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), population-based payment, and delivery system reform models, including accountable care organizations (ACOs).  During his time at CHCS, Rob has provided technical assistance on issues related to delivery system and payment reform to more than 35 state Medicaid agencies, and many provider organizations, health plans, and community-based organizations. He currently leads CHCS’ work on the Medicaid Primary Care Population-Based Payments Learning Collaborative. 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 support 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 time outside of CHCS, Rob enjoys spending time with friends, family, and dogs; traveling; a good conversation or debate; and of course, long walks on the beach.