Appointment broadens reach of expanding care and care management company
BRENTWOOD, Tenn., March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- INSPIRIS, the Brentwood, Tenn.-based provider of care management for the frail elderly, announced today that well-known economist and health care policy expert Stuart Altman has been appointed to its board of directors.
INSPIRIS is an expert care and care management company focused on improving the quality of life for the frail elderly, the chronically ill and those with disabilities, while reducing the cost to Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and commercial health plans.
Altman comes to the INSPIRIS Board of Directors following a period of rapid growth and service expansion. In 2007, INSPIRIS added seven new service line contracts and began operations in the North/Central Florida Daytona and Philadelphia markets. INSPIRIS now meets the care and care management needs of qualifying members on behalf of multiple Medicare and Medicaid health plans representing more than 400,000 senior members in six states.
Altman is dean of The Heller School for Social Policy & Management and Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University. He has both a master's degree and doctorate in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught at Brown University and the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
"It is an honor to have an individual of Dr. Altman's stature and experience on the board of INSPIRIS," said Mike Tudeen, INSPIRIS' president and chief executive officer. "Dr. Altman has worked to help shape system reforms within Medicare and has long been a respected health care policy leader. We look forward to his significant contribution and oversight as he serves on INSPIRIS's Board of Directors."
A prolific writer of books and journal articles on health care payment systems and economic policy, Altman was listed in 2006 by Health Affairs as among the authors of the 25 Most-Read Health Affairs Papers and 25 Most-Read Health Affairs Papers Overall online. Modern Healthcare, Celebrating 30 years, listed Altman among the 30 people who have had the most influence on health care over the past 30 years; and also named him for five years among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. In June 2004, he was awarded the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award.
From 2000 to 2002 Altman was co-chair for the Legislative Health Care Task Force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1997, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He served as chairman of the congressionally-legislated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission for twelve years. ProPac was responsible for advising the U.S. Congress and the Administration on the functioning of the Medicare Diagnostic Related Group (DRG) Hospital Payment System and other system reforms.
Altman is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; a member of the board of Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston; and cochairman of the Advisory Board to the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University. He is chair of the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, a private non-partisan group whose mission is to analyze important economic aspects of the U.S. health care system and evaluate proposed changes in the system. He is also chair of the Health Industry Forum which brings together diverse group leaders from across the health care field to develop solutions for critical problems facing the health care system. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Aveta, EmblemHealth, Inc. and Lincare.
INSPIRIS is a unique health care management company focused on improving the quality of life for the frail elderly, chronically ill and those with disabilities, while reducing the cost to Medicare Advantage health plans. INSPIRIS partners with individual health plans to coordinate and provide care across the diverse settings where members need care, including post-acute, custodial, assisted living and hospice. For more information about INSPIRIS, visit http://www.inspiris.com.
For further reading about the INSPIRIS way: http://www.inspiris.com/newsarchive/IB_20061214.pdf.
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