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USA Health has named Danny Rickert as its chief policy officer and assistant vice president for medical affairs, a new role that will lead the system's efforts in healthcare policy, regional outreach, and federal and state managed care.
Rickert, a 27-year veteran of USA Health, most recently served as associate administrator for external affiliates and network development.
"We are in a period of growth at USA Health, and I am happy to be a part of the team," Rickert said. "In our role as our region’s only academic health system, we are able to offer the community many unique services through our hospitals, clinics and support services, as well as our teaching and research efforts."
USA Health Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate Vice President Owen Bailey said, "Danny is a valuable member of our team. His knowledge of healthcare policy is impressive, and he never loses sight of our mission -- to help people lead longer, better lives. His leadership will help us grow both now and in the future."
In this new role, Rickert will work closely with the USA Health leadership team to develop strategies and monitor national trends, particularly regarding changes in Medicare, Medicaid and insurance reimbursements. He will collaborate with USA government relations staff in national and state healthcare policy efforts.
He will also be responsible for USA Health's regional referral network and telehealth efforts. Rickert will continue in his leadership role with Gulf Coast Regional Care, a network of Medicaid providers and care management services.
An alumnus of USA, Rickert received his degree in communications. He and his wife, Joan, who also received her degree from USA, have two children and a new grandson, all of whom were born at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
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