AcademyHealth Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development Bonnie Austin, J.D., was selected as a new member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is an interdisciplinary network of the nation’s recognized experts on social insurance. NASI membership is an honor – prospective members must be nominated and co-sponsored by two current NASI members. Ms. Austin was selected in recognition of her work to improve the quality of research, policymaking, and financing of social insurance systems such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and related social assistance and private employee benefits. Ms. Austin currently serves as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, which is administered by AcademyHealth. Her work includes evaluating and administering grants, developing and managing conferences on health care financing issues, and authoring monographs, newsletter articles, and briefing papers. She also serves as assistant secretary to AcademyHealth's Board of Directors. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Ms. Austin worked for 10 years as a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Her practice involved representing health care providers in criminal investigations, civil suits, and administrative proceedings. Ms. Austin joins current NASI members AcademyHealth President and CEO Lisa Simpson and AcademyHealth Director Michael Gluck in this distinguished network of thought leaders.

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