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    Bruce Vladeck

    Bruce Vladeck, Ph.D.

    Bruce Vladeck is Senior Advisor to Nexera Inc., a wholly-owned consulting subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association, which he joined in June, 2009.  His long and varied career has included senior leadership roles in the public, non-profit, academic, and business communities.  He is a widely-recognized expert in health care policy and finance, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and health care for the homeless, and a much sought-after speaker and writer in all of those areas. 

    In the health care community, Vladeck is perhaps most widely known for his tenure as Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration from 1993 through 1997, a period that encompassed Health Reform, the Contract with America Congress and budget stalemates, and the Balanced Budget Act.  Vladeck’s time at HCFA was marked by significant innovation in statewide Medicaid programs through demonstration waivers; the development of Medicare prospective payment systems for hospital outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, and home care agencies; implementation of the first quantitative quality measures for managed care plans; major initiatives to combat fraud and abuse; and significant improvements in beneficiary services.  His work at HCFA was recognized in 1995 by a National Public Service Award.  He remained closely involved in Medicare policy in 1998-99 as a Presidential Appointee to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.

    After leaving HCFA, Vladeck spent six years at Mount Sinai Medical Center, as Professor of Health Policy and Geriatrics and Senior Vice President for Policy of the Medical Center.  In that latter role, he successfully undertook a wide variety of administrative assignments, from managing the medical school’s affiliation with New York’s public hospital system to acting as interim chair of the Department of Geriatrics.

    Vladeck joined Ernst & Young’s Health Sciences Advisory Services in 2004. He left that position for sixteen months in 2006-2007 to serve, at the request of Governor Jon Corzine, as Interim President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey after it had entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the US Attorney.  While at UMDNJ, Vladeck restored fiscal stability to the system, rebuilt its governance, compliance, and internal control processes, and laid the groundwork for restoration of full academic accreditation.

    A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan, Vladeck has held full-time faculty positions at Columbia University and Mount Sinai, and has served as adjunct faculty at Rutgers, Princeton, NYU, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine, and serves on the boards of the Medicare Rights Center and Ascension Health, and on the New York City Board of Health.


    High-Cost Beneficiaries: What Can States Do?: A Skeptic’s Observations

    Presentation Date

    Princeton Conference XIX: May 23, 2012

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