Rob Buchanan

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Rob Buchanan, MPP

Principal

Boston, MA

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(617) 720-7800

Rob Buchanan’s passion for health policy and command of healthcare payment and delivery system reform is a powerful combination for clients working to transforms today’s challenges into tomorrow’s successes.

With more than 15 years of experience in both public and private sectors, Rob takes a pragmatic approach to problem solving. An analytic thinker, he leverages his strengths in stakeholder engagement, strategic decision-making, and communications to support client needs.

As a principal, he works with states, health plans, Accountable Care Organizations, safety net hospitals, and community-based providers on a variety of projects spanning health policy and program analysis, financial and healthcare cost modeling, and quality measurement. He has helped clients design provider incentives to support payment and delivery system reform and guided organizations as they develop integrated and accountable care models encompassing primary care, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports. On several large projects, he has been a key “translator” in working with programmers and actuaries to extract healthcare claims data to feed decision-support models that quantify the financial impacts of policy alternatives and assumptions.

Before joining HMA, Rob was program director for performance incentives at Partners Healthcare, Massachusetts’ largest integrated healthcare delivery system. In that role, he administered a portfolio of quality financial incentives across commercial and public payers. He also provided expert analyses and facilitation to clinical and contracting groups on performance measurement, quality benchmarking, and value-based payment models.

During Rob’s tenure with the Massachusetts Medicaid program, he managed key financial components of the Commonwealth’s 2006 health reform effort. As budget director for acute, ambulatory care and behavioral health, he played a critical role in developing federal reimbursement strategies and hospital payment methodologies.

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.

Rob also serves on the board of trustees for Cambridge Health Alliance, a safety net hospital system that serves multiple Boston-area communities, including Somerville, where Rob resides. Outside of work, Rob enjoys exploring the back trails of New England and spending summer weekends on Cape Cod.