An expert in value-based payment, home and community-based services, and Medicare-Medicaid integration, Matt Wimmer is the former director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid, who led the agency for five years and through the COVID-19 pandemic.
While director, he led the implementation of Healthy Connections Value Care, Idaho Medicaid’s accountable care program, and directed major hospital and nursing facility payment reforms. In addition, he also led a significant expansion of managed care for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid in Idaho, changes to Idaho’s primary care program to support patient-centered medical homes, coronavirus response efforts, children’s mental health reform, and intellectual and developmental disabilities services reform.
In addition to serving as director, he also served the Department of Health and Welfare as deputy administrator of policy and innovation, bureau chief of medical care, and program manager of the medical care unit.
Prior to joining the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Matt worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics San Diego Chapter and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ).
He served on the Board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors as a Western Region representative and participated as a Medicaid Leadership Institute fellow through the Center for Healthcare Strategies in 2019.
Matt earned a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and has a Master of Arts in anthropology from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science, also in anthropology, from the University of Utah.
He enjoys cycling, hiking, climbing, and searching for interesting rocks in out of the way places.