The Missouri Hospital Association has honored Ronald J. Levy, executive in residence at Saint Louis University School of Public Health and former director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, with its Health Policy Leadership Award.
The award was presented Thursday, Nov. 10, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association's 89th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.
"Ron served the state during a time of rapid change in health care," said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. "His many years of service as a leader in the hospital community and his commitment to improving the structure of health care delivery made him the right man at the right time."
Levy served as director of Missouri's Department of Social Services from January 2009 to August 2011. Levy previously served as president and CEO of SSM Health Care - St. Louis.
A health policy advisor to Gov. Jay Nixon, Levy played a leading role in managing the state's implementation of the federal health care reform legislation enacted in 2010. As the state's health information technology coordinator, Levy guided the department in creating the human and technical infrastructure to support the development of a statewide health information exchange.
He also oversaw the department's management of various Medicaid challenges and opportunities. These included state implementation of the federally-mandated audits of disproportionate share hospital payments, creating an innovative delivery and financing model for St. Louis ConnectCare and developing demonstration projects to assess new ways of delivering health care more effectively and efficiently.
"Throughout his health care career, Ron has been a tireless advocate of initiatives to reduce the number of uninsured Missourians, improve the efficiency of health care services and improve the integration of health care delivery and financing," Kuhn said. "In his role at Saint Louis University, he will continue to offer wise counsel and help shape the next generation of health care leaders."