David S. Cade
Executive Vice President/CEO
American Health Lawyers Association
David S. Cade is the Executive Vice President/CEO of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the nation’s largest nonpartisan educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field. The Association’s more than 13,500 members practice in a variety of settings in the health care community. He joined AHLA in March 2015.
Mr. Cade’s broad leadership experience in the health law profession includes a 14-year role as Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he supported program policy and developed legal positions to expand health insurance and coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries, as well as established creative solutions to support Medicaid program expansions. During his 28 year career at HHS, he also served as the Acting General Counsel and he was the Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Family and Children’s Health Programs Group and Acting Deputy Director of the Medicaid Bureau. Mr. Cade also served as a working group member of the Clinton White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.
Prior to accepting the top staff position at AHLA in 2015, Mr. Cade was a Shareholder in the Health Care and Public Policy Practices at the national law firm Polsinelli, P.C. in Washington, DC, where he advised large hospitals, health systems, associations, corporations, and community providers.
Mr. Cade also served for six years on AHLA’s Board of Directors (2009-2015), where his work included efforts to increase the diversity of the Association’s members and leaders as well as to broaden participation among public sector lawyers, non-lawyer health care practitioners, health care liability experts, and academicians.
David Cade is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in his field and for health care delivery systems and has advocated for greater focus around the issue during his time in both the public and private sectors.
Throughout his career he has created a collaborative environment where public and private sector parties can come together to discuss the most challenging legal and policy issues impacting the health care system including financing, reimbursement, compliance, quality and patient centered care, fraud and abuse, corporate governance, emergency preparedness, and numerous coverage and eligibility policy issues.
Mr. Cade earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and his B.A. from The College of William and Mary. He is a member of several bar associations including the District of Columbia Bar, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bar, The U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and several other Circuit courts.