 and the model for health insurance Exchanges nationwide under the landmark federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Prior to being appointed Executive Director in January 2013, Yang served as the Health Connector's Chief Financial Officer, where she oversaw all aspects of financial management and control of the organization. In particular, Yang led the successful procurement of the subsidized Commonwealth Care program in Fiscal year 2012 and 2013 that led to a premium rate decrease of 12% over two years. In addition, she also played a key leadership role in the Health Connector's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with specific responsibilities in the Plan Management and Financial Management functions associated with an ACA-compliant Exchange.
Before joining the Health Connector, Jean was Director of Contracting Strategy & Analytics at Tufts Health Plan in Massachusetts, where she worked extensively on health care reimbursement issues and payer-provider collaboration initiatives. Jean started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and subsequently Deloitte Consulting, where she served a wide variety of clients in the health care industry. Jean graduated from Peking University of China and earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.