Ex­ec­u­tivedi­rec­tor Mas­sachusetts Health Pol­icy Com­mis­sion

Modern Healthcare - - 2015 UP & COMERS - — Michael San­dler

Be­ing the youngest per­son in the room might be where David Seltz de­vel­oped the hu­mil­ity that peo­ple say is one of his great­est strengths as a leader.

Seltz is the first ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mas­sachusetts Health Pol­icy Com­mis­sion, a state pol­i­cy­mak­ing agency he helped build that aims to pro­vide higher qual­ity healthcare at lower costs.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Bos­ton Col­lege with a po­lit­i­cal science de­gree, Seltz cut his teeth as an an­a­lyst work­ing un­der then-Mas­sachusetts Se­nate Pres­i­dent Therese Mur­ray. Seltz en­dured months of heavy lift­ing pro­vid­ing anal­y­sis for key por­tions of the leg­is­la­tion that es­tab­lished Mas­sachusetts’ uni­ver­sal cov­er­age law. Mur­ray was im­pressed by Seltz’ skills and work ethic—he of­ten put in 18-hour work­days. “When you work for the money that state gov­ern­ment pays you, and work those hours, that’s amaz­ing,” she said.

Seltz now im­ple­ments pol­icy. In its first two-and-a-half years, the com­mis­sion has de­vel­oped ma­jor pro­grams, in­clud­ing the Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal Ac­cel­er­a­tion, Re­vi­tal­iza­tion and Trans­for­ma­tion In­vest­ment Pro­gram, which will dis­trib­ute a to­tal of $120 mil­lion to com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals through 2017.

At 32, and as the only em­ployee at the com­mis­sion when it launched in 2013, be­ing young taught Seltz to ask lots of ques­tions. “That’s an im­por­tant el­e­ment of suc­cess,” he said. “Know what you know and what you don’t know.”

“That’s an im­por­tant el­e­ment of suc­cess—know what you know and what you don’t know.”

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