Associate Director, Payment Reform

Rob Houston, MBA, MPP is the associate director for payment reform at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). He works on projects involving the design and implementation of value-based payment (VBP) models, including providing technical assistance to state Medicaid agencies, provider organizations, and health plans. Mr. Houston also leads state-based efforts to implement Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) programs, and provides guidance to states under the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program for Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations, which is a collaboration between the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Mr. Houston has authored numerous publications related to VBP and ACO development.

Previously, Mr. Houston 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. Outside of health care, he has worked with Therapy Dogs International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing therapy dogs with those in need of emotional support; Samsung Electronics America; and founded a marketing and business planning consulting firm.

Mr. Houston 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 in political science from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.