by Stephani Simmons
August 28, 2017
Senior Vice President, Public Policy,
American Hospital Association (AHA)
Since 2015, Ashley Thompson has served as senior vice president, public policy analysis & development for the American Hospital Association (AHA). In this role, Ashley provides leadership, strategic direction and management in the development, articulation and advocacy of the association’s policy positions. Additionally, she leads AHA’s formal policy development process, which solicits input from key hospital leaders on issues related to advocacy, public policy and field leadership. A 15-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.
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 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’s degree in English from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan.