Rob Buchanan, MPP
Rob Buchanan is a strategic leader and systems thinker with 20 years of experience working to make health care and social services more accessible, equitable, and effective. He works with state agencies, hospitals, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations on projects spanning health policy and program analysis, financial and cost modeling, and quality improvement.
Rob’s expertise in organizational development includes strategic and operational planning, leadership development, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, board/management relations, operational dashboards, and business process transformation. He also has deep expertise in Medicaid policy, value-based care models, population health management, and data analytics.
Rob’s professional experience includes a focus on high-need populations, including helping clients develop measures and processes to assess health care disparities across social risk factors and health-related social needs. Rob also helped behavioral health providers assess barriers to care and improved processes to identify and triage individuals for urgent and crisis services.
Prior to joining HMA, Rob was program director for performance incentives at Mass General Brigham, Massachusetts’ largest integrated healthcare delivery system. He administered value-based financial incentives across payers.
During Rob’s tenure with the Massachusetts Medicaid program, he managed key financial components of the Commonwealth’s health reform effort. As budget director, he developed federal financing strategies and hospital payment methodologies.
Rob also served on the Board of Trustees for Cambridge Health Alliance, a safety net hospital system that serves multiple Boston-area communities. He served as chairperson of several board committees and provided board-level leadership and guidance on development of the organization’s five-year strategic plan.
Rob earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.