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Healthcare fraud prosecutor named chair of Green Mountain Care Board

While with U.S. Attorney’s Office, new chair pursued Big Pharma

Owen Foster, of Jericho has been appointed chair, and Dr. David Murman, of Waterbury, and Robin Lunge, of Berlin, will serve as members on the five-member board Green Mountain Care Board, Gov. Phil Scott announced yesterday.

GMCB Chair Owen Foster

“The impact of the pandemic and inflation that followed significantly affected our nation’s health care system,” said Governor Scott. “Stabilizing and modernizing the delivery system, prioritizing prevention and healthier lifestyles, and ensuring equitable access to care are essential steps toward making sure health care costs are not growing faster than Vermonters’ ability to pay. The road ahead will not be easy, and the challenges facing the health care system will be difficult to solve, but I’m thankful that Owen, Robin, and David are willing to serve on the board and join in the work address these issues.”

About Owen Foster, Chair

“I am grateful to the nominating committee and Governor Scott for the opportunity to serve the great state of Vermont,” said Foster. “Our health care system is at a critical juncture, and we are facing serious challenges. I am looking forward to joining the talented team at the Green Mountain Care Board and working with all stakeholders to ensure Vermonters have equitable and timely access to high quality and affordable care.”

Since 2014, Foster has served as an assistant United States attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, where he is the healthcare fraud coordinator and the ethics officer. Foster was lead prosecutor on cases that have resulted in the largest recoveries in Vermont history, including the Government’s pioneering healthcare fraud actions against electronic medical record companies eClinicalWorks, Inc., Greenway Health, LLC, and Practice Fusion, Inc. 

Foster was also responsible for the United States Attorney’s criminal investigation and prosecution of Purdue Pharma. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, he was a securities litigation associate for seven years in the Boston office of the international law firm Dechert, LLP. In 2014, he was awarded the National Law Journal’s Boston “Rising Star” award recognizing the region’s top 40 attorneys under 40 years of age. His health care fraud prosecutions have twice been awarded the Department of Justice’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance.

Foster was born and raised in Middlebury, Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2001, and from Columbia Law School in 2007. 

Foster replaces former chair Kevin Mullin, who retired last month. He will begin effective October 1, for a term expiring in 2024.

About David Murman

David Murman

“As an emergency physician, I experience a day-to-day snapshot of much of the regional health care system. From primary care and nursing home challenges to mental health and regional transfer capabilities, I see these struggles and successes daily,” said Murman. “I will bring frontline and real time information on the challenges patients have in accessing and navigating our health care system. I am honored to be able to add this perspective to the challenging and great work that the GMCB does to improve health care access, affordability, and quality in Vermont.”

Murman currently leads resident and medical student education and works as an emergency medical clinician at Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC). Prior to his current position, he was an emergency clinician and co-director of emergency ultrasound at the University of Vermont Medical Center and an emergency clinician at Baystate Medical Center. At CVMC, Murman has been active on finance and operations committees, and was a founding member of the diversity equity and inclusion committee. 

He received a B.S. in psychology and his Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University. Before attending medical school, Murman worked in non-profit education/intervention programs for underserved youth, cardiac surgery clinical research, and public health research in Botswana.

Merman’s appointment will be effective October 1, for a term expiring September 30, 2028.

About Robin Lunge

Robin Lunge

Lunge has served on the Board since 2016. Prior to joining the Board, she served as the State’s Director of Health Care Reform under Governor Peter Shumlin. Her past experience includes working as a staff attorney at Vermont Legislative Council, where she drafted legislation and provided support to members of the Vermont Legislature relating to health and human services matters, and at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. as a senior policy analyst on public benefits issues.

Lunge holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.

Lunge’s appointment will be effective October 1, for a term expiring September 30, 2023.

Jessica Holmes, who has served as interim chair since August, will return to her role as a member of the Board, for a term expiring September 30, 2026. Per statute, the Governor appoints members to the Board from a list of candidates submitted by the Green Mountain Care Board Nominating Committee

The Board, established by law in 2011, has 6 major regulatory duties:

  • Review and establish community hospital budgets.
  • Review and approve, modify, or disapprove requests for health insurance premium rates in the large, small, and individual insurance markets plans; in addition, the Board reviews and approves the benefit package or packages for qualified health benefit plans.
  • Review and approve, approve with conditions, or deny applications for certificates of need.
  • Oversee the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model (APM), including setting financial targets for Vermont Medicare ACOs and limit cost growth for certain health care services; ensuring reasonable alignment across Vermont ACO programs; working with other APM Agreement signatories to achieve targets for the number of aligned Vermonters; and working with other Agreement signatories to achieve targets on twenty quality measures tied to three population health goals.
  • Regulate Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), including certifying ACOs to allow them to receive payments from Medicaid and commercial insurers, and reviewing and approving ACO budgets.

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  1. I hope they realize that the big problem in Vermont is too many people on Medicaid and Medicare, period, about half the citizens of Vermont are on either form of insurance and they pay about 25 percent of the real cost of medical treatment ! This leaves the other half of the working population covering their own costs and making up for the others! That is why insurance is so expensive in Vermont we need more people working and off Medicaid to add to the workers pot to cover more of the health costs 👍👍👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🧐

  2. “prioritizing prevention and healthier lifestyles” Gov Scott saying this is a joke……
    the only priority here is more medications (support that big pharma) and higher insurance…..

  3. The GMCB should be abolished. Established by law in 2011, it has failed to control health care costs. Costs have risen faster than inflation for decades. The GMCB was supposed to keep costs no higher than 3.5% but they failed to do it. Vermont’s health care system was in trouble long before the pandemic and inflation. It is near collapse now and I have little hope new members to the board will help the situation. The GMCB favors the medical establishment and fails the people supporting it.

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