Thursday, January 1, 2009


howard r. veit

Howard R. Veit is currently a self-employed health care management consultant. On December 31, 2000, he retired as a Principal in the Towers Perrin's Health Industry Consulting Practice. He was the Practice leader from 1995 to 2000. From 1998 until his retirement, he served as a director of the Board of Towers Perrin.

Mr. Veit has worked in health care program development in both the public and private sectors. He assisted with the creation of The Harvard Community Health Plan, one of the first and most successful HMOs under the sponsorship of a medical school. During the Carter administration, he was the first director of the federal Office of Health Maintenance Organizations (OHMO) and was instrumental in articulating federal policy regarding HMO development and federal efforts to promote HMOs to Congress, business and labor. Under his leadership, OHMO played a pivotal role in giving birth to the modern era of managed care in the United States. Immediately before joining Towers Perrin, Mr. Veit was president of John Hancock Health Plans, the health care management subsidiary of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company.

From 1988 to 2001, Mr. Veit served as a health care consultant with Towers Perrin, an international management consulting firm. Towers Perrin works with multiple stakeholders in the health care marketplace: government, buyers, payers, providers and suppliers. Mr. Veit has extensive experience providing health care consulting services to many of these stakeholders. During the late 1980s and early 1990's, he helped major national employers transition from traditional indemnity insurance to managed care as an integral part of their employee health benefits programs. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Veit's role was to oversee the delivery of the firm's health industry services in clinical resource management, financial risk management, organizational change management, operations improvement, people performance and rewards, and strategy development and implementation.

Mr. Veit worked with a broad range of clients, including national employers, insurance companies, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, HMOs, hospitals and other health provider organizations. He has extensive experience in the operation of managed health care organizations, the design of managed health products, managed care pricing, employee health benefits, health cost management programs and health strategy.

Mr. Veit graduated from the University of Rochester and Duke University. He was trained in health care management at Duke University Medical Center, where he received his Masters degree. He has spoken and written extensively on topics related to health care management. From 1985 to 1998, he held a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business in its Health Systems Management program.

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