Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D., HFACHE, is dean and Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. An economist whose research primarily covers federal and state health policy, Dr. Altman has served in numerous positions. From 2000 to 2002, he was cochair of the Governor/Legislative Health Care Task Force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1997, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. For 12 years, he served as the chairman of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission. From 1971 through 1976, Dr. Altman was deputy assistant secretary of planning and evaluation/health at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. From 1977 through 1993, Dr. Altman was dean of The Florence G. Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University, and from 1990 through 1991, he was the interim president of Brandeis University. He is the chair of the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, a member of The Institute of Medicine, a member of the board of overseers of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, cochair of the Advisory Board to the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at The Heller School, and Honorary Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.