Commission and Meeting Information



Nelson J. Sabatini



Appointed: February 2, 2016​

Nelson Sabatini has an expansive career working on Maryland and federal healthcare policy.  He twice served as the State of Maryland's Secretary for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene under the Schaefer and Ehrlich administrations. During his tenure with the federal government, Mr. Sabatini was the Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration and held several senior positions at Health and Human Services.  While at HHS, he helped develop the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  He has also served as Executive Vice Present of the University of Maryland Medical Systems.​

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)​

Adam Kane

​Appointed:  July 2017

Stacia Cohen, RN, MBA

CareFirst, Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs​​