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Economist Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D., Named 2014 Recipient Of The William B. Graham Prize For Health Services Research

Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D., has been named the 2014 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. The Prize, funded by The Baxter International Foundation and managed by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), will be awarded on June 19, 2014, during the AUPHA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The Prize recognizes the contributions of health services researchers who apply analytic methods to examine and evaluate the organization, financing, and/or delivery of health services, realizing that by improving the delivery of health services, the health of citizens is also improved. An independent committee of past winners, distinguished academics, and internationally recognized researchers selects the recipient each year.

A preeminent economist whose research interests focus primarily on federal and state health policy, Dr. 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 an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Economics from University of California Los Angeles and taught at Brown University and the Graduate School of Public Policy at University of California at Berkeley.

In 2012, following four decades of work focusing on healthcare costs, Dr. Altman was selected to chair the Health Policy Commission, Massachusetts’ new state board charged with setting healthcare spending goals and tracking providers’ progress toward reducing costs. Lynn Nicholas, chief executive of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, praised Altman as someone with ''big picture thinking'' and deep knowledge of the local healthcare market.

''The Graham Prize Selection Committee was enthusiastic in its recommendation of Dr. Altman for this distinguished prize,'' said Kyle Grazier, Richard C. Jelinek Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan and Graham Prize Selection Committee chair. ''Dr. Altman continues to study, contribute to, and lead national and state health policy. His recent appointment by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to chair the Board of the Health Policy Commission is only one example. Dr. Altman brings his economist viewpoint, on-the-ground experience, and strategic vision to push the country to make healthcare better in every way. He does this with the zeal and unending energy that has characterized his every contribution through the years. We are grateful that the Graham Prize exists to honor someone of the stature of Stuart Altman.''

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