Director, Payment Reform

Rob Houston, MBA, MPP, is the director of 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) models, including providing technical assistance to state Medicaid agencies, provider organizations, and health plans. Mr. Houston provides guidance to states under the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program for Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations, a collaboration between the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and leads state-based efforts to implement VBP and Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) programs. 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. 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 degree in political science from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.