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DS Consulting

Monday, January 01, 0001


David Simnitt 

Behavioral health integration, health systems leadership, oral health integration, project management, public policy facilitation, organizational development, strategies to address rising pharmaceutical costs, strategies to address social determinants of health, value-based payment and payment strategies

David Simnitt, principal at DS Consulting, has more than 20 years of program and policy development experience.

David has a proven ability to implement policy initiatives. His success hinges on clearly defining policy objectives, developing paths to implementation, identifying potential barriers, and collaborating and negotiating with stakeholders, partners and decision-makers with consistency and perseverance.

These successes have brought millions of new dollars, through grants and other awards, to support the priorities and initiatives of the organizations he has worked for. Examples include:

  • Redesigning Idaho’s developmental disability services system
  • Moving fee-for-service behavioral health providers to statewide managed care
  • Leveraging information technology to establish inter-state electronic health record connectivity
  • Creating outcome and incentive-based payments for managed care, primary care, and oral health providers
  • Establishing the first program in the country to share additional federal Medicaid dollars directly with participating Tribes

David regularly contributes to national health policy discussions. He has been a recent conference plenary session panelist on state approaches to managing pharmacy spending and co-led a session around trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences.

Prior to launching DS Consulting, David spent 5½ years as deputy Medicaid director in Idaho and Oregon and served 1½ years as Oregon’s Medicaid Director.

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