Congressional Briefing on Health Care Costs in America


Gerard F. Anderson, Ph.D., is a professor of health policy and management and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins in 1983, Dr. Anderson worked in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1978 to 1983. While in the Office of the Secretary, Dr. Anderson worked primarily on health care financing issues and was one of the principle architects of the Medicare Prospective Payment System. Dr. Anderson is currently conducting research on drug pricing, chronic conditions, comparative insurance systems, medical education, health care payment reform, and technology diffusion.   He has directed reviews of health care systems for the World Bank, World Health Organization and USAID in multiple countries and has directed over 100 research projects. He has authored two books on health care payment policy, published 300 peer-reviewed articles, testified in Congress 50 times, and serves on multiple editorial committees.

Damon Francis, M.D., is the chief medical officer of Health Leads, a non-profit that envisions a health care system that addresses basic needs such as food and housing as a standard part of quality care. His work involves re-imagining and re-designing primary care as a collaborative enterprise among patients, clinics, and community based organizations, and leveraging the potential for integrated health and human services data to accelerate the impact of public health interventions. He previously directed the Health Care for the Homeless program at a local health department in California. He received an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joanna Hiatt Kim, M.A., is the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) vice president of Payment Policy where she leads the association’s work on Medicare payment, including for inpatient and outpatient hospital care, post-acute care, and physician services.  Ms. Kim came to the AHA from the United States Government Accountability Office, where she served as a senior health policy analyst.  In this role, she advised Congress on potential policy changes and conducted policy analyses on a wide range of issues, including Medicare payment policy and hospital community benefits.  Ms. Kim is from Orlando, Florida and received both a Master’s degree in sociology and Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Stanford University.

Dan Leonard, M.A., is the president of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), which sponsors and participates in research on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the clinical and economic value of pharmaceutical innovation. Prior to coming to NPC, Mr. Leonard served as executive vice president of advocacy and professional services for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the trade association representing companies providing health insurance coverage in the United States. He also worked as a senior vice president at the Washington public relations firms Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates and Edelman Public Relations. In August 1996, Mr. Leonard served as convention press secretary and spokesman to Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee Jack Kemp. In 1994, Mr. Leonard served as communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Before joining the NRCC, Mr. Leonard served three years as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY). Early in his career, Mr. Leonard was a political reporter for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH, where he covered the presidential candidates in the 1988 New Hampshire primary. He also was a reporter and anchor for WNNE-TV in Vermont, an associate producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, and a public relations publicist for WCVB-TV in Boston. Mr. Leonard serves on the National Health Council’s board, and on the advisory boards of the Health Industry Forum and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and a master’s in government from Johns Hopkins University.

Glenn Rodriguez, M.D., is a family medicine physician, medical educator and physician executive. A graduate of Stanford University and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, his career includes roles with the Indian Health Service, Oregon Health and Sciences University and Providence Health & Services, where he established the Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency Program. His special interests are in family medicine education, elder health care and efforts to strengthen the primary care system in Oregon. He currently serves as Board Chair for CareOregon, the largest Medicaid health plan in Oregon with 250,000 members.



Elisabeth Rosenthal, M.D., M.A., is the author of the 2017 New York Times bestseller, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back.” She is editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent non-profit newsroom based in Washington DC, focusing on health and health policy. Before coming to KHN in 2016, she spent 22 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior writer at the New York Times. Her 2013-14 New York Times series, “Paying Till it Hurts,” won numerous awards and is credited with catalyzing a national conversation on America’s high-priced health care. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, she worked as an emergency room physician before converting to full-time journalism.