News & Events

  • The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released an important review of the way the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) and CMS value physician services for Medicare. The report finds significant flaws in the data and processes used, echoing a recent Expert Voices essay by RUC researcher Miriam Laugesen.

  • NIHCM Foundation is now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2015-2016 funding cycle of our investigator-initiated research grant program. We are making a total of up to $250,000 available to be divided among four to five studies in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy.

  • Upcoming Webinar on the Future of Telehealth in America

    Telemedicine is booming, fueled by promises of consumer convenience and better access for the underserved. Nearly half of employers will offer telehealth benefits this year. 

  • The federal government invests heavily in physician residency training—to the tune of $15 billion a year. But is this investment producing a physician workforce that meets our modern health care needs? 

  • With another presidential election on the horizon, the perennial debate over reforming federal entitlement programs has already begun to resurface. Policy prescriptions are bound to vary along the political spectrum, but failing to come to agreement and act will threaten our long-term fiscal health.

  • Hospital consolidation has dramatically increased in recent years, and studies have shown that hospital mergers and acquisitions result in rising prices, less competition and an increase in hospital negotiating power. Are health care “goliaths” increasingly dictating the prices and premiums we pay?


Nancy ChockleyNancy Chockley

President and CEO

As the founding president and CEO of NIHCM LLC and NIHCM Foundation, Nancy Chockley has led the organizations since their inception. 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 received her MBA and her BA, with Distinction in Economics, 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. Her experience spans the areas of business strategy development, best practices benchmarking and strategy implementation.

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.

Caitlin EllisCaitlin Ellis

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.

Katie McDonaldKatherine 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

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.

Kathryn SantoroKathryn 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 SchoenmanJulie 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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