John Berry began his career with the U.S. Department of the Army and spent the next fourteen years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a variety of management positions, including director of the Bureau of Program Operations for the Health Care Financing Administration. Since 1987 he has served Trigon as the chief operating officer for the Government and Individual Business Center, which manages Medicare Part A, Medicare Supplemental, the Federal Employees Program, Long-Term Care, and Individual Products.
Deborah J. Chollet is a vice president at the Alpha Center in Washington, D.C., where she leads a number of research projects analyzing private health insurance markets, state and federal health care financing programs, and nonprofit hospital and health plan conversions to for-profit. She also works with the Alpha Center’s technical support team for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Initiatives in Health Care Reform program, which provides assistance to states for designing and implementing major reforms that promote access to health care. Before joining the Alpha Center, Chollet directed the Center for Risk Management and Insurance Research at Georgia State University, where she also served as an associate professor of risk management and insurance. She has been a senior research associate at the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and has worked in the federal government as the executive director of the Advisory Council on Social Security and as a senior health policy researcher in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a member of the Association for Health Services Research, the American Risk and Insurance Association, and the American Economics Association. Chollet earned a B.S. in economics at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. [End Page 277]
Alexander K. Feldvebel is the health policy analyst for the New Hampshire Insurance Department, where he assists in policy development on a variety of issues concerning health insurance, including managed care, federal and state health insurance reform, consumer assistance, public insurance, coverage for the uninsured, and special-needs populations. Before taking this position in March 1998, Feldvebel served for two years as senior health policy analyst for the Office of Planning and Research at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, where he helped develop department policy on access to insurance coverage and health insurance purchasing. Before that, Feldvebel served for ten years as a staff attorney at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, specializing in health policy and law.
Deborah W. Garnick is a professor at the Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Her current research interests are reform to the market for health insurance in New Jersey; tracking the managed behavioral health care industry (drug and alcohol abuse services and mental health services); and directing an effort to develop performance measures for substance abuse services in managed care plans. In previous research she analyzed private firms’ insurance claims data to report on substance abuse services, worked with a multidisciplinary team to develop profiles of physicians’ practice patterns with a focus on quality of care, and served as an investigator on the Patient Outcome Research Team on ischemic heart disease. Before coming to Brandeis in October 1992, she was codirector of the Program on Health Care Financing and Insurance in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, she publishes, consults, and speaks often on the use of secondary data on health services utilization for conducting research, evaluating quality of care, and implementing managed care techniques.
Ann K. Gauthier is vice president at the Alpha Center. Since joining the center in January 1989 she has directed a wide range of health policy and demonstration projects concerned with health care financing and delivery issues of national significance. She serves as program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization Initiative. She is also a senior adviser for the foundation’s State Initiatives in Health Care Reform program...