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A veteran healthcare executive in the public and private realms, Tony’s leadership has delivered results in various settings, including hospitals, health systems, health plans, and state and federal health agencies.
During his more than 30-year career, Tony has made an indelible impact on local, state, and federal healthcare agencies, providing Medicare and Medicaid policy and program leadership, strategic planning and directing execution of those plans.
Tony works with clients who are developing strategic and long-range business plans, health insurance market reform and health insurance exchange operations. He also helps clients navigate delivery system redesign and network development, payment reform strategies, and development of healthcare information and health analytics infrastructure and performance reporting.
Most recently, Tony served as deputy administrator at CMS where he worked with the Innovation Center to design and develop the State Innovation Models Initiative. The initiative provided financing and policy authority to states to plan and design innovative state level multi-payer accountable care delivery system designs and payment reforms. As a CMS deputy administrator, he had access to the CMS administrator and the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ executive leadership. In this capacity, Tony also had the opportunity to work with HRSA, AHRQ, and the CDC on broad integrated policy initiatives focused on maximizing the policy authorities provided in the ACA.
Prior to joining CMS, Tony was director of the Arizona Medicaid Agency. His health plan executive experience includes serving as general manager for WellPoint Health Networks (now Anthem Healthcare) and the CEO that started up the L.A. Care Medicaid health plan in Los Angeles.
Tony spent the first part of his career as the executive leader of major health systems, including the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Arizona; Olive View Medical Center of Sylmar, California; and the H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center in Los Angeles. Tony started his career with the L.A. County Department of Health Services and developed its first strategic facilities master plan.
He has also worked with such organizations as the Commissioner’s Office for Major League Baseball and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee to develop athlete drug testing protocols and processes.
Tony has a Master of Science in public health and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from UCLA. They have enhanced the expertise and experience he brings to clients, especially when consulting on strategic restructuring, delivery system redesign, managed care conversions, or working with clients preparing to implement health insurance exchanges and coverage expansion.