WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced that Mark E. Miller, Ph.D., executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), will join LJAF as vice president of health care. Dr. Miller’s appointment represents LJAF’s deepening commitment to increasing value in the nation’s health care system by improving the quality of care, while reducing costs. The Foundation’s New Ventures team, which focuses on issues that fall outside LJAF’s core programmatic areas, developed the Foundation’s initial health care strategy. It is focused on pharmaceutical drug pricing, health care payment reform, and accelerating the spread of proven, cost-effective approaches to improving patients’ health. Recognizing the urgent need for reform and greater opportunities for philanthropy to help address the underlying dysfunction in the system, LJAF recruited Dr. Miller to develop a comprehensive strategy for systemic change.
“Mark is the ideal person to lead this expansion of LJAF’s health care work,” said President and CEO Kelli Rhee. “His years of experience as the top advisor to Congress on Medicare policy have given him a rich understanding of the existing challenges as well as potential solutions. We are excited that he is joining the team and look forward to the ways that he will help to advance our mission.”
Throughout his career, Dr. Miller has played an integral role in helping to shape the federal government’s health care policy. As executive director of MedPAC, a nonpartisan agency that makes Medicare recommendations to Congress, he led a team of researchers in analyzing Medicare payment, quality, and access issues, and developing policy ideas based on that research. Prior to MedPAC, Dr. Miller held prominent positions at the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget. His work in government has been complemented by a distinguished career as a researcher. He has published widely on how to responsibly manage health care costs and better link care across government systems and agencies.
“I have closely followed the important work that the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is doing to reform our nation’s health care system,” Dr. Miller said. “I look forward to joining the Foundation, collaborating with team members to improve quality and reduce costs, partnering with practitioners in the field, and achieving our shared goal—positive, long-lasting change for patients and taxpayers.”
Dr. Miller’s first day at LJAF is December 4. He will be based in LJAF’s office in Washington, D.C.