Ceci Connolly Named ACHP President and CEO

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The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) Board of Directors announced today that Ceci Connolly has been selected as the next president and CEO of ACHP. Connolly succeeds Patricia Smith, who in March announced her plans to retire at the end of 2015.

The Washington, D.C.-based ACHP is widely regarded as leading the transformation of health care in the 21st century.  Its members are among the most respected innovators in the area of high-quality, affordable, community-based care. With recent reports, webinars and Capitol Hill briefings on issues as varied as skyrocketing drug costs, telehealth, mental health care and the frail elderly, the alliance is a resource on value-based care, affordability and patient engagement.

Since January 2012, Connolly has served as the managing director of PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI), where she leads national thought leadership and research initiatives for the firm and its clients. A veteran journalist, author and commentator who spent 25 years in the news business, Connolly served as the national health correspondent for The Washington Post.  She is the co-author of “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America’s Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All.”

“We are thrilled to have Ceci lead us forward in our mission to provide the highest-quality care to all Americans,” says Patricia Richards, president and CEO of SelectHealth of Salt Lake City, Utah, and chair of the ACHP Board of Directors. “Her experience and commitment to improving the nation’s health system will serve ACHP well as we head into the future.”

“I am honored to be joining a team that is in the vanguard of the nation’s health care transformation,” says Connolly. “Community health plans are poised to play an even greater role in the future.”

Connolly will take over in January.

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 www.achp.org.