William M. Altman

Board Member

William M. Altman, J.D., M.A. serves as executive vice president, chief strategy officer, and chief of staff to the CEO for Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a diversified provider of post-acute care. He also oversees Kindred’s federal and state policy initiatives. William serves on Kindred’s Executive Committee and has spear-headed development of the company’s enterprise strategy to position the company for hospital partnerships and value-based payment. His career has focused on navigating the intersection between strategy, operations, and public policy, with special emphasis on post-acute care, partnerships between acute and post-acute providers, and improving quality for an aging population. He has developed an expertise in payment and delivery systems across the full post-acute spectrum, including long-term acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehab, skilled nursing, home care, and hospice/end of life care. During his 22-year tenure at Kindred, William has also advised the Board and overseen development of the company’s compliance, risk management, and Sarbanes-Oxley programs. Prior to joining Kindred, William served in a variety of capacities in the public and private sectors in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health care consulting, and law firms specializing in healthcare issues. William has been actively involved in health care policy. He has served on the Boards of several provider associations, testified before Congress, and helped design through legislation and regulation payment and quality regulation systems. He is past president of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association (ALTHA), serves on the American Hospital Association’s President’s Council on Post-Acute Care and previously served on the Board of the Federation of American Hospitals. He also served for 10 years as the chair of the Louisville Metro Board of Health. William was a delegate to the 2008 White House Conference on Aging, and in 1981 was recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship to conduct a study on health and aging policy in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. In addition to a law degree, he holds a master’s degree in policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, both from the University of Minnesota.