WA: Rachel Quinn Joins HCA Policy Team

HCA LogoRachel Quinn will join the Health Care Authority’s health care policy team on September 1st as the new Special Assistant for Health Care Policy and Programs. As a veteran Northwest health care and policy expert, Quinn, in this newly created position, will help drive broader evidence-based purchasing and policy innovations to benefit health consumers, according to Nathan Johnson, Assistant Director for Health Care Policy at HCA.

Quinn has a great deal of experience for this position. For the past year, she has worked as project manager of the Robert Bree Collaborative, a state-wide public/private consortium established by the Legislature in 2011 to let the state and stakeholders work together to improve the quality of health care, health outcomes and cost-effective care.

Quinn played a significant role as a member of an obstetrics subgroup that issued a report and recommendations to improve obstetric care and place more importance on avoiding elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks of pregnancy, work that is now being implemented.

Prior to that, she worked for King County as a Health Policy Analyst and a Health Policy Liaison. She led and contributed to the Health Information Exchange for the safety-net population in King County project, as well as Public Health’s internal health care reform strategy team and workgroups. She served for five years as the Health Policy Liaison to former King County Executive Ron Sims.