As Principal at Healthsperien, Ray offers clients deep and wide-ranging expertise in health care spanning the care and management spectrum including patients, providers, educators, payers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Ray’s decade plus of experience has imparted expertise in the diverse issues of health care policy. In addition, he has led and been actively involved in numerous multi-stakeholder coalitions aimed at improving our nation’s health care delivery and financing systems.
Prior to joining Healthsperien, Ray served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. As part of the senior leadership team, he managed a team while leading and executing the overall strategic vision of the AOA’s national membership organization, which is comprised of nearly 130,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students nationwide. He oversaw the AOA’s diverse Federal & State government relations program, including the legislative, regulatory, advocacy, and political operations of the organization. Shaping the Association’s message, he frequently was an on-the-record spokesperson commenting on various aspects of the health care industry.
Ray also held the positions of AOA’s Deputy Director of Government Relations and Director of Congressional Affairs before joining the senior leadership team. During his tenure at the AOA, he led the association’s efforts on many issues, including Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform, graduate medical education, delivery system reform, and efforts to implement new payment models for physicians under both public and private systems. Ray also represented the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) as their Director of Government Relations.
His background also includes holding government relations positions at Merck Pharmaceuticals and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), and serving as Vice President of Strategic Alliances at SevenTwenty Strategies, where he provided grassroots and public affairs counsel to a range of health care clients. Ray began his career in health care government relations as a policy advisor in the Health and Life Sciences practice of B&D Consulting.
A native of Arizona, Ray received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona, where he served as Student Body President and on the Arizona Alumni Association Board.