Paul Peaper will become president of the Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living effective July 1.

Peaper will succeed Zach Cattell, who has been serving as interim president of IHCA/INCAL since spring, when he resigned the permanent position.

Peaper has deep experience in health and insurance policy, legislation and state and federal regulations, especially those governing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, IHCA/INCAL said in announcing his appointment. Peaper most recently served as the executive director of strategic affairs and corporate partnerships at Indiana University Health.

In his new role, he’ll lead an organization representing more than 485 long-term and post-acute care communities across Indiana.

“He is joining our team at a pivotal time as our sector continues to slowly recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic while also preparing to navigate our state’s changing political and payment landscape,” said Board Chairperson Yvonne Tanner.

IHCA/INCAL conducted a national search for its next president, a process led by Gallagher Executive Search and Leadership Advisors and an internal search committee.

Peaper brings more than a decade of leadership experience spearheading a variety of strategic and large-scale campaigns for the state. He helped coordinate Indiana’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including testing, tracing, vaccination and overall strategy during his employment with the governor’s office. He also served as the governor’s senior advisor on all healthcare and insurance policy matters at both the state and federal level. Peaper also is an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University, where he teaches healthcare business and revenue systems to law students. 

Peaper earned his juris doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago.