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Retired Senior Vice President, Health Care Transformation and Strategic Planning, Johns Hopkins Medicine
John M. Colmers was the senior vice president, health care transformation and strategic planning, for Johns Hopkins Medicine from 2011 to 2020. From January 2007 to January 2011 he served as the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From November 2000 through January 2007, Mr. Colmers was a senior program officer for the Milbank Memorial Fund. Prior to joining Milbank, he spent nineteen years in Maryland State government where he held various positions, including executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission and the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), the agency overseeing Maryland’s all-payer hospital rate setting system. Mr. Colmers was also a director of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and the chair of one of its affiliates, CareFirst of Maryland, Inc. He is a commissioner on the HSCRC and chaired that board from 2011-2015. He served on the board of AcademyHealth and on the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System. He is a past chair of the steering committee of the Reforming States Group, a bipartisan group of executive and legislative leaders. Mr. Colmers has a BA from the Johns Hopkins University and an MPH from UNC Chapel Hill.
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