‘It’s been a his­toric era’

Com­mon­wealth Fund’s leader to re­tire in 2012

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - Melanie Evans

Karen Davis, who joined the Com­mon­wealth Fund as pol­i­cy­mak­ers re­coiled from the early 1990s col­lapse of health­care re­form, an­nounced she will step down as pres­i­dent from the health­care re­search foun­da­tion at the end of 2012.

Davis, 69, said she will leave feel­ing good about the Com­mon­wealth Fund’s con­tri­bu­tion to shap­ing the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act of 2010. “It’s been a his­toric era,” she said.

Davis joined the Com­mon­wealth Fund as ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent in 1992 from Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, where she was chair­man of the Depart­ment of Health Pol­icy and Man­age­ment, and was pro­moted to pres­i­dent of the Com­mon­wealth Fund in 1995. She was di­rec­tor of the U.S. Health Re­sources Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1980 and pre­vi­ously was deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for plan­ning and eval­u­a­tion in HHS’ Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary.

Davis has been a peren­nial pres­ence on Modern Health­care’s lists of im­por­tant fig­ures. In 2011, she ranked No. 58 among the 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple and was named one of the Top 25 Women.

The foun­da­tion, based in New York, has hired an ex­ec­u­tive search firm to find a suc­ces­sor, and Davis said the foun­da­tion will ben­e­fit from fresh lead­er­ship af­ter the com­ing elec­tions. She said she is ea­ger to con­tinue health pol­icy work as the coun­try grap­ples with curb­ing health­care costs with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ac­cess and qual­ity.


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