The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) has named Anne L. Schwartz, Ph.D. as its new executive director. Dr. Schwartz joined MACPAC as deputy director for policy and analysis in October and has served as acting executive director for the past four months. She comes to MACPAC from the journal Health Affairs where she served as deputy editor.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Schwartz as a leader of our team. She brings 25 years of experience in health policy, great insight, and new energy to our efforts,” said Diane Rowland, MACPAC’s chair. “As MACPAC moves from its start up phase to dive deeper into the more complex policy issues facing the Medicaid and CHIP programs today, Anne’s background and analytic skills will be a tremendous asset,” said Dr. Rowland.
Dr. Schwartz has served in leadership positions in both government and nonprofit settings. Prior to Health Affairs, she was vice president of Grantmakers In Health, a national nonprofit organization providing strategic advice and guidance to private foundations and corporate giving programs working in the health sphere. Among her responsibilities there were efforts to build bridges between policymakers and health grantmakers. Earlier, she was special assistant to the executive director and senior analyst at the Physician Payment Review Commission, a predecessor to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. She began her career serving on personal and committee staff in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“We are delighted to have found in Dr. Schwartz, a staff leader who has solid skills and significant experiences as a policy analyst. She has also demonstrated that she has a talent for finding common ground among different viewpoints and interests across the political spectrum,” said David Sundwall, M.D., MACPAC’s vice chair.
Dr. Schwartz is a graduate of Brown University and earned her doctorate in health policy from the School of Hygiene and Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University.
MACPAC is a nonpartisan Congressional support agency that provides independent, and objective policy and data analysis on payment, access and other issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).