Aaron Wesolowski

Aaron Wesolowski is a Senior Research Director in the health care department at NORC at the University of Chicago. He has over a decade of experience in health services policy analysis, program development, and evaluation. Wesolowski has extensive experience designing, implementing and monitoring components of complex health reform initiatives, including the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts health reform, and the Medicare Part D drug benefit.

Wesolowski is currently a State Technical Assistance Lead for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Alternative Payment Model Innovation Accelerator Program. He also leads Provider Network IQ, a custom analytic tool designed to help health plans create smarter provider networks. Previously, he served as a State Technical Assistance Lead for the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation State Innovation Model initiative. He also led an evaluation of an America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) pilot program to identify solutions to improve the accuracy and efficiency of health plan provider directory data collection.

Prior to joining NORC, Aaron worked at CMS in a variety of roles across the agency's programs. He was the director of Marketplace eligibility policy & operations at CCIIO, responsible for ensuring that the federally-facilitated Marketplace operated consistent with relevant statutory, regulatory, and operational policy. Prior to that, he led implementation of Marketplace verifications at CCIIO, establishing data exchanges with federal, state, and commercial data sources to support Marketplace and Medicaid/CHIP eligibility and development of privacy policy for the program. His first role at CMS was implementation of the Medicare Part D benefit. Prior to CMS, he was a community health Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa.

During his time at CMS, Wesolowski was the recipient of the Leadership Development Review Board “Excellence in Leadership” Award, the CMS Administrator's Achievement Award for his work on the EHR meaningful use rule, and the Secretary's Achievement Award for his work on Part D implementation.