Mark B. McClellan

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Director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative | Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Mark McClellan speaks at the Fourth Annual Sentinel Workshop

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is a senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Within Brookings, his work focuses on promoting quality and value in patient centered health care. A doctor and economist by training, he also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research. Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care. Dr. McClellan chairs the FDA’s Reagan-Udall Foundation, is co-chair of the Quality Alliance Steering Committee, sits on the National Quality Forum’s Board of Directors, is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House, and was an associate professor of economics and medicine at Stanford University. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) at their heart are about aligning providers’ financial incentives with patients’ needs for better health and lower cost care. Unlike traditional third-party, fee-for-service insurance, which pays more for doing more, the payment models underlying accountable care pay more for achieving better care at lower cost.

    March 4, 2013, Mark B. McClellan, Wall Street Journal
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    It’s the biggest expansion of Medicaid in a long time, and the biggest ever in terms of adults covered. Although the federal government is on the hook for most of the cost, Medicaid on the whole is one of the biggest items in state budgets and the fastest growing. So there are some understandable concerns about the financial implications and how implementation would work.

    January 28, 2013, Mark B. McClellan, The Associated Press
  • In the News

    The steps that I think are most promising are really about changing payment methods to reward providers for better health outcomes.

    January 21, 2013, Mark B. McClellan, Financial Times
  • In the News

    Whoever wins the election, the (health care law) is going to be modified.

    September 26, 2012, Mark B. McClellan, The Associated Press
  • Expert Q & A | Mark B. McClellan

    The Future of the Affordable Care Act

    August 10, 2012

  • In the News

    If Republicans do win, they’re going to have to work on some other ways to get reliable coverage for people who don’t have employer coverage.

    April 1, 2012, Mark B. McClellan, Politico
  • Interview | American Health & Drug Benefits

    Accountable Care Organizations in the Era of Healthcare Reform

    August 2010

  • Interview | Washington Post

    The Affordable Care Act Is an Important Step

    March 2010

  • In the News

    "The health-care problems facing this country are urgent and large, and we need to do something about them"

    October 6, 2009, Mark B. McClellan, Washington Post

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