Stephen A. Warnke, Esq. (Chair)
"What drew me to the healthcare bar was that it’s an area of private practice in which I, as a lawyer, can be intimately involved in matters of pressing policy significance, representing private clients but doing so in a way that advances the public good. The healthcare industry is in a state of perpetual flux and perpetual crisis, so there is never a moment when you can profess to have complete command of all the technical details. The challenge for lawyers who represent healthcare clients is therefore constantly evolving, and, of course, always fascinating."
Stephen A. Warnke is a partner at Ropes & Gray and leads the firm’s Healthcare Group. His practice focuses on healthcare regulation, enforcement, compliance and policy matters, with a particular emphasis on Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs, as well as clinical research compliance. Mr. Warnke has focused knowledge in the New York regulatory, reimbursement and enforcement landscape, having practiced in New York for over 15 years and before that served in a policy position in New York City government.
"I have always believed that the best consumer is the educated consumer. Access to cost information that’s transparent, reliable and accurate is such an effective tool in helping consumers make better healthcare choices and decisions. When consumers are armed with the right information, we can make better choices. We’re able to demand high-quality service from our providers and we become active participants in our own healthcare. And that’s especially important because we really are the best ones to advocate for ourselves."
NancyMarie Bergman joined the Board as a direct result of her personal experience with the healthcare system and has been an outspoken advocate for healthcare cost transparency. She co-owned and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the medical staffing business Bells Nurses Registry and Employment Agency, Inc., which provides temporary medical staffing for hospitals in the New York metropolitan area. Ms. Bergman worked as the Marketing Director and Firm Administrator for BDO, the international accounting and consulting firm, in their Long Island office. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Advancement for Commerce and Technology on Long Island and has engaged in fundraising for the Mental Health Association, WLIW Television, St. Frances Hospital and Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island. As a breast cancer survivor, she is involved in many Nassau and Suffolk County breast cancer coalitions.
"I’m actually one of the few people who think that employer-sponsored coverage is a strong institution and is not likely to disappear any time soon. It offers many advantages even compared with the health insurance exchanges. There is a good reason, especially in very large companies, to retain employer-sponsored health insurance, but I can see it fading out among the smaller firms over time. Employers are pretty innovative, so we will continue to see changes in the way employer-sponsored coverage operates. We don’t entirely know what those trends are going to be yet and I am not enthusiastic about predicting, so we’ll see."
Sherry Glied, PhD, is the Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989 to 2012, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, serving as Chair of the department from 1998 to 2009. In June 2010, Dr. Glied was confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, a position she occupied until August 2012. From 1992 to 1993, she served as Senior Economist for healthcare and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Board of AcademyHealth and has been a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers.
Christopher F. Koller
"As a society, we need to consider the role of price transparency as opposed to charge transparency, and the role of public organizations, trusted community-wide efforts, national nonprofit resources like FAIR Health and private initiatives in making that price information more readily accessible to different stakeholders-consumers, providers, researchers and others."
Christopher F. Koller is President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, an endowed operating foundation founded in 1905 and based in New York City. The Fund improves population health by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best evidence and experience. The Fund also publishes The Milbank Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health policy. Previously, Mr. Koller served the State of Rhode Island as the country’s first Health Insurance Commissioner (2005-2013). The office received national recognition for its rate review process and its efforts to promote payment reform, primary care revitalization and delivery system transformation. Earlier, Mr. Koller was the CEO of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island for nine years and the founding Chair of the Association of Community Affiliated Plans. He was a member of the IOM Committee on Essential Health Benefits and serves in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is Adjunct Professor of Community Health in the School of Public Health at Brown University.
Peter J. Millock
"What surprises me most is that the issues have not changed. The three primary issues in healthcare—quality of healthcare, access to healthcare and cost of healthcare—have been the same issues for the last 30 years. The challenges today involve long-standing problems that have not been addressed through law, policy or private initiative. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an effort to address access, but says very little about quality and cost. The ACA is the greatest achievement in healthcare policy in 30 years, but it is far from a panacea."
Peter J. Millock is a partner at Nixon Peabody and focuses his law practice on affiliations and networks of physicians, hospitals and other health and mental health providers; regulatory and enforcement matters before state agencies; and legislative lobbying on healthcare issues. Between 1980 and 1995, Mr. Millock served as General Counsel at the New York State Department of Health. In 1993, he served on the President’s Task Force on Healthcare Reform as a member of the Legal Audit Team. Mr. Millock also is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Albany, School of Public Health.
"Nothing has been more rewarding than taking care of patients and sharing their lives—that was a real privilege and I feel very fortunate to have had that opportunity. The greatest privilege in terms of my professional career, though, was leading the AMA at a time when there was clearly an opportunity to move toward health insurance for all Americans."
Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Dr. Nielsen is a Past President of the American Medical Association (AMA), and was the AMA representative on many quality initiatives, including the National Quality Forum, the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) and the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. She also served as a Board member of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company and Kaleida Health and as a Trustee of the SUNY system. She is currently a Board member of the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, the Great Lakes Health System and Livanta, one of two Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations with whom CMS contracts. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
James Roosevelt Jr.
“As a volunteer hospital board member, healthcare lawyer and a health plan executive, I have had the opportunity to work on all sides of the healthcare world. That experience has taught me the importance of good, impartial data. My community activism and government service have shown me how access to information improves peoples lives. The chance to work with an organization that focuses on accuracy, value and fairness in healthcare payment is a rare coalescing of personal background and professional goals. I look forward to supporting that work and raising its profile.”
James Roosevelt, Jr. is Counsel at Verrill Dana LLP in Boston. He served for more than 10 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Health Plan. A former Board member of America’s Health Insurance Plans, he currently chairs the organization’s Policy and Regulatory Committee. Previously, Mr. Roosevelt chaired the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans; he also served on the Board of the American Hospital Association and is a Past President of the American Health Lawyers Association. In 2016, Mr. Roosevelt was a distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2008, President-Elect Barack Obama appointed Mr. Roosevelt to his transition team to co-chair a review of the Social Security Administration.
"Those who specialize in civil rights have been extremely active around passage and implementation of the ACA because it is self-evident that gains for low-income Americans are, in effect, gains for minority Americans in the US. The ACA, of course, makes a seminal contribution to the problem. The Kaiser Family Foundation just published a study showing the disproportionately large impact of the Act on minority Americans, who are much more likely to be uninsured. To the extent that a central purpose of the Act is to create more equal access, its benefits for minority Americans should be seen as one of the greatest civil rights achievements of our time."
Sara Rosenbaum is founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University. She holds appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Law. Professor Rosenbaum is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and was a founding Commissioner and former Chair of the Congressional Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Among other honors, Ms. Rosenbaum is a recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services for distinguished national service on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries. As a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Clinton, she directed the drafting of the Health Security Act and oversaw the development of the Vaccines for Children program.
John W. Rowe
"I came to gerontology and geriatrics not through an initial focus on older people but from a science-based interest in the biology of aging. I developed a substantive, broad-based research program in aging and developed a clinical interest in geriatric medicine as a secondary focus. There are a lot of people interested in aging who tell you a story about their grandfather, but that was not me. I was initially interested in the molecules."
John Rowe, MD, is the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. From 2000 until late 2006, Dr. Rowe served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Rowe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation’s largest academic healthcare organizations. Earlier, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. Widely honored for his research and health policy efforts on care of the elderly, he was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and currently leads the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on An Aging Society. Dr. Rowe was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and Lincoln Center Theater. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Connecticut and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.