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Altarum announces new members of the Board of Directors

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Altar today announced that Melanie Bella, Leader of Medicaid and Dual Eligibility, and Bruce C. Vladeck, Leader of Health Policy, Health Care Funding and Long-Term Care, have joined the Board of Directors of ‘Altarum from January 1, 2022.

“As we strive to improve equity and health outcomes, we are honored to have Melanie and Bruce on our board,” said Michael Monson, CEO and President of Altarum. “They have both demonstrated exceptional commitments to improving the health of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and we are delighted to work with them to advance our mission to improve the care of disenfranchised populations through the system. health.”

Melanie Bella is the Head of Partnerships and Policy for Cityblock Health, an innovative healthcare provider designed to deliver high-value personalized health services to low-income Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. She is also chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), a non-partisan agency that advises Congress, the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and states.

Prior to joining Cityblock, Bella was the first director of the Medicare-Medicaid coordination office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under his leadership, CMS designed and launched demonstrations across the country to test a new delivery system and payment models for doubly eligible registrants in community and institutional settings, bringing the number of registrations to around 400,000. beneficiaries. Prior to that, she was Director of Medicaid for the State of Indiana, then Senior Vice President of Policy and Operations at the Center for Health Care Strategies.

“Altarum has extensive experience in implementing innovative solutions to better serve low-income populations with complex needs,” said Bella. “This aligns with my passion for expanding the availability of integrated and value-based models of care for qualifying duplicates across the country and I am delighted to join as an administrator. ”

A nationally recognized health policy expert and advocate for improving and expanding health insurance for the elderly, people with disabilities and those with less financial resources, Bruce C. Vladeck has held leadership positions in healthcare operations, state and federal governments, and academic institutions. As a director of the Health Care Financing Administration, now CMS, he was the principal federal official responsible for Medicare and Medicaid. Of his many accomplishments in this position, he is most proud to refocus the organization on services to beneficiaries.

Other leadership positions held by Vladeck include the Deputy Health Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, the President of the United Hospital Fund, the Senior Vice President of Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the Acting President of the University. of New Jersey Medicine and Dentistry. He has been a full-time faculty member at Columbia University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and has held adjunct positions at Rutgers, Princeton, and the Aquin Theological Institute. He has also served as a director or director of numerous organizations including the Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Care for the Homeless, and March of Dimes.

Vladeck is currently a senior advisor to the Greater New York Hospital Association and LiveOn NY, a membership organization representing 3.2 million elderly New Yorkers and their caregivers. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Medicare Rights Center and sits on the Boards of Directors of Penn Medicine and Mary Imogen Bassett Hospital and as a consultant to several health care organizations. Widely published in professional literature, Vladeck’s book in 1980 Unloving Care: the tragedy of the retirement home remains the standard benchmark on nursing home policy in the United States today.

“There aren’t many organizations with the expertise to do the work Altarum does in long-term services and supports,” Vladeck said. “It is critical that we strengthen our direct care workforce and adapt current payment and service delivery models to better serve a rapidly growing senior population. I am honored to join Altarum as an administrator and to share this journey.

Altar is a non-profit organization that works with federal and state agencies and foundations to design and implement solutions to improve the health of people with fewer financial resources and populations disenfranchised by the system. health. We achieve measurable results by combining our expertise in public health and service delivery with technology development and implementation, training and technical assistance, process improvement, data analysis, research and evaluation. Our innovative solutions help evolve public health infrastructure and integrate public health and service delivery, improving value and health for all.