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Commission and Meeting Information

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Commissioners

Adam Kane, Esq. Chairman

 
Chairman

Managing Director
Redwood Capital Investments

Appointed: July 2017

Adam Kane joined Redwood in 2019 and is responsible for Corporate Affairs, including government and regulatory functions. Adam was previously serving as a Senior Vice Present at one of Redwood’s portfolio companies responsible for government relations and regulatory affairs in the health care and real estate space.

Adam received a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a M.A. from the University of Maryland.

Joseph Antos, PhD

 

​Vice Chairman

Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy

American Enterprise Institute
Appointed: July 1, 2016

Joseph Antos, Ph.D. is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute and adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University. He is also serving a third term as a commissioner on the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. Antos recently completed seven years as a member of the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). 

Previously, Antos was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at CBO, and he held senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. His research focuses on the economics of health policy — including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, the uninsured, and the overall reform of the health care system and its financing. He also studies the impact of health care expenditures on federal budget policy.
(Term Expires June 30, 2020)​

Victoria W. Bayless

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Anne Arundel Medical Center
Appointed: February 11, 2016

Victoria W. Bayless Victoria W. Bayless is the president and chief executive officer of Anne Arundel Medical Center. She joined AAMC as vice president of clinical and support services in 2005 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2006. In September 2009, Bayless was named president and chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in 2011.

Bayless has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and management roles, specializing in business development, hospital and health system operations, strategic planning and marketing, medical staff relations and physician practice management. Prior to joining AAMC, she was vice president of clinical services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and held several other roles there from 1993 to 2005.

In 2007, Bayless was recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of twelve national healthcare leaders in the publication's 2007 "Up and Comers" report. The Baltimore Business Journal recognized Bayless as one of "40 under 40" business leaders in the region. She has been recognized as an Influential Marylander by the Daily Record, and is a YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) honoree.

Bayless received her bachelor of science from Tufts University and her master of health services administration from The University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also holds a certificate in executive leadership from the Georgetown University Center for Professional Development.

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Bayless serves on several boards including: The American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board; CareFirst GHMSI; United Way of Central Maryland; and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. She recently served on the Maryland Hospital Association’s Executive Committee and the United Way Anne Arundel County Partnership Board. In 2016, Ms. Bayless was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission.​

James Elliott, M.D.

 

Private Practice Physician

Dr. Elliott is a board certified Pathologist and serves as the Medical Director in the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Doctors’ Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland.  Dr. Elliott is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at the George Washington University Medical School.  He studied at the University of Liberia Medical School and did his pathology residency at George Washington University Medical School.

John M. Colmers

 

Vice President,

Health Care Transformation and Strategic Planning
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Appointed: August 20, 2013

John M. Colmers is Vice President, Health Care Transformation and Strategic Planning for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this senior management position, Mr. Colmers works with leaders from the Johns Hopkins Health System, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and related organizations to develop and implement a strategic plan consistent with the organization’s tripartite mission of research, education, and patient care and responsive to the new challenges of health reform and more value-demanding health marketplace.

From January 2007 to January 2011 he served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. This cabinet level agency has a budget of $9 billion is responsible for protecting, promoting and improving the health and well being of Marylanders through a broad range of programs including Medicaid, public health, behavioral health, state health facilities, and regulatory oversight.

From November 2000 through January 2007, Mr. Colmers was a Senior Program Officer for the Milbank Memorial Fund. The New York-based Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed national foundation that provides nonpartisan analysis, study, research, and communication on significant issues in health policy.

Prior to joining the Fund, he spent 19 years in Maryland State government where he held various positions, including executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) and the Health Services Cost Review Commission, the agency overseeing Maryland’s all-payer hospital rate setting system.

Mr. Colmers has a BA from the Johns Hopkins University and an MPH from UNC Chapel Hill. He was a director of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Chairman of one of its affiliates, CareFirst of Maryland, Inc. He previously was a member of the Board of Academy Health and served as its chair. He also served on the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System. He is a past chair of the steering committee of the Reforming States Group, a bipartisan group of executive and legislative leaders. In July 2011, Governor O'Malley appointed him as chair of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. He also serves on the board of the Milbank Memorial Fund. (Term Expires July, 2017)​

Stacia Cohen, RN, MBA

 
CareFirst, Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs​​ 

Stacia Cohen joined CareFirst in September 2018 as Executive Vice President, Health Services, where she leads the development and execution of a cohesive strategy across all provider relationships, clinical and quality programs, medical and coverage policy, community health, and social impact that drive meaningful impacts on health, access, and cost of care. In this role, Ms. Cohen’s primary focus is to lead the transformation of Health Services to integrate services, solutions, relationships, and investments that influence and impact health in the places where Members live, work, play, and seek care, and to communicate this vision among internal and external stakeholders.

She brings to CareFirst more than 20 years of experience in driving a culture of health that delivers value and outcomes for people and communities. After serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, she began her professional career in healthcare as a nurse after receiving her nursing degree from Western College, followed by a Master’s in Business Administration with emphasis in Health Care Leadership from the College of St. Scholastica. 

Prior to her current position, Ms. Cohen had executive responsibility for Medicare markets at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota as Vice President of Medicare. Before that, she was the Vice President, Star and Risk Adjustment Center of Excellence. There, she directed enterprise strategic and operational efforts to optimize risk-adjusted revenue, earn quality bonus payments, and achieve  ptimal Star ratings. Ms. Cohen has held progressive leadership roles in a wide array of health management programs, member ngagement and experience, provider engagement, compliance, operations, and analytics.

In addition to her work with CareFirst, Ms. Cohen advocates for the health and well-being of others through her many affiliations with local and national organizations, including the Maryland Primary Care Program Advisory Committee and the Maryland Department of Health Stakeholder Innovation Group.





Sam Malhotra

 
Founder and CEO 
Subsystem Technologies

Appointed April 2020

Sam Malhotra is the Founder and CEO of Subsystem Technologies, a Professional Services firm delivering Information Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing, Information Security and Enterprise Program Management support to the Federal Government. Mr. Malhotra was appointed by Governor Larry J. Hogan as a Cabinet Secretary to run the Department of Human Services in November 2014 and then served as Governor Hogan's Chief of Staff until September 2017.

Mr. Malhotra is a graduate of the University of Maryland, the Harvard Business School and the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.

In addition to his role as a Commissioner for the HSCRC, Mr. Malhotra serves on the Board of Trustees at Catholic Charities of Baltimore and is a member of the University of Maryland's Board of Regents, College of Computational Mathematics and Natural Sciences. 

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