Carrie Cochran-McClain joins HMA from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) where she most recently served as Director of the Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation (OPAE). As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she provided strategic leadership to HRSA programs on areas of policy, evaluation, planning, and external engagement. She worked across HRSA portfolio touching all HRSA programs, including health centers/FQHCs, maternal and child health, Ryan White, 340b drug discounts, and workforce training and distribution, to help the agency move toward meeting long-term organization goals of transforming healthcare, and increasing efficiency, transparency and accountability of programs.
Carrie served as chief advisor on all cross-agency policy issues arising from legislation, budget proposals, regulatory actions, and federal and state policies and their impact on HRSA populations and providers. She provided strategic direction to HRSA leadership regarding the implications of new payment policies including Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance and proactively develop solutions to ensure the viability of safety net providers. Carrie developed and executed HRSA-wide strategies on cross-agency initiatives and departmental priorities, including delivery system reform, value based payment, and opioids.
Prior to Director, Carrie served as Deputy Director of OPAE where she led the timely implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for HRSA programs, including changes to the 340b program, health center expansions, and creation of the women’s preventive services and home visiting programs. She served as the principal HRSA resource for the agency’s health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion efforts, including analysis of interactions on Ryan White grantees, health centers, and rural health providers. Carrie also led the agency’s efforts around Outreach and Enrollment associated with the ACA coverage expansion. She was an authoritative source of information on a broad range of public health issues to develop policy recommendations at the highest levels of HHS.
Prior to OPAE, Carrie served as Deputy Associate Administrator (aka Deputy Director) for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). In this role, Carrie provided leadership in charting direction of the office, oversight of $180 million budget, and supervision of 45 staff. She oversaw the agency’s rural research, health financing, and policy activities and served as chief advisor for rural financing and policy related matters, both internally and externally within HRSA, HHS, and the public. During that time, Carrie served as the office’s lead on rural hospital issues. As Deputy, Carrie oversaw FORHP fiscal year budget development and execution, program planning, grant guidelines and processes, project management, and strategic planning, and led the tracking and analysis of rural health financing and policy related issues with a focus on publicly funded healthcare programs including Medicare and Medicaid.
Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Willamette University and her Master of Public Administration from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Carrie lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with her husband Tony where she spends her free time chasing after her lovely and highly energetic children, Carter (7) and Livi (4).