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Thompson Promoted to AHA Senior Vice President Public Policy Analysis and Development


WASHINGTON — November 11, 2015 — The American Hospital Association (AHA) today named Ashley Thompson senior vice president for public policy analysis and development.

A 12-year AHA veteran, Thompson will lead the AHA’s efforts to develop and promote public policy ideas and positions that ensure that the unique needs of hospitals and health systems are heard and addressed in the national health policy arena. She also will play a critical role in developing and implementing the association’s advocacy agenda. In addition, she will work to educate policymakers about the implications legislation and regulations have on hospitals and the patients they serve.

“Ashley’s combination of policy and legislative experience will be invaluable to hospitals as they navigate national health policy. Her extensive knowledge of the many policy issues hospitals deal with has served our field well, and she’ll continue to do so in her new role,” said Rick Pollack, AHA’s president and CEO.

Most recently, Thompson served as acting senior executive for public policy analysis, and prior to that, she was vice president and deputy director of policy. In that role since 2012, Thompson provided leadership, strategic direction and management to a team of policy specialists in the development, articulation and advocacy of policy positions. 

Previously, Thompson served as Health Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she was the policy lead for Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Medicare Part A issues, including those related to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and hospice. During her tenure with the committee, she was a key contributor to provisions adopted in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, including those related to value-based purchasing and post-acute care payment reforms. 

Before working on Capitol Hill, Thompson spent four years as a senior associate director of policy at the AHA. Prior to this, she worked at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health Systems, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Mount Sinai Health System in Chicago in the areas of strategic planning, finance and policy. 



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