Deputy Director, Center for Behavioral Health (CBH)

Emily EhrlichMs. Ehrlich has more than 20 years of experience in health care policy and research. Previously at Altarum, she was the project director of a multi-million dollar Practice Transformation Network grant with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), including a target population of 4,000 primary care and behavioral health providers launching Altarum’s Depression Screening and Responsible Opioid Prescribing medical education programs.

She also served as a consultant at Mathematica Policy Research to evaluate CMMI’s Health Care Innovation Awards, designed to identify programs or program components that are promising in terms of improving patient outcomes and reducing spending. She managed a study funded by CMS to develop new quality measures and to maintain, reevaluate, and refine existing measures for two Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program areas: beneficiaries with substance use disorders and beneficiaries with physical-mental health integration. She also facilitated technical expert panels for these programs. At the University of Michigan, she collaborated on a research team implementing the National Comorbidity Survey (Adolescent), funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, to provide information on the prevalence of mental disorders among US youth.

She is a co-author of 16 journal articles and technical reports on health care cost and utilization, quality, and other policy analyses and assessment, including a study on the use of quality measures for Medicaid behavioral health services by state agencies; a SAMSHA report on the cost-effectiveness and funding strategies for crisis services in the US; as well as a University of Michigan study on the behavioral and physiologic aspects of cigarette smoking, which formed the basis for the Weight Control Smoking Scale assessment tool.

Prior to joining Altarum, Ms. Ehrlich managed health care analysis and research projects at Truven Health Analytics, The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, Vector Research Incorporated (now Altarum), and the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

Ms. Ehrlich holds a master’s degree in Health Behavior and Health Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).