Rob Houston, MBA, MPP, is the director of delivery system and payment reform at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, he oversees CHCS’ work on projects involving the design and implementation of value-based payment (VBP) and delivery system reform models, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  During his time at CHCS, Rob has provided technical assistance to more than 35 state Medicaid agencies, and many provider organizations, health plans, and community-based organizations on issues related to delivery system and payment reform. He currently leads CHCS’ work related to the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (HCP LAN) Primary Care Initiative, as well as the Strengthening Primary Care through Medicaid Managed Care project, funded by The Commonwealth Fund. Rob has authored numerous publications related to VBP and ACO development.

Previously, Rob worked as senior director of ACO network and value-based payment for the NYC Health + Hospitals ACO, and provided consulting to Robert Wood Johnson Partners and the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy on issues pertaining to ACO development. Rob holds a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in health policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and a master of business administration degree in marketing from Rutgers Business School. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.

In his spare time during the COVID pandemic, Rob enjoys wearing masks, staying indoors, staying socially distanced when outdoors, and getting vaccinated.  He also enjoys jokes.