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Harold D. Miller

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Harold D. Miller serves as Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches the Methods of Policy Analysis Course. In addition, he is the President of Future Strategies, LLC (a management and policy consulting firm), the President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (the national association of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives), and the Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform (a national health care policy organization).

Miller is recognized as a national expert in healthcare payment reform, and has been working at the local, state, and national levels on initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare services and to change the fundamental structure of healthcare payment systems in order to support improved value. His work with the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) demonstrating the significant financial penalties that hospitals can face if they reduce hospital-acquired infections was featured in Modern Healthcare magazine in December, 2007. He designed and led a multi-year PRHI initiative to reduce preventable hospital admissions and readmissions through improved care for chronic disease patients. In 2007 and early 2008, he served as the Facilitator for the Minnesota Health Care Transformation Task Force, which prepared the recommendations that led to passage of Minnesota’s path-breaking healthcare reform legislation in May, 2008. He is currently helping Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives and state governments in a number of states to design and implement payment and delivery system reforms.

Miller is also recognized as an expert on economic analysis and economic development issues in the Pittsburgh Region. He has written the monthly “Regional Insights” column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2006.

Miller previously served as the President of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania until November, 2005, where he designed and implemented a wide range of economic and community development initiatives in the Pittsburgh Region. He also served for 10 years as the Director of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Alliance, a ten-county public-private partnership dedicated to promoting the economic development needs of the region with state and federal officials.

Prior to joining the Allegheny Conference in October, 1992, Miller served for nearly six years as Associate Dean of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, where he supervised the School's administrative operations and provided guidance to students in the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs.

During the fall of 1991, Miller served as Director of Issues and Research for former Governor Dick Thornburgh's campaign for the U.S. Senate.

During the 1980s, Miller served for seven years in the Pennsylvania Governor's Office during the Thornburgh Administration. As Deputy Director and then Director of the Governor's Office of Policy Development, he was responsible for the development, review, and coordination of policy issues in all areas affecting state government, including economic and community development, education, human services, environmental protection, and criminal justice. He played a key role in the development and implementation of many state initiatives between 1980 and 1986, including the Pennsylvania Economic Revitalization Fund and Renaissance Communities Program, the Long-Term Care Assessment and Management Program, the state's mandatory sentencing and welfare reform laws, and the Governor's initiatives on Early Intervention for Handicapped Children and on Teen Pregnancy and Parenting. He also directed staff efforts for "Human Services Choices for Pennsylvanians," a three-year strategic planning process conducted by the Pennsylvania State Planning Board.

Miller currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Quality Forum, the Regional Industrial Development Corporation, and Eastern Area Adult Services. He was one of sixty individuals named “Pittsburghers of the Year” by Pittsburgh Magazine in 1998. He received the 1994 Samuel K. McCune Distinguished Service Award from the Presbyterian Association on Aging and the 1998 Award of Excellence from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging for his volunteer work in aging services.

Miller is the author of articles and publications on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Transitioning to Accountable Care: Incremental Payment Reforms to Support Higher Quality, More Affordable Health Care (2011)
  • Pathways for Physician Success Under Healthcare Payment and Delivery Reforms (2010)
  • “From Volume to Value: Better Ways to Pay for Healthcare,” Health Affairs (2009)
  • How to Create Accountable Care Organizations (2009); Creating Accountable Care Organizations in Massachusetts (2009)
  • “Investing in the Future: Strategies for Human Services in Pennsylvania,” in Leading Pennsylvania Into the 21st Century: Policy Strategies for the Future (1990)
  • “Making Do: The Effects of a Mass Transit Strike on Travel Behavior” (with Alfred Blumstein), Transportation (1983)
  • “Projecting the Impact of New Sentencing Laws on Prison Populations,” Policy Sciences (1981)
  • Corrections at the Crossroads: Designing Policy (with Sherwood E. Zimmerman, 1981)
  • “Demographically Disaggregated Projections of Prison Populations” (with Alfred Blumstein and Jacqueline Cohen), Journal of Criminal Justice (1980)
  • "A New Computational Method in the Theory of Spinodal Decomposition" (with J.S. Langer and M. Baron), Physical Review A (1975).


B.S. (Mathematics), Carnegie Mellon University, 1977
M.S. (Public Policy and Management), Carnegie Mellon University, 1977