Patrick Gauthier, B.A., is director of Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) Healthcare Solutions and a highly sought after expert on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and on the design and effective deployment of policies and programs that properly align the resources and incentives of health and behavioral health payers, providers, and consumers. Over the course of more than 25 years in the behavioral health field and managed care sector, Mr. Gauthier has held management positions in a variety of treatment settings and served as chief operating officer and chief marketing officer for a national managed behavioral health care organization. He has developed public/private performance-based partnerships for Medicaid provider networks and led the privatization of Idaho’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA's) Substance Abuse Treatment Block Grant. Mr. Gauthier was also responsible for the implementation of mental health parity in group health plans providing coverage to federal and state employees. This experience, combined with his expert understanding of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, enable him to uniquely meet the needs of providers, policymakers, and payers.
Mr. Gauthier has delivered expert consulting to the country’s largest health and behavioral health networks and to systems that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. His work includes tackling issues related to health care law, rules and regulations; health care financing and reimbursement reforms; developing integrated delivery systems and provider networks; behavioral health business planning and implementation; Medicaid managed care plan operations; health informatics and analytics; and performance and value-based reimbursement. He is a dynamic speaker and trainer at national conferences and trade shows, addressing topics including the ACA and reform-related initiatives, integrated delivery systems and collaborative care models, population health management, accountable care organizations and health home models, and program development for new markets and business ecosystems.