Donald W. Moran founded The Moran Company in 1998. Don spent nearly 50 years as a vital part of the health policy community, and 22 years as the head of our firm, before moving to emeritus status shortly before his passing on May 11, 2021.

Through the years, Don played a role in the development of key policies, including the Medicare Drug benefit, where his work aided lawmakers seeking to include coverage for catastrophic prescription drug spending and countless other areas where his analyses of the budgetary impact of legislative and regulatory changes aided policymakers and other stakeholders seeking to improve coverage in Medicare, Medicaid, and other health policy programs.

As president of The Moran Company, and before that a leader of The Lewin Group, Don was a mentor to numerous members of the health policy community, famous for his sessions in front of white boards breaking down complex topics and providing historical context about the intricacies of various payment systems. His partners and staff often felt they were in graduate seminars, but felt privileged to have access to his expertise.

Prior to his leadership in health policy consulting, Don spent more than 10 years in government service—beginning in local politics in Michigan, continuing on the staff of Representative David Stockman and later as the executive associate director for Budget and Legislation at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan Administration. In that role, Don managed budget review operations for a broad spectrum of government programs and managed OMB’s extensive involvement in the budget and appropriations processes.

Don left OMB in 1985 to join ICF Incorporated, a Washington, D.C.-based research and consulting firm, which subsequently acquired Lewin & Associates, to form The Lewin Group. Don worked at Lewin for a variety of clients until June 1998, when he left to found The Moran Company, the firm he would lead for the next 22 years.

The Moran Company will continue the legacy that Don built, under the leadership of a cadre of Don’s partners and as part of Health Management Associates, now operating as The Moran Company, an HMA Company.