Donald W. Moran (November 27, 1951 – May 11, 2021)

The Moran Company is saddened to report the death of its founder, Donald W. Moran, who passed away after an extended illness.  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 earlier this year.

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.

The breadth of Don’s interests was such that he was known to send email with portions in Latin or Greek (or aphorisms from the south side of Chicago where he grew up), while also having an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Westeros.  His office included book ends and clipboards built in his home workshop, which was adjacent to a music recording studio where he practiced jazz guitar.

Prior to his leadership in health policy consulting, Don spent more than ten 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-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 firm specializes in research and consulting projects that require in-depth knowledge of both sides of the boundary between the public and private sectors in health care. The Moran Company’s analysts help our clients evaluate the complex technical issues that arise in health care regulation and reimbursement.

Don was a graduate of the University of Illinois and was a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and of the American Medical Informatics Association.

The Moran Company will continue the legacy that Don built, under the leadership of a cadre of Don’s partners that worked with him for a decade or more, continuing to serve many clients that had relationships that were even longer.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Don’s memory, we have set up a fund with the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship to honor Don’s dedication to the organization since its founding.  The Fellowship provides up and coming health policy makers firsthand, direct exposure to both public and private sector decision makers in Washington, D.C.  Please send a check to the address below with a note saying “Honoring Don Moran” in the memo section.

David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship
1341 G Street, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005