Experts
    • Internal Medicine
    • Health Policy
    Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute
    Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute
    • Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University School of Public Health

    Robert Berenson, is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. He is an expert in health care policy, particularly Medicare, with experience practicing medicine, serving in senior positions in two Administrations, and helping organize and manage a successful preferred provider organization. His primary research and policy interests currently are in the areas of payment and delivery system reform, market concentration, and performance measurement. 

     

    Dr. Berenson serves on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  In 2012, he completed service on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, including two years as Vice-Chair. From 1998-2000, he was in charge of Medicare payment policy and private health plan contracting in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, he served on the Carter White House Domestic Policy Staff.  Dr. Berenson is a board-certified internist who practiced for twenty years, the last twelve in a Washington, D.C. group practice, and while practicing helped organize and manage a successful PPO serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

     

    He was co-author, with Walter Zelman, of The Managed Care Blues & How to Cure Them, and, with Rick Mayes, Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care. He publishes frequently in journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. Dr. Berenson received his B.S. from Brandeis University and his M.D. degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health. 

    • James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence (School of Law) and Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care (Dell Medical School) at The University of Texas at Austin

    William M. Sage, MD, JD, an authority on health law and policy, teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence in the School of Law and Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care in the Dell Medical School.  From 2006-2013, he served as the university’s first Vice Provost for Health Affairs.  Prof. Sage is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (IOM), is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center on bioethics, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Health Affairs.   He has written over 200 articles and has edited three books, including the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law (2016). His research has been supported by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.  He was a tenured professor of law at Columbia until 2006, and has been a visiting law professor at Yale, Harvard, and Duke.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, medical and law degrees from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate from Universite Paris Descartes.  He has practice experience in both medicine and law, and in 1993 directed four working groups of the Clinton administration’s Task Force on Health Care Reform.

  • Jeff Goldsmith is President of Health Futures, Inc and National Advisor, Navigant Healthcare.  He is also Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. For eleven years ending in 1990, Jeff Goldsmith was a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, on health services management and policy. He has also lectured on these topics at the Wharton School of Finance, Johns Hopkins, Washington University and the University of California at Berkeley. Jeff Goldsmith's interests include: biotechnology, health policy, international health systems, and the future of health services.

     

    From 1982 to 1994, Jeff Goldsmith served as National Advisor for Healthcare for the firm Ernst and Young, and provided strategy consultation to a wide variety of healthcare systems, health plans, supply and technology firms. Prior to 1982, he was Director of Planning and Government Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Special Assistant to the Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine. From 1973 to 1975, Jeff Goldsmith worked in the Office of the Governor, State of Illinois as a fiscal and policy analyst, and Special Assistant to the State Budget Director.

     

    Jeff Goldsmith earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1973, studying complex organizations, sociology of the professions, and politics of developing nations. He graduated from Reed College in 1970, majoring in psychology and classics, earning a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study in 1971.

     

    Jeff Goldsmith was the recipient of the Corning Award for excellence in health planning from the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Planning in 1990, and has received the Dean Conley Award for best healthcare article three times (1985, 1990 and 1995) from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has written six articles for the Harvard Business Review, and has been a source for articles on medical technology and health services for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, Time and other publications. Jeff Goldsmith is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs.

    • Director at Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics

    Len M. Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since March 2010.  He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication with the media and policy makers for 20+ years, after he was Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration.   Since that time he has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published extensively and spoken to a wide range of hospital associations, physician groups, and health policy leadership forums around the country.   After OMB, Len was a Principle Research Associate at the Urban Institute, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, and Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation.   In addition to his positions at GMU Len is on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and was recently appointed by the Comptroller General to serve on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), created by the MACRA legislation of 2015.  Len was an advisor to the Virginia Health Reform Initiative and is now the payment reform advisor to the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.  As he has come to focus his research more on payment and delivery reform, Len was an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS in 2012, and is now the Principal Investigator on PCMH evaluation studies as well as more general ways to use payment and delivery reform to achieve triple aim and health equity goals.   Len’s first job was teaching economics at Wellesley College from 1980-1991, where he became Associate Professor and Economics Department Chair, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1980.  Len got his B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

    • Internal Medicine
    President & CEO, CareMore Health System; Consulting Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
    President & CEO, CareMore Health System; Consulting Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

    Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA is President at CareMore Health System, an innovative health plan & care delivery system with $1.2B revenue & over 100,000 members in 8 states.  He is also consulting professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a contributor at Forbes.  Dr. Jain was previously CareMore's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to joining CareMore, Dr. Jain was Chief Medical Information & Innovation Officer at Merck & Co. He also served as an attending physician at the Boston VA-Boston Medical Center and a member of faculties at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School.  From 2009-2011, Dr. Jain worked in the Obama Administration, where he was senior advisor to Donald Berwick when he led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Dr. Jain was the first deputy director for policy and programs at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He also served as special assistant to David Blumenthal when he was the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

    Dr. Jain graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in government and continued on to earn his MD from Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School.  He trained in medicine at the Brigham and Women's Medicine, earned his board certification from the ABIM, and continues to practice medicine at CareMore. He is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science & Innovation and is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and in journals such as the New England Journal, JAMA, Health Affairs, and the Harvard Business Review blogs and was an editor of the book, The Soul of a Doctor (Algonquin Press).

    Dr. Jain is a native of Bergen County, New Jersey, but presently resides in Los Angeles, California.