Health Management Associates

About HMA

Health Management Associates (HMA) is an independent, national research and consulting firm specializing in publicly funded healthcare reform, policy and programs. Founded in 1985, we are now more than 165 consultants strong and still growing. Our team has an intimate understanding of the challenges and constraints our clients face, and we work across disciplines and geographical areas to put that knowledge to work for every client. Simply put, no one knows publicly funded healthcare like we do.

We’re Ready to Help

The depth and breadth of expertise among our colleagues spans the healthcare industry and stretches across the nation. We have helped a diverse range of healthcare industry leaders find better ways to tackle their biggest challenges. Amid the ever changing landscape, our team stands ready to put our experience and expertise to work for you. As we head into 2017, how can we help?

In 2016 we worked with a wide variety of clients.

The chart below illustrates the percentage of our business that came from each client type.


  • Local, State & Federal Government 28% 28%
  • Healthcare Providers 20% 20%
  • Health Plans 25% 25%
  • Foundations & Associations 7% 7%
  • Investors & Investment Community 2% 2%
  • Pharmaceutical, Educational Institutions, Other 18% 18%

Our Work

View a sampling of our diverse 2016 projects

Initiative to Decriminalize Mental Illness

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation tapped HMA to assess and recommend a comprehensive model of care for individuals in East Baton Rouge Parish with behavioral health and substance use needs.

50-State Medicaid Budget Survey

For the 16th year HMA helped the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured produce this annual go-to resource.

Evaluation and Planning Pays Off

HMA Community Strategies helped a unique non-profit develop evaluation and planning tools to better define the non-health entity’s role in the healthcare landscape.

Building a Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Clinical Institute

HMA is providing interim executive director services for a community hospital’s behavioral health service line. Our structured approach is getting results.

Grant Writing that Gets Results

Our team of experts helped clients, including FQHCs and FQHC Look-Alikes, secure over $66 million in grants.

Medicaid Waivers and Payment Models

Our Medicaid experts work side by side with states to successfully secure waivers and create innovative payment models.

Behavioral Health Services Assessment and Integration Implementation

Our team helped Cook County Health and Hospitals System develop a plan for a specialty behavioral health service line and implement an integrated care model at its outpatient PCMH sites.

Tools and Solutions

Value-Based Payment Readiness Assessment Tool

This powerful, web-based self-assessment will help your organization develop strategies to become ready for value-based payment.

Medicaid Managed Care Regulations Impact Analysis & Implementation Tool

Understand and assess the impact of new Medicaid managed care regulations, establish a work plan and track progress toward compliance.

Care Management Training

Our team of providers, nurses and behavioral health clinicians is trained and ready to help you put a care management model in place.

ACI Roadmap

A comprehensive guide to the tools you need to integrate healthcare delivery systems for vulnerable populations.

Integrated Delivery System Readiness Assessment

This customized tool will untangle the critical elements of a successful integrated delivery system and pave the way for transformation.

Our Insights

Speaking Engagements


Blog Posts

Documents Added to HMAIS Website

Our Reach


States with Projects

New Offices

New Colleagues

Integrated Care Delivery

HMA Hosts Inaugural Conference

Nearly 250 industry leaders gathered in Chicago for HMA’s inaugural conference, “The Future of Publicly Sponsored Healthcare: Building Integrated Delivery Systems for Vulnerable Populations.” Experts from across the country shared best practices, important insights and proven strategies for integrating care amid rising quality and cost expectations.

Keynote Speakers


Breakout Sessions



HMA Moderators

HMA Website

New Website Launched

It was time for a makeover. HMA’s revamped website features a fresh look, updated content and more intuitive navigation. The website is compatible with mobile devices, has a robust search function and includes insights from our experts on the HMA blog. The end result is a better user experience for our visitors. Check it out for yourself.

Our 2017 Forecast

Medicare Advantage Remains Solid Moving Forward

The November 8, 2016 election has created a lot of uncertainty in the healthcare industry because it could present a number of changes for the industry that is still acclimating…read more

2017 Will be Monumental for Healthcare Policy

Few things are certain. As Benjamin Disraeli once said: “That which you anticipate seldom occurs.” But here is one forecast you can take to the bank…read more

Healthcare Services for Justice-Involved Individuals

States that expanded Medicaid gained two advantages in addressing adults involved with the criminal justice system…read more

State Medicaid Programs to Fine Tune Payment Methods to Account for Social Risk Factors

In 2017, we are likely to see a greater number of state Medicaid programs lay the groundwork to develop payment methods that account for the social determinants of health…read more

Some States Won’t Wait

Much of the attention of the nation will be focused on Congressional decisions about the future of Obamacare and of entitlement reform. But action at the state level is likely in 2017…read more

The Need for Data

With the inevitable change and resulting uncertainty regarding the new Health and Human Services administration’s approach to publicly funded healthcare programs…read more

The Future of Waivers

Section 1115 waivers have long been a part of the Medicaid landscape, especially since the 1990s when they emerged as a state-by-state reform tool when national legislation was proposed but not enacted during the first Clinton administration…read more

We look forward to the opportunity to work together in 2017.