Robert K. Smoldt, MBA is the Chief Administrative Officer emeritus of Mayo Clinic. He served as a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees and Mayo Clinic Executive Committee from 1990 – 2007. Presently he serves as Associate Director of the Arizona State University Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California. He has given numerous presentations and is a recognized speaker on the health care environment. At Mayo he worked in a variety of administrative positions in both medical and surgical departments prior to being named the Chief Administrative Officer. Bob also served two terms on the Board of Catholic Health Initiatives. He has been active in the Medical Group Management Association, a professional group of healthcare leaders who work together to improve their knowledge, skills and the effectiveness of medical group practices. He has chaired the organization’s research and marketing committees and has acted as moderator of its international conference in London, England. In addition, he was a member of the Medical Group Management Association National Awards Committee.


Recent Posts by Robert Smoldt

Medicare Physician Payment: Why It’s Still A Problem, And What To Do Now

MACRA is indeed better than what came before, but it still leaves in place perverse incentives that threaten to undermine quality and access for Medicare beneficiaries.

Paying For Value: Perspective From The Front Lines

The concept of value-based health care is rapidly gaining traction in the U.S., yet implementation remains a significant challenge. We propose that in a true pay-for-value system, a national payment rate should be established and rooted in reality and adjusted for three factors.