In April, 2007, Andy Carter became the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), the national association that supports, promotes and advocates for community-based, nonprofit home health and hospice providers that care for all individuals regardless of complexity of condition or ability to pay. The nation's network of VNAs and other nonprofit freestanding home health and hospice agencies share a mission to provide cost-effective and compassionate home healthcare and hospice to some of the nation's most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Since joining the VNAA, Andy has led several key strategic initiatives to provide better advocacy and support for its members and the patients they serve, including work to move VNAA's headquarters from Boston to Washington, DC, in 2007. He has advanced efforts to promote new investments in the home healthcare workforce, reform the healthcare delivery system to increase emphasis on home and community-based care, improve quality of care, and strengthen Medicare program integrity.
For the six years prior to joining the VNAA, Carter was the President of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association (OCHA), representing six of the nation's top regional children's hospitals. In that role, he led successful campaigns to improve children's health access, coverage, and quality.
Before becoming a healthcare association leader, Andy was President and Principal of Carter Consulting, Inc., a full service management consulting firm providing strategy and management support and consultation to managed care organizations, physician groups and home health agencies. Andy previously held leadership positions with Foundation Health Corporation, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
He is an honors graduate of Georgetown University and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is married and has two children.
Messages from VNAA's President and CEO
CEO Monthly Columns:
You Asked, We Delivered: VNAA Unveils New Business Savings Program (November 2011)
The Home Health Therapy Scam: A Story Worthy of the Tabloids (October 2011)
When it Comes to Deficit Reduction, The Best Defense is a Good Offense (September 2011)
Guilty as Charged: The VNAA's Fingerprints on the Proposed Home Health Payment Rules (August 2011)
With Hospice Advocacy, Do We Really Want to Stand United? (June 2011)
VNAA Board of Directors Sets Tone for Next Five Years (June 13, 2011)
Exploiting the VNAA Quality Advantage (May 2011)
Necessity is the Mother of Collaboration (April 2011)
Adapting to Reimbursement Cuts: VNAA Member Survey Points to Mix of Spending Cuts, Innovation and New Revenue Strategies (March 2011)
2010 Performance Breakthroughs and 2011 Challenges and Opportunities (February 2011)
VNAA Board of Directors January Meeting Highlights (February 2011)
Will the Federal Government Give You the Recognition You Deserve? (January 2011)
What Happens If Partisan Gridlock Jams Up Progress in Washington? (December 2010)
The VNAA Value Proposition: How does $43.5 Million Sound?" (November 2010)
When the Going Gets Tough, Check Your Vision (Statement) (October 2010)
When the Going Gets Tough, Community Matters Most (September 2010)
Why Dr. Don Berwick Needs to Meet Arne Duncan (August 2010)
The Urgent Need to Preserve Nonprofit Hospice (July 2010)
Beating the Competition Even When It Bends (or Breaks) the Rules (June 2010)
It Is a Competitive Market Out There. How to Stand Out From the Crowd. (May 2010)
Nature, Vacuums and Healthcare Reform (April 2010)
The Year in Review (February 2010)
The Company We Keep: Make Connections that Matter (January 2010)
2008 Yearly Message to VNAs