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Doug Porter

Principal
Health Management Associates
1801 West Bay Drive NW, Suite 208 B
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: 360/688-7500
Fax: 360/489-0492
E-mail: dporter@healthmanagement.com

Doug Porter directed Washington’s Medicaid program for more than ten years, and completed a successful merger with the state’s Health Care Authority—responsible for Public Employee Benefits—that had been in process for two years. Under his leadership, the percentage of uninsured children in the state was reduced to record levels, program integrity efforts were redoubled, and a state-of-the-art Medicaid Management Information System was acquired. Over the years Mr. Porter directed a series of cost-containment efforts that ultimately held medical cost inflation to less than 4 percent for the last five years, in large part by eliminating waste and inefficiencies.

Mr. Porter has also been responsible for the Medicaid program in the states of California and Maine. His work in California included the expansion of managed care into the 12 most populous counties in the state and the establishment of California’s SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance) program, Healthy Families. As a principal with Health Management Associates, he brings his policy expertise to clients around the country interested in payment reform, the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, and program integrity strategies to combat fraud waste and abuse. His experience in the private sector includes serving as chief operating officer for a 106-bed psychiatric hospital in South Portland, Maine, and interim administrator for a 40-bed hospital in rural Arkansas. Mr. Porter is a native of Akron, Ohio; he grew up in the Pittsburgh area; and he began his health care career in hospital administration in Massachusetts and Arkansas. He also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, as a consultant before accepting the Washington State appointment.

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