Andy Slavitt Named Penn LDI Distinguished Health Policy Fellow

Andy Slavitt Named Penn LDI Distinguished Health Policy Fellow

Former Acting Administrator of CMS with Penn Roots

Andy Slavitt, MBA, one of the most influential and prominent health care leaders in the U.S., has been named a Distinguished Health Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Penn LDI). Slavitt served as Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2015-2017, and is currently Board Chair of the non-profit organization United States of Care.

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Andy Slavitt, MBA, New Penn LDI Distinguished Health Policy Fellow

Through his decades of private and public sector leadership in health care, business and technology, Slavitt has led many successful initiatives that have affected millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system.

New collaborations
"I'm inspired by Andy's dedication to building a sustainable, high quality health care system that is available to all Americans. The Penn LDI Distinguished Health Policy Fellowship will give our community of health policy experts and students the opportunity to learn from Andy's experience in government and the private sector. We look forward to benefiting from his wisdom and embarking on new collaborations together," says Dan Polsky, Penn LDI Executive Director.

Slavitt also sees great value in joining Penn LDI's academic community. "Our greatest progress in health care must be ahead of us. Penn is clearly devoting the resources to bring all of the best thinking, teaching, research and learning together across medicine, science, policy and management. That needs to be harnessed with a commitment to do better for those who aren't getting their needs met, particularly vulnerable populations. With Penn LDI, I am hopeful I can contribute to this effort," he says.

Healthcare.gov turnaround
In his ongoing role with United States of Care, Slavitt is working with stakeholders at the state and federal level to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. While at CMS, Slavitt led the turnaround of Healthcare.gov and the successful execution of a number of large new programs -- the Affordable Care Act, the shift to pay-for-value payment models, and the implementation of MACRA. Andy's tenure was also marked by a cultural shift towards more engaged and transparent collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Penn is clearly devoting the resources to bring all of the best thinking, teaching, research and learning together across medicine, science, policy and management. That needs to be harnessed with a commitment to do better for those who aren't getting their needs met, particularly vulnerable populations

Andy Slavitt

J. Larry Jameson, Dean of Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, and chair of Penn LDI's Governing Board, heartily endorsed Slavitt's appointment, pointing to "the unique opportunity to work with and learn from one of our nation's most prominent health care leaders as we continue to respond to a changing health care environment."

Prior to CMS, Slavitt's work centered on improving the consumer experience and access to care, data use and transparency, and delivery system reform. From 2003 to 2013, he worked at UnitedHealth Group, eventually serving as the Group Executive Vice President for Optum, where he oversaw the delivery of clinical, technology and operational solutions to health care clients and consumers.

Entrepreneurial background
Slavitt has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and served as CEO of HealthAllies, a technology-based consumer health care company. HealthAllies served people who are uninsured or underinsured via an online marketplace for health care services. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.

Slavitt has been recognized as one of the 10 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Joining Penn LDI's 250+ Senior Fellows, and 100+ Associate Fellows, Distinguished Health Policy Fellows enrich the intellectual life of the Penn LDI community by sharing policy expertise and experiences with researchers and students. Slavitt will engage with Penn students, faculty, and alumni on campus and in Washington D.C., as well as guest lecture within Penn LDI's affiliated courses and education programs.

Established in 1967, Penn LDI was the first organization to marry the academic pursuits of a leading medical school and business schools. In the 50 years since, it has expanded its footprint to become Penn's hub for collaboration on health services research, health policy, and health economics.