Executive Director, Maryland Health Care Commission
Ben Steffen serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Health Care Commission as well as the Director of the Commission’s Center for Information Services and Analysis. He is responsible for Commission programs in hospital and long-term care services, health coverage in the small group market, and health information technology. The Center for Information Services and Analysis has analytic and operational responsibilities for health care practitioner initiatives in the State including development of an All Payer Data Base, the Maryland Trauma Physician Services Fund, and the Patient Centered Medical Home Program. Steffen serves as a spokesperson for the Commission on both a state and national level pertaining to insurance coverage, state health care expenditures, physician work force, physician uncompensated care, and information security.Before joining the Commission, Steffen was with Computer Sciences Corporation’s health care systems consulting practice. He directed projects focused on hospital spending particularly under Medicare’s Prospective System and on hospitals’ quality improvement processes. Earlier he served as a budget analyst in the Health, Housing, and Income Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office where he was involved with modeling proposed changes in Medicare and Medicaid programs including reforms that led to the Medicare Prospective Payment System. Steffen holds a master’s degree from American University and has completed post-graduate work at the University of Michigan.