Ashley ThompsonAshley Thompson became senior vice president, public policy analysis & development for the American Hospital Association (AHA) in Nov. 2015. In this role, Ashley provides leadership, strategic direction and management to a team of policy specialists in the development, articulation and advocacy of policy positions. She oversees the various areas of the policy department, including hospital finance and payment, data and trends analysis, quality and patient safety, health information technology and the State Issues Forum. Additionally, she leads AHA’s formal governance and policy development process, which solicits member input on key advocacy, public policy and hospital field leadership issues. A 12-year veteran of the AHA, Ashley most recently served as acting senior executive for public policy analysis and before that as vice president and deputy director of policy and director of policy.

Previously, Ashley was Health Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she served as policy lead for Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Medicare Part A issues, including those related to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and hospice. During her tenure with the Committee, she developed and drafted the Medicare provisions adopted in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, including provisions related to value-based purchasing and post-acute care payment reforms.

Before working on Capitol Hill, Ashley spent seven years at hospitals and health systems, working in the areas of strategic planning, finance and policy at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health Systems, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, and Mount Sinai Health System in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan.