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Kenneth E. Raske
A national expert on health care policy and finance, Kenneth E. Raske celebrated his 25th anniversary as President of Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) in 2009. Since arriving at GNYHA in 1984, Mr. Raske has been instrumental in growing the Association’s membership to nearly 250 hospitals and continuing care facilities, both voluntary and public, in the metropolitan New York area and throughout the State, as well as New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Under Mr. Raske’s leadership, GNYHA has played a critical role at the State level opposing health care funding cutbacks and advocating for the passage of legislation that will help protect funding for teaching hospitals and charity care programs, expand health insurance coverage for low-income, uninsured adults, and recruit and retain a qualified health care workforce.
On the Federal front, GNYHA has been a leading advocate for relief from the deep Medicare and Medicaid cuts—particularly to teaching hospitals—that threaten the health care community almost every year. GNYHA is also a strong advocate, on both the State and Federal levels, for fair payment practices by private insurers and HMOs, and has been a staunch and vocal supporter of tort reform, among other issues. And Mr. Raske was a leading voice in the passage of national health reform, advocating fiercely for the protection of teaching institutions and safety net hospitals while pushing for access to insurance coverage for all Americans.
GNYHA, under Mr. Raske’s direction, has developed expertise in the areas of government affairs; health finance; managed care; long term care; and numerous legal, regulatory, and professional affairs including workforce shortage issues and quality-of-care issues. Mr. Raske also created The Health Economics and Outcomes Research Institute (THEORI), which analyzes and interprets fiscal data and economic trends affecting health care providers.
During Mr. Raske’s tenure, GNYHA has developed a portfolio of business subsidiaries called GNYHA Ventures, a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association that provides an array of important business services to the health care community. Significantly, GNYHA’s advocacy efforts receive substantial financial support from these businesses, creating a valuable symbiotic relationship. In 2010, GNYHA’s affiliated businesses are expected to engage in approximately $9 billion worth of commerce.
Mr. Raske is a frequent lecturer on health care topics. Before becoming GNYHA’s President, Mr. Raske held positions as Senior Vice President and Deputy Director at the Michigan Hospital Association, Study Director at the American Hospital Association, and Research Associate at the American Medical Association.