The AHA today named Ashley Thompson as its senior vice president for public policy analysis and development. A 12-year veteran of the AHA, Thompson most recently served as acting senior executive for public policy analysis and before that as vice president and deputy director of policy. Before joining AHA, she was health policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she served as 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. “Her combination of policy and legislative experience will go a long way toward advancing the hospital agenda,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “In her new role, she will oversee the various areas of the policy department, including hospital finance and payment, data and trends analysis, quality and patient safety, health information technology and the State Issues Forum.”