What You Need to Know
- Mary Beth Donahue has been running a kidney care organization.
- She also has worked for AHIP, and for a former HHS secretary.
- Michael Monson has been an executive at Centene.
Two groups that will help shape Medicare solvency battles have new CEOs.
The board of Better Medicare Alliance — a Washington-based organization for Medicare Advantage plans and their supports — has picked Mary Beth Donahue to succeed Allyson Schwartz as that group’s president and CEO.
The board of Altarum — a nonprofit health policy think tank base in Ann Arbor, Michigan — has named Michael Monson to succeed Lincoln Smith as its president and CEO.
Mary Beth Donahue
Allyson Schwartz is a Democrat who represented a Philadelphia-area district in the U.S. House from 2005 through 2015.
Her successor, Donahue, has been executive director of Kidney Care Partners, a coalition of manufacturers, dialysis professionals, care providers, researchers and others with an interest in kidney dialysis.
Earlier in her career, she was chief of staff to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna Shalala, at time when HHS was setting up the program that eventually became the Medicare Advantage program.
Donahue also has been an executive vice president of advocacy and operations at America’s Health Insurance Plans.