Louis F. Rossiter

Research Professor, Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, The College of William & Mary


Louis F. Rossiter


Ph.D., economics, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., economics, University of South Carolina

Summary of Experience

Dr. Rossiter is nationally recognized as a health economist and expert in health care delivery systems and reimbursement. He is formerly the secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As secretary, Dr. Rossiter directed the implementation of Virginia's new private health insurance program for children and families; ensured significant further improvement in the state's mental health system; created new policy initiatives in the emerging field of human genetics; and brought the major information technology projects in the secretariat to national prominence. Dr. Rossiter served on the board of directors of the VCU Health System from 2002 to 2004, chairing the Quality, Safety, Risk, and Credentials Committee, and serving on the Executive Committee. The hospitals, clinics, and health science schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise the VCU Medical Center, one of the largest academic medical centers in the country. He took a leave of absence from teaching from 1989 to 1992 to serve as deputy for policy to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As deputy, he created and directed a new payment system for U.S. hospitals under Medicare and formulated all agency policy initiatives through the federal legislative process.

Dr. Rossiter is the author of 14 edited books, one sole-author book published in 2001 on Medicare reform, more than 50 journal publications on health economics and policy, and a new monograph on rising health care costs. He currently serves on the board of regents of the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health; the board of directors of AcademyHealth and its Finance Committee; and is the 2010 chair of the board of directors of the Coalition for Health Services Research. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups, including the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Howard G. Birnbaum

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