The Health Data Consortium announced Monday the addition of four new members to its board of directors, including one of the Obama administration’s former top Medicare officials.
After spending several years as the principal deputy administrator and director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jonathan Blum will begin serving a three-year term on HDC’s board effective Aug. 15.
During his term, Blum will offer his expertise in health care to help the consortium continue its leading role in health data innovation. Joining him in appointment to the HDC board are James Bradley, chairman of WellPartner; Susan Dentzer, senior health policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Nirav Shah, senior vice president and chief operating officer for clinical operations at Kaiser Permanente.
“The diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise of our esteemed advisors not only provide cross-cutting perspectives to guide Health Data Consortium’s efforts, but also reflect our commitment to convening voices from across the broader health care community,” Health Data Consortium CEO Dwayne Spradlin said in a statement. “With the leadership of the Health Data Consortium board of directors and advisors, our organization is well-positioned to lead the transformation of health care through the liberation and use of health data to improve outcomes, health care, affordability and accessibility for all Americans.”
Prior to joining CMS, Blum served as the vice president for Avalere Health in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the company’s Medicaid and long-term care practice. Blum started his career in federal government at the Office of Management and Budget as a Medicare program analyst; he then moved on to a professional staff role within the Senate Finance Committee.