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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Recognizes Dr. Stuart Altman's Service to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Deborah Devaux to succeed Dr. Altman as chair of the HPC Board of Commissioners as of July 14th
For immediate release:
7/13/2022
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Recognizes Dr. Stuart Altman's Service to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Olivia James, Communications Manager

BOSTONToday the Baker-Polito Administration recognized Stuart Altman, Ph.D. for his decade of service as the inaugural chair of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) Board of Commissioners. As Chair, Dr. Altman was instrumental in creating a new independent state agency with the goal of monitoring health care spending in the Commonwealth and offering policy recommendations regarding health care delivery and payment system reform. The Administration also announced the appointment of a new chair for the HPC, Deborah Devaux, former Executive Vice President at Beth Israel Lahey Health.

“Dr. Altman’s leadership has been invaluable to the Health Policy Commission since its creation a decade ago,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Throughout his tenure, he has played a central role in limiting health care cost growth and prioritizing a health care system that delivers quality, affordable care for Massachusetts families. I am grateful for his considerable contributions to the Commonwealth as the inaugural chair of the HPC. We look forward to the continued impact the HPC will have in strengthening Massachusetts’ health care system going forward, under the leadership of incoming Chair Deborah Devaux and all the commissioners and staff.”

“For 10 years, Dr. Altman has overseen the HPC’s critical work in monitoring and improving the performance of Massachusetts’ health care system,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I appreciate his steadfast commitment to the HPC’s goal of better health care – at a lower cost – for individuals, families, and businesses across Massachusetts.”

Appointed in 2012, Dr. Altman brought decades of experience in health policy to his role as HPC Chair and used his expertise to identify opportunities to moderate cost growth and address other key issues facing the health care system. Since 2013, growth in health care spending in Massachusetts has been, on average, below the annual health care cost growth benchmark and lower than national growth trends nearly every year.

“It has been a privilege to serve with Dr. Altman since the very beginning as a board member of the Health Policy Commission.  His priority has always been to keep the residents at the heart of all of our deliberations and to ensure that the Commonwealth remains a health care leader while exposing health care cost drivers,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Dr. Altman has been a foundational asset to HPC’s mission to advance a more transparent, accountable, and equitable health care system.”

“I was so pleased to have been selected as the inaugural chair of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission,” said Dr. Stuart Altman. “With the help of my fellow commissioners and the incredible staff, I believe we have set the right path for our state to balance the financial needs of our exceptional health care system with necessary constraints on spending growth. It is especially gratifying to know that the activities and actions of the Massachusetts HPC are viewed by many as models to be followed by other states. I leave after ten years with much personal satisfaction. Thank you, Governor, for this opportunity.”

Governor Baker has appointed Deborah Devaux, who recently retired as Executive Vice President at Beth Israel Lahey Health, as incoming chair of the HPC Board of Commissioners. Deborah brings extensive experience in the health care, with long tenure in both hospital and health care insurance organizations within Massachusetts, including eighteen years as the Chief Operating Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Deborah has devoted much of her career to managing consumer health care costs and reducing health inequities.

“It is an honor to take up the role of chair of the HPC Board of Commissioners, and I am grateful to Dr. Altman for his leadership and commitment to the people of the Commonwealth,” said Deborah Devaux. “I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and HPC staff to carry the work forward, continuing to shape health care in Massachusetts that is more affordable and equitable for all residents.”

About the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) is an independent state agency charged with monitoring health care spending growth in Massachusetts and providing data-driven policy recommendations regarding health care delivery and payment system reform. The HPC’s mission is to advance a more transparent, accountable, and equitable health care system through its independent policy leadership and innovative investment programs. The HPC’s goal is better health and better care – at a lower cost – for all residents across the Commonwealth.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Recognizes Dr. Stuart Altman's Service to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

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