This program is now closed.
The Task Force on Academic Health Centers, which existed from 1996 to
2003, sought to address the impact of a changing health care financing
system on the traditional missions of academic health centers: medical
education, biomedical research, specialized health care services, and,
at many institutions, care for indigent and uninsured patients. Task
force staff at Massachusetts General Hospital worked with analysts at
Georgetown University and the Association of American Medical Colleges
to develop independent information about the future of academic health
centers (AHCs) and supply information to AHC leaders and policymakers.
The task force was chaired by Samuel O. Thier, M.D., president and
chief executive of Partners HealthCare System in Boston. David
Blumenthal, M.D., professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and
director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General
Hospital, served as program director.