Minnesota health care executive Scott Leitz has joined the Health Care Cost Institute as its Chief Transformation Officer.

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Minnesota Health Care Leader Joins HCCI

Scott Leitz To Oversee Transparency Efforts

Washington D.C. – Minnesota health care executive Scott Leitz has joined the Health Care Cost Institute as its Chief Transformation Officer.  Leitz, currently the CEO of MNsure, the Minnesota health insurance marketplace authorized by the Affordable Care Act, will assume the job on June 8. He steps down after 15 months as CEO of MNsure.  There, he was instrumental in stabilizing the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and dramatically improving consumer access to affordable health insurance.

At HCCI, Leitz will assume responsibility for promoting and expanding initiatives to make health care pricing and quality outcomes more transparent and to boost accountability. Leitz will oversee HCCI’s efforts to improve and expand Guroo, its recently launched consumer-oriented website that provides national, state, and local cost information for common health conditions and services.

“Scott brings a tremendous wealth of experience to HCCI that will enable us to strengthen our commitment to help consumers make better decisions about their health care,” says Executive Director David Newman.  “Scott’s experience in the public and private sectors in a reform-minded state like Minnesota where he’s worked on transparency, health insurance exchanges, and a range of payment policies will be invaluable to our efforts.”

“HCCI is an organization that aligns directly with my interests and expertise,” said MNsure CEO Scott Leitz.  “Providing consumers with better information about their health care decisions is crucially important to improving the nation’s health care system and I look forward to the work ahead.”

Prior to joining MNsure, Leitz oversaw and managed the state’s Medicaid program, led reform of Minnesota’s managed care and procurement processes, and helped implement accountable payment and and health care delivery models under the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to joining Minnesota government, he ran public policy for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He also has held several senior level positions in the Minnesota Department of Health.

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The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) is an independent, non-profit organization with a public mission. Launched in 2011, HCCI is now a leader in research and reporting on health care expenditures and utilization. HCCI holds data for over 50 million covered lives from the commercially insured population and Medicare Advantage program resulting in one of the most comprehensive claims datasets in the country. In addition, HCCI is the first national Qualified Entity (QE) entitled to hold Medicare data for the individuals covered by that program. For more information, visit www.healthcostinstitute.org or follow us on Twitter @healthcostinst.

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