Jim Hester, PhD

Former Director

Population Health Models Group

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)

James A. Hester, Ph.D. has been active in health reform and population health for almost four decades. His most recent position was the Acting Director of the Population Health Models Group at the Innovation Center in CMS assisting in the development of delivery system transformation and payment reform initiatives. Dr. Hester has held senior management positions with MVP Healthcare, ChoiceCare, Pilgrim Health Care, and Tufts Medical Center. He began his managed care career as Director of Applied Research for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Hester earned his Ph.D. in urban studies, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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