Health Care: Commissioners Leave Toughest Medical Loss Ratio Calls to HHS
• "State insurance commissioners can check a major task off their list after unanimously passing a final model for the new health care law's medical loss ratio," CongressDaily (subscription) reports. "But now the Health and Human Services Department must quickly address thorny tax and implementation questions before it issues a final rule."
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Named CEO of the American College of Cardiology in November 2006, Jack Lewin is responsible for all aspects of the 36,000 member organization, overseeing a staff of more than 300 and the ACC's $90 million budget.
Under his leadership the College has continued to build upon its standing as a national leader in advocacy, with a particular focus on reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and the financing and delivery of quality health care. These efforts are part of ACC's mission to promote �heart health� and reductions in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide.
Prior to coming to the College, Lewin was the CEO of the California Medical Association (CMA). As such, he oversaw the 35,000-member association, which is the nation's largest state medical association. CMA has over $45 million in annual revenues, $50 million in assets, and over 300 employees, including its subsidiary companies.
Formerly Hawaii's Director of Health from 1986-1994, Lewin helped Hawaii achieve near-universal access to health care and revitalized statewide public health systems. Also in Hawaii, he was the CEO of the statewide 13-facility Community Hospital System. Before that, as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service (USPHS), he was the founder and first Director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health. Trained in internal medicine, Lewin has also enjoyed many years of practicing primary care medicine.
Lewin serves on numerous national boards and advisory bodies. He was a founder and president of the Physicians' Foundations, which are among the top ten health-related philanthropies in the nation, and is chair, president and a founder of the National Patient Safety Medical Institute. His board appointments have included Partnership for Prevention, the Institute for Medical Quality, the e-Health Initiative, among others, and he was an advisor on health policy to President Clinton.
Lewin has been honored with many awards including the Health Leader of the Year Award from the USPHS Commissioned Officers' Association and the Nathan Davis Award from American Medical Association. He is an honorary Past President of the CMA and Lewin's publications have appeared in professional, scientific and national media sources. Lewin received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California-Irvine, and his M.D. from the University of Southern California.