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Reginald D. Williams, II

Director at Avalere Health and Academy member since 2011

Reginald D. Williams, II is a new member of the Academy, and brings a unique commitment to NASI’s mission.  He helped formulate NASI’s current strategic plan by serving on the 2011 Board Committee on Strategic Planning, lending to its environmental scan his past experience on the NASI staff (2002-2004) along with his awareness of emerging issues in health care policy, with emphasis on issues involving Medicare.  

“Reggie,” as he is known, holds the title of Director at Avalere, a health care advisory services organization founded in 2000. Since joining Avalere in 2004, he has worked closely with organizations on health care and medical technology policy, with a focus on evidence and its use beyond the realm of regulation and policy, as patients, providers, and payers increasingly turn to scientific information to support improved decision making.  He specializes in the evolution of public and private payers' use of evidence for formulating coverage and reimbursement decisions, with a focus on the Medicare program. He regularly contributes to research projects and peer-reviewed literature as well as speaks to academic and business audiences.   

“When Reggie came to the Academy in 2002 as a newly minted college graduate -- he earned an A.B. in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University -- his understanding of health policy issues far eclipsed that of his peers, and he was already committed to a career focused on improving the health care system,” said Kathy King, Director, Health Care Division for the Government Accountability Office and former Vice President for Health Policy at the Academy. “He soon established himself as one of the leading voices of the next generation of health care leaders.”

In addition to serving as a Howard R. Swearer Public Service Intern in the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Minority Health, Williams was a member of the health policy team at the National Academy of Social Insurance where he was responsible for research and policy analysis related to the long-term future of the Medicare program. While at the Academy, he authored many articles and briefs including Payment and Participation: A Renaissance for Medicare's Private Health Plans?, Medicare and Communities of Color, Restructuring Medicare: A Synthesis of the NASI Medicare Projects and The Unique Needs of Medicare Beneficiaries.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. He is a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant reviewer and a member of Health Technology Assessment International.

Williams and his wife, Taryn, love to travel and use their trips as an opportunity to learn about regional cuisine and ways to enhance the entertaining they do at home.