Andrew Asher

Andrew Asher

Senior Fellow

Andrew Asher has an extensive background in health care management and in using data to help health care payers and disability programs strengthen the integrity of their programs, realize cost savings, monitor programs, and improve program outcomes. His expertise includes managed care oversight, monitoring new payment and delivery systems, building and managing programs, overseeing information technology, and conducting strategic planning.

Asher is nationally recognized for developing and implementing innovative, data-driven approaches to help health care purchasers, insurers, and disability program managers reduce fraud and abuse and manage their costs effectively. He has guided the development and implementation of innovative strategies to detect, prevent, and recover health care fraud and overpayments, including a wide array of models to identify improper payments. Asher also has broad and deep knowledge of health care systems, including Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial managed care and fee-for-service systems, acquired through his work with state Medicaid agencies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and health plans.

Asher rejoined Mathematica in 2013 after serving as vice president and director of government solutions at OptumInsight from 2007 to 2013 and in various leadership roles with the state of Illinois. From 2001 to 2007, he served as the manager of the Fraud Science Team within the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ Office of Inspector General, a group whose innovative fraud detection and prevention work was featured in Government Accountability Office and CMS best practice reviews and the trade press. Asher was a health researcher and analyst at Mathematica from 1989 to 1994 and holds an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan. 

  • Program integrity
  • Fraud detection
  • Predictive analytics and social network analysis
  • Managed care
  • Disability programs
  • Program development and management
  • Strategic planning
Focus Area Topics
  • Health
  • Delivery System Reforms
  • Health Information Technology and Analytics
  • State Health Policy

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