Alex Waddell
Alex Waddell

Alex Waddell


Health Management Associates

New York, NY

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Alex Waddell is a health policy and public health professional who has served as a consultant for federal, state, and private entities. Alex has technical and analytical experience with Medicare, Medicaid and substance and mental health services. He is skilled in qualitative and quantitative analysis, program implementation and evaluation, and operational technical assistance.

Before joining Health Management Associates, Alex was a senior behavioral analyst and consultant with IBM Consulting. In this role, he provided technical assistance to state Medicaid programs, helping to evaluate and ensure health parity, quality of care, and dissemination of substance use disorder (SUD) and behavioral health treatment best practices across the Children’s Health Insurance Program and adult Medicaid services. Alex also conducted onsite surveys of the rights and quality of care of individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities in long-term support services and beneficiaries of home and community-based services.

Alex previously acted as a Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) state liaison for 14 partner states. He directed communications and managed the processing of state inpatient and ambulatory medical claims data for publication. Alex also served as a research analyst for the SUPPORT Act 1003 Technical Assistance Cohort, developing qualitative abstracts, crafting interview protocols, and conducting interviews aimed at cultivating new standards of care from new SUD treatment initiatives across the national cohort.

Alex contributed to the writing and analysis of mental health and substance use disorder MarketScan, Medicare, and Medicaid health insurance claims data sets to create the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Spending & Use Accounts 2006—2015 for the SAMHSA’s Center for Finance Reform and Innovations.

Alex has a Bachelor of Science in health policy and management from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.