News & Events

  • Most children’s health system experience is limited to the pediatrician’s office, but those with chronic or complex medical needs often deal with care that is fragmented, duplicative and crisis-driven. This leads to stress on families and wasteful utilization.

  • Just 5 percent of the population accounts for 50 percent of national health spending. Behind these numbers are patients and families struggling with multiple chronic conditions, physical and mental impairments, and tremendous stress.

  • Washington, DC – October 10, 2014 – NIHCM Foundation has awarded $215,000 to eight organizations through the first cycle of its new journalism grant program announced earlier this year.

  • The Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC)—a small panel of medical professionals whose recommendations have considerable influence over Medicare payment levels for their own services—has drawn quite of bit of political and media scrutiny recently.

  • More than 8 percent of two- to five-year-olds are obese, and another 23 percent are overweight and at substantial risk of becoming obese by the eighth grade. These early years are a critical time to focus on the development of healthy habits.

  • The annual cost of cancer care in the U.S. is large and growing—projected to hit $184 billion by 2020. This fiscal reality has spurred interest in bundled-payment models that reward providers for maintaining or improving clinical outcomes while controlling costs.

NIHCM Staff

Nancy Chockley, MBA

President and CEO

As the founding president and CEO of NIHCM LLC and NIHCM Foundation, Nancy Chockley has led the organizations since their inception in 1993. She works with health plan CEOs and policy experts to advance strategic thinking and practical applications. The NIHCM health plan CEOs have a combined revenue of over $160 billion and insure more than 40 percent of commercially insured Americans. She also spearheads the Foundation's work in health care reform, children’s health, obesity, pharmaceuticals and health care costs.

Ms. Chockley is a national voice in the health care arena and has been featured on numerous national broadcasts such as ABC, NBC, BBC and CNN and in print outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.

Ms. Chockley received her MBA in 1983 and her BA, with Distinction in Economics, in 1980 from the University of Virginia.

Prior to founding NIHCM, Ms. Chockley was a principal in the Strategy Practice of Mercer Management Consulting where she worked with a variety of industries, including health care and pharmaceuticals, since 1985. Her experience spans the areas of business strategy development, best practices benchmarking and strategy implementation.

Caitlin Ellis, MPA

Research and Policy Analyst

Caitlin Ellis joined NIHCM Foundation in October 2014 as the Research and Policy Analyst. In this position, she examines health policy issues with a focus on maternal and child health.

Ms. Ellis received her Masters in Public Affairs in 2014 with a concentration in Policy Analysis from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. She graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Politics in 2011. Ms. Ellis held several political and non-profit internships and fellowships while completing her degrees.

Katherine McDonald

Communications Advisor and Coordinator

Katherine McDonald joined NIHCM in March 2010 and currently leads the development and implementation of NIHCM's communications strategy. In this position she manages external communications, provides writing and editing support, and initiates new strategies to extend the Foundation's reach. She also works on the Foundation's awards program.

Previously Ms. McDonald worked in non-profit administration, where she focused on improving communications and expanding membership. She holds a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Carolyn Myers

Administrative Manager

Carolyn Myers joined NIHCM in January 2005 with an extensive background including 20 years in various educational settings. She taught high school and was on the faculties of The University of Akron (Ohio) and Anne Arundel (Maryland) Community College. While at the University of Akron, she specialized in computer-based education presenting before boards of education nationally. Prior to joining NIHCM, Ms. Myers was the administrator of a 500 member nonprofit organization in the Annapolis area. In addition to a BS, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, she holds a National Association of Security Dealers, Series 7 license.

Ms. Myers maintains NIHCM’s multi-grant operating budgets by managing grant resources, complying with guidelines and reporting methods, and processing accounts payable. Her other areas of responsibility include administrative operations, meeting planning and human resources.

Amanda Parker

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Parker joined NIHCM in July 2012 and provides assistance to the Administrative Manager. In this position she maintains the NIHCM Foundation database and completes general administrative tasks. She also contributes to website edits and updates.

Ms. Parker is a self-taught fine artist who pursued a Bachelor of Science at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She derived skills in both database management and website development during her enrollment.

Kathryn Santoro, MA

Director of Policy and Development

Kathryn Santoro joined NIHCM in 2004 and currently leads the organization's health policy portfolio. In this capacity, she conducts research and analysis on health policy issues in support of improving practices used by health care decision makers and industry leaders. Previously, Ms. Santoro was a Communications Assistant with Robert Betz Associates, a health policy consulting firm, and a Project Consultant for Women in Government/Digene Corporation, where she led the development of a state-by-state report card on cervical cancer screening.

Ms. Santoro received her master's degree in public policy and women's studies from The George Washington University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science and women's studies from Villanova University.

Julie Schoenman, PhD

Director of Research and Quality

Julie Schoenman joined NIHCM Foundation in September 2007 with an extensive background in health policy research. Previously, she was Senior Research Scientist with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, where she also served as the Deputy Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Prior to her tenure at NORC, she spent 17 years as a Senior Research Director with the Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs. She has led many research studies on topics as diverse as Medicare policy and provider payment, health information technology, and access to care, and has published results from these studies in numerous journals.  

Dr. Schoenman is a graduate of Bellarmine University and received her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Economics.

At NIHCM, she leads the foundation’s research agenda and development of further topics of study.

 

 
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