Asha Cesar is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is also currently the Executive Director of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) population health management entity, CHS Physician Partners. In this role, Asha manages the administration, operations and performance of the health system’s value-based contract portfolio which impacts over ~100,000 New Yorkers.
Prior to her position at CHSLI, Asha worked for several years in program operations and health policy positions for Mount Sinai Health System, Northwell Health, The National Governors Association and other non-profit and government agencies. Some of her notable achievements include launching upside and downside risk MSSP ACOs for two major health systems, serving as an advisor on Medicaid cost containment strategies to gubernatorial and other state officials and developing an introductory health care course for undergraduates at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Asha has subject matter expertise in IPAs and ACOs, ambulatory network development, Medicare regulatory and legislative affairs, quality performance improvement, and cost containment strategies. She served as a Health Policy Fellow for the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation and Adjunct Professor for St. John’s University. She is a member of The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Asha was awarded an MPH in Health Policy from The George Washington University and a BA in Organizational Communications from Northeastern University.
This course is an introduction to major health policy issues and examines the role of government in the health care system. An important focus of the course is an assessment of the role of policy analysis in the formation and implementation of national and local health policy. Because much of government health policy relates to or is implemented through payment systems, emphasis will be placed on the discussion of the policy implications of how government pays for care. The role of the legal system with respect to adverse medical outcomes, economic rights, and individual rights is also discussed. Proposals for health policy reform at the national and local level are examined throughout the course, as well as Medicare and Medicaid reforms currently being implemented or considered.