As the GIC begins implementation of its Integrated Risk Bearing Organization Initiative to help members get the right care at the right place while also containing costs, it will have the expertise of two new Commissioners recently appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. Katherine Baicker, Professor of Health Economics at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, and Ray Campbell, a health and governmental data and analytics consultant, recently filled two seats on the Commission. Their expertise will be helpful as the GIC seeks to change the health care marketplace to achieve the triple aim of better health care, better population health, and lower per capita costs.
“Ensuring that members get as much health from the benefits provided as possible, while ensuring financial stability for the years to come, is critical to the program’s long term viability,” said Commissioner Baicker. “More integrated care will help members get the right care from the right provider more quickly.” Commissioner Campbell said, “Data and analytics will be core competencies in the shift to more coordinated care and will help improve that care.”
Commissioner Baicker fills the Commission’s health economist seat. In addition to teaching at Harvard, she is a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. She serves on a number of boards and commissions, including AcademyHealth, where she has been Chair of the Board of Directors for two years, on Health Affairs’ editorial board, on the Journal of Health Economics editorial board, on the Congressional Budget Office’s panel of health advisers, and a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. She has published extensively on a variety of health economics issues, including expanding insurance coverage and improving the value of care delivered. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard School of Public Health, she was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of President Bush and on the faculty at Dartmouth College. She earned her PhD in Economics from Harvard University and her BA in Economics from Yale University.
Commissioner Campbell is a lawyer and consultant and has held a number of senior positions in the public and non-profit sectors. For seven years, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, the non-profit organization that uses data to inform health policy decisions. Prior to this he was the Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications. He also worked in state government as the General Counsel for the Information Technology Division and as the Director of Special Projects for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. He has a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from Suffolk University, and his B.A. from Bates College.
“The GIC has a long history of driving innovations in health care finance and delivery and I am particularly pleased to join the GIC at such an exciting time,” said Commissioner Campbell. Commissioner Baicker said, “I am looking forward to serving on the Commission and working to provide members and the Commonwealth with high value and high quality care.” We extend a warm welcome and appreciation to our newest members for their time and commitment.
This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission