Ellen Breslin is a principal with Health Management Associates in Boston with more than 30 years of experience in health care policy and financing, with a passion and commitment to improving access and quality for individuals living with disabilities. Ellen is an expert in conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses in the Medicaid arena and across the Medicaid and Medicare programs to design programs for persons with disabilities. Ellen has also developed analytical models and data files for states, managed care plans including integrated care plans, and providers including accountable care organizations.

Prior to HMA, Ellen was an independent consultant and held leadership positions in the state and federal government. Ellen was the first director of the Managed Care Reimbursement and Analysis for MassHealth, where she developed, negotiated, and managed all key financial provisions of contracts including capitation rates, risk sharing, performance programs for all managed and integrated health plans. Prior to that, Ellen was a principal analyst for the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), where she wrote reports and testimony for the Congress.

Ellen has taken on data-intensive and heavy quantitative projects on a range of topics including her most recent work for the State of Minnesota included the development of a framework and an analysis to account for social risk factors in measuring health disparities and the relationship between medical and social risk factors and health care cost and quality outcomes. Breslin has a portfolio of publicly-available reports for a variety of organizations including the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI), the Massachusetts Disability Policy Consortium, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), Community Catalyst, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her recent work for the Minnesota can be found here.

Ellen received her master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.

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