Bill Clark is a senior fellow in the Health Care department at NORC at the University of Chicago. After a 34 year federal career focused on Medicare and Medicaid model innovations, implementation, and evaluations, Bill Clark joined NORC, bringing his broad expertise and knowledge of demonstration model development, data development, research, and demonstration evaluation across federal and state health care delivery systems.
During his tenure at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (formerly the Health Care Financing Administration) in the federal sector, Clark served most recently as the director of the Division of Special Population Research within the Rapid-cycle Research and Evaluation Group in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He directed evaluations of numerous legislatively mandated and CMS-initiated demonstration models including the CMS Financial Alignment Initiative, Nursing Facility Initiatives, Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Services Demonstration, Frontier Extended Stay Clinics, Medicaid Incentives for the Prevention of Chronic Disease Demonstration, and the Graduate Nursing Education Demonstration, among others. For many years Clark oversaw the CMS Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institutions grants programs. For several years he also supervised the development and production of the CMS Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) research files.
During his tenure in the research and demonstration component of CMS, Clark’s demonstration development and implementation focus was on models of care designed to integrate acute care and long term services and supports and financing between Medicare and Medicaid for beneficiaries participating in both programs. In his role as federal project officer, he had a lead role in the demonstration implementation and contract oversight for initial Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations, Social-Health Maintenance Organization health plans, Minnesota Senior Health Options and Disability Health Options health plans, Wisconsin Partnership Program health plans, and the Massachusetts Senior Care Options health plans.
Bill Clark’s responsibilities required a broad understanding of Medicare and Medicaid program, provider, beneficiary characteristics, especially those with special needs, and the Medicare and Medicaid legislative authorities and regulations as have evolved over time. He has developed substantial expertise in the Medicare and Medicaid data and data systems that represent the foundation for the information needed to operate and evaluate initiatives. Clark has directed the production of numerous reports to Congress and final evaluation and other publically released reports that inform the public about evaluation designs, quantitative and qualitative findings on cost and use, quality of care, beneficiary experience and the implications of study results for Medicare and Medicaid policy development.