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Partnership for the Future of Medicare Adds Bob Kocher to Advisory Board

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014 - The Partnership for the Future of Medicare (PFM), a bi-partisan organization dedicated to protecting and improving the Medicare program, announced the addition of Bob Kocher, M.D., a partner at venture capital firm Venrock and former Obama advisor, to its advisory board.

“Bob has extensive experience working across the U.S. health care system in roles that span government, policy and the private sector. We are pleased to have him join our advisory board,” said PFM co-chair Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D. “Bob’s expertise will be an important asset to PFM as we continue to explore new ways to help Medicare transition away from its current fee-for-service model toward value-based care.”

“PFM is committed to promoting bi-partisan dialogue around Medicare and enhancing the quality of care the program delivers. Bob’s experience will help guide our efforts to explore new and innovative ways to improve the Medicare program,” said PFM co-chair Doug Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D. 

At Venrock, Kocher invests in early stage start-ups that are using technology to change the way we consume health care. As a former Obama advisor on health care and economic policy and as a member of the National Economic Council, Kocher helped shape health reform legislation, led the formation of the Partnership for a Healthier America and served on the Federal Advisory Panel charged with developing a national obesity strategy. Prior to his tenure at the White House, Kocher was a partner at McKinsey & Co., where he led McKinsey Global Institute’s health care economics work and focused on improving health policy, productivity clinical outcomes and patient experience.

“I am excited to join the Partnership for the Future of Medicare’s advisory board and look forward to working with the other advisory board members and partners to find new ways to improve the Medicare program for current and future beneficiaries,” said Kocher. “As the health care landscape continues to evolve, we need pragmatic and effective solutions for reform. PFM is a collaborative, bi-partisan organization committed to supporting approaches that will positively impact the future of Medicare.” 

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