ACHP President and CEO Patricia Smith Announces Retirement

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2015 
CONTACT:  Rachel Schwartz
Patricia Smith has announced she will retire at the end of 2015 from the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). The organization has nearly doubled in size since Smith became president and CEO in 2006. Smith previously served as senior vice president for policy at ACHP from 2001 to 2004.Smith is announcing her departure now to allow sufficient time for the ACHP Board of Directors to find a successor. The board has formed a search committee and a nationwide search for a qualified external or internal candidate will begin immediately.

“Patricia has greatly advanced the mission of the organization,” said ACHP Board Chair Patricia Richards, president and CEO of SelectHealth of Salt Lake City, Utah. “Her commitment to better health and better health care, her policy and political savvy, and her knowledge of Medicare and health plans have been great assets to ACHP and to our member organizations. We are committed to finding a successor who will carry forward her great work as a champion of the mission of high-performing community-based health plans: to improve health and health care in the communities we serve.”

“It’s been my extraordinary good fortune to work with ACHP plans and their remarkable leaders for over a decade. As national leaders in quality, care coordination, integrated financing and delivery, their ideas improve care locally and provide roadmaps for what is possible nationally,” said Smith. “Innovating and staying focused on what is essential for patients and communities has been the foundation for the success of ACHP plans for decades. To reflect and magnify that has been ACHP’s goal every day.”

Under Smith’s leadership, a strong team has shaped ACHP’s work in several areas, including:

·         Learning and innovation.  ACHP has worked with member plans’ chief medical officers and clinical leaders to create an influential learning network that has served ACHP plans and helped shape developments in national policy. Plans that developed alternative payment strategies reshaping provider performance incentives have shared the principles, designs and metrics for success not only with each other, but also with congressional and agency policy makers.

·         Performance Excellence.  ACHP has developed sophisticated tools for helping member plans assess and better their performance in clinical care, access, customer satisfaction and affordability.

·         Public policy.  With strong leadership from the ACHP Board of Directors, Smith built the organization’s lobbying capability and visibility in Congress and the Administration. ACHP is viewed as an important resource for best practices on integrated delivery of care, payment models that encourage high performance and customer value in both public sector programs and the commercial market.

·         Value.  Smith’s team has advocated for and achieved value-based payment in Medicare Advantage, and ACHP member organizations are recognized for their national leadership in quality, care delivery and payment innovation.

ACHP member organizations are represented disproportionately in the top ranks of Medicare and commercial health plans nationwide: In 2015, ACHP member organizations ranked #1 in the nation in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health plans according to NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings for 2014-2015, with 9 of the nation’s top 10 Medicare plans, 6 of the top 10 plans in the commercial rankings and 3 of the top 10 Medicaid plans. ACHP members were the #1 commercial plan in 19 states and the District of Columbia. ACHP plans also lead the nation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Star Ratings.


About ACHP
The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 18 million Americans. These 23 organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reforms, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more about ACHP, go to