Enrique Martinez-Vidal is vice president for State Policy and Technical Assistance at AcademyHealth. He is currently the project director of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored Payment Reform for Population Health initiative focusing on developing a better understanding of the landscape of current efforts and successes related to payment reform activities that support community-wide population health improvement. The project seeks to understand the challenges and barriers of designing alternative payment models that are more supportive of population health, pursue activities to help overcome those barriers, and identify the conditions and facilitators that can underpin those community-focused payment models.

Until its recent conclusion, for eight years he was also the director of State Coverage Initiatives, an RWJF grant program which provided timely, experience- and research-based information and technical assistance to state leaders in order to help them move the coverage aspects of health care reform forward at the state level.

Mr. Martinez-Vidal also oversees two of AcademyHealth’s learning collaboratives: the Medicaid Medical Directors Network and the State-University Partnership Learning Network. From 2010 to 2015, he served as a trustee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Martinez-Vidal was the co-project director for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored initiative to manage and learn about payment and delivery system reform by working with a number of payment reform grantees to compile and disseminate lessons learned. Additionally, from 2011 to 2014, he served as the Project Director for AHRQ's Knowledge Transfer and Implementation Contract overseeing AcademyHealth’s work with the Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network and the Medicaid Network for Evidence-Based Treatment (MEDNET) project. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the project director for the State Quality Improvement Institute, a Commonwealth Fund-sponsored learning collaborative and technical assistance project that assisted states with developing and implementing sustainable quality improvement strategies.

Previously Mr. Martinez-Vidal was the deputy director for performance and benefits at the Maryland Health Care Commission, an independent state agency and, prior to that, was a policy analyst with the Maryland Department of Legislative Services staffing the House Economic Matters Committee.

He has a B.A. in political science and international studies from Dickinson College and a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

Mr. Martinez-Vidal areas of expertise include coverage and access; private health insurance; Medicaid and CHIP; payment and delivery system reform, quality policies and processes; and state health research and policy.

Why HSR?

“I think AcademyHealth’s efforts to support evidence-based policymaking at the state level are critically important. So much of today’s health reform work across the topical spectrum is happening at the state level – access and coverage, payment and delivery system transformation, and population health. State researchers and state policymakers are interested in how policymaking and programmatic implementation can be better informed by objective evidence.”

Authored by Enrique Martinez-Vidal, M.P.P.


Four Elements that Influence Payment Reform for Population Health

AcademyHealth's Payment Reform for Population Health team identified four major element domains that influence the conditions and collaborations associated with how health care purchasers, plans, and providers might support strategies for sustainable funding and financing activities and infrastructure that can bolster non-clinical community-wide population health.

Evidence-Based State Health Policymaking: Researcher and Policymaker Perspectives

This report explores the general contours of the state policy landscape through surveys administered to researchers and policymakers. The report highlights perceptions of evidence-based health policymaking in the states, identifies potential strategies for generating useful and relevant information that facilitate evidence-based decision making, and points to key strategies in moving that evidence into action.