Betsy McCaughey -One of the “100 Most Powerful People In Healthcare”

By BettyJean Kling

Meet Dr. Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D. tonight 9:30 pm Eastern or download the show on demand:

Betsy McCaughey is a health policy expert, a patient advocate and former Lt. Governor of New York State.  On August 24, 2009, Modern Healthcare magazine named Betsy McCaughey one of the “100 Most Powerful People In Healthcare.”  

Dr. McCaughey is the author of over one hundred scholarly and popular articles on health policy, infection, medical innovation, the economics of aging, and Medicare.  Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Policy Review, Forbes Magazine, New York Law Journal, Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, and many other national publications.  She is featured regularly on national television and radio programs to discuss her work.

From 1995 to 1998, she served as Lt. Governor of New York State. During those years, she battled HMO abuses, and pushed for legislation to stop drive-thru mastectomies and drive-thru childbirth.  Her Patient Fair Appeals bill, which protected cancer patients from rejections for experimental treatment became a model for state and federal legislation.  

Her 1994 analysis of the dangers of the Clinton health plan in the New Republic won a National Magazine Award for the best article in the nation on public policy. Her article on the dangers of “Dumbing Down Medical Care” won the National Media Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

She taught at Vassar College and Columbia University, and produced prize-winning studies while at two think tanks, the Manhattan Institute and later the Hudson Institute.

Prior to entering the health policy field, Dr. McCaughey earned a Ph.D. in constitutional history. She is the author of two books on that subject, From Loyalist to Founding Father (Columbia University Press), winner of the Bancroft Dissertation Award, and Government by Choice (Basic Books).

In 2004, she founded the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, known as RID, a nationwide educational campaign to stop hospital-acquired infections. She serves as the Chairman of the organization. In five years, RID has made hospital infections a major public issue, provided compelling evidence that preventing infection improves hospital profitability as well as saving lives, and RID has won legislation in over 25 states for public reporting of infection rates.  RID has become synonymous with patient safety and clean hospital care.

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