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Arnie Milstein, MD

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Arnie Milstein is the Medical Director at PBGH and the National Health Care Thought Leader at William Mercer. His work focuses on improving managed care programs for large purchasers and government. Dr. Milstein is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford and directs the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center. The Center is a collaboration of the Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Business to design and demonstrate in multi-state locations new health care delivery models that safely lower per capita health care spending and improve patients' experience of their care.

Before joining Stanford's faculty, his career of applied research spanned private and public sector healthcare delivery and purchasing strategy.  After launching a healthcare performance improvement firm subsequently acquired by Mercer and expanded globally, he co-founded two nationally influential public benefit initiatives, the Leapfrog Group in 1989 and the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project 7 years later. He also served on the faculty of UCSF's Health Policy Institute and was appointed to a six year term as a Congressional MedPAC Commissioner. Since its inception, he has been the Medical Director of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), which is now the largest regional employer-led healthcare improvement coalition in the U.S.

Citing his nationally distinguished innovation in health care policy and delivery methods, he was selected for the highest annual award of both the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and of the American College of Medical Quality. Elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, he chaired the planning committee of its series on best methods to lower per capita health care spending and improve clinical outcomes.

He was educated at Harvard (BA–Economics), Tufts (MD) and UC Berkeley (MPH Healthcare Evaluation).