About Us

Principal Joseph Paduda and his associates tap a wealth of industry insight and experience to deliver programs and services that reduce the cost and improve the performance of managed care programs without compromising the quality of health care.

We are smart and fast. Our continuous analysis of the health care industry and macro-economic factors along with our practical experiences working with clients to develop real savings keep us on top of the industry and able to respond with immediately actionable plans.

Services encompass research, competitive analysis, operational and sales improvements to the health care industry. It’s all highly customized – there are no cookie cutters in our briefcase.

Our national and regional client list includes insurers, managed care companies, employers, health care providers, and venture capitalists. Join them, contact us today.

Joseph Paduda
Principal of Health Strategy Associates

Joseph Paduda is a nationally recognized expert, speaker, media source and author on managed care in group health and in workers’ compensation. He translates complex data into actionable knowledge and is able to take an aerial view or to drill down into intricate niches.

His practical approach and more than 25 years of experience in the field give clients precise direction and applicable programs.

He writes the popular weblog Managed Care Matters attracting more than 1500 unique visitors a day and a good deal of comment in the health care world. His blogs are frequently republished on other sites. Mr. Paduda also conducts industry surveys, including one focused on managing pharmacy costs within workers’ compensation.

Prior to founding Health Strategy Associates in 1997, Mr. Paduda served in sales, marketing and management positions with managed care and insurance companies, including MetraComp, a United Health Care Company, Travelers Health Company, Liberty Mutual and American International Healthcare/AIG.

Mr. Paduda has a Master’s of Science Degree in Health Management from American University. Health Strategy Associates is based in Plainfield, NH and can be reached at 203-314-2632 or jpaduda@healthstrategyassoc.com.

Mr. Paduda also has a lifetime commitment to competitive rowing and is author of the book The Art of Sculling. He continues to row in masters competitions and has won multiple national championships.

To arrange an interview or speaking engagement, contact: Helen King Patterson, King Knight Communications at 813-690-4787; or helen@kingknight.com.

The latest from Joe’s blog


OSHA’s heat rule is out…

Joe Paduda

OSHA’s long-awaited proposed heat rule is out. There are two heat index thresholds – one at 80 and 90 degrees F based on temperatures in the shade (as we all know it can be a LOT hotter in direct sunlight.) … Continue reading OSHA’s heat rule is out…


Medicare’s future – Private insurance.

Joe Paduda

Under a new Trump Administration, Medicare will be privatized, with “Medicare Advantage the default enrollment option” for seniors. This despite the myriad and well-documented problems with Medicare Advantage – prior authorization hassles delaying much-needed care, limited access to physicians and … Continue reading Medicare’s future – Private insurance.


Good news Friday – Opioid settlement rejected, lower drug costs, and a solid economy

Joe Paduda

A beautiful Friday morning here in New York’s Finger Lakes…here’s the good news from this week. First, the Supreme Court rejected the Purdue Pharma opioid settlement agreement – thereby allowing victims to pursue legal action against the Sackler family. As … Continue reading Good news Friday – Opioid settlement rejected, lower drug costs, and a solid economy