Anne Gauthier, Senior Program Director

Anne Gauthier is senior program director at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where she manages a portfolio of projects on state roles in health reform and health system performance. Currently, she directs the State Health Exchange Leadership Network, a peer-to-peer learning community for state officials working on health benefit exchange development, supported by state funds and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Anne also directs NASHP’s contract to evaluate CMS’s State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative.  In addition, she serves as project director for a project to foster integrated delivery systems with effective state health policy, funded by Kaiser-Permanente Community Benefit, and is on the evaluation team for the CMS Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration.

Anne previously served as project director for the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s Trailblazer States project to support states in designing a state-level quality measurement infrastructure. In addition, she directed a study commissioned by the West Virginia Insurance Department aimed at exploring opportunities for regional health insurance exchanges.  She was formerly the project director for NASHP’s technical assistance role in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health Reform Assistance Network, the project director for the HSRA State Health Access Program policy assistance contract., and as project director for a Commonwealth Fund project, Advancing State Health Performance: New State Roles, including studies of payment reform innovations, state roles in strengthening primary and chronic care, and accountable care organizations, with an emphasis on public and private collaboration (including Medicaid, state employee purchasers, community leaders, and private providers and payers).

Prior to joining NASHP in July 2009, Anne was assistant vice president of The Commonwealth Fund and deputy director of the Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System. She also directed the Fund’s State Innovations program. Prior to joining the Fund in May 2005, she was vice president of Academy Health where she served as program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization initiative and senior advisor for the Foundation’s State Coverage Initiatives. Before joining Academy Health in 1989, she was senior researcher for the National Leadership Commission on Health Care., a private commission charged with developing a system-wide public/private strategy to control rising costs, improve the quality, appropriateness, and efficiency of care, and ensure universal access to a basic level of services.  She held a position in the congressional Office of Technology Assessment from 1980 to 1986. Anne holds an AB in molecular biology from Princeton University and a MS in health administration from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health.