Stuart Guterman is vice president for Medicare and Cost Control at The Commonwealth Fund. He leads the Fund’s special initiative on Advancing Medicare, which supports analysis of data and development of policies to improve Medicare as a source of coverage for aged and disabled Americans, as a program that accounts for a large share of federal health spending, and as a platform for implementation and testing of new approaches to payment and health care delivery. He also staffs the Fund’s special initiative on Controlling Health Costs, which focuses on identifying and addressing the drivers of health care spending, as well as several other Fund programs.
Mr. Guterman was executive director of The Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System from 2011 to 2013, and previously directed the Fund’s Program on Payment and System Reform and its Program on Medicare’s Future. Before coming to the Fund in 2005, he directed the Office of Research, Development, and Information at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to that, he was a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, a principal research associate in the health policy center at the Urban Institute, and deputy director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (and its predecessor, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission) from 1988 through 1999. Previously, Mr. Guterman was chief of institutional studies in the Health Care Financing Administration's Office of Research, where he directed the evaluation of the Medicare Prospective Payment System for inpatient hospital services and other intramural and extramural research on hospital payment. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Rutgers College and an M.A. in Economics from Brown University, and did further work toward the Ph.D. in Economics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.