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Indiana Health Care Association Appoints Paul Peaper as President

Posted Jun 15, 20223 min Read


INDIANAPOLIS – June 15, 2022: The Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL) representing more than 485 long-term and post-acute care communities across the state, announced the appointment of Paul Peaper as the new president of the Association, effective July 1, 2022.  Peaper will succeed Zach Cattell, who stepped down from his position this spring and is currently serving the IHCA/INCAL as interim president.

A native Hoosier and a lawyer by education, Peaper is a highly respected health care leader with deep experience in health and insurance policy, legislation, and state and federal regulations especially those governing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.  Peaper most recently served as the executive director of strategic affairs and corporate partnerships at Indiana University Health.

“I am so excited to welcome Paul to the IHCA/INCAL team.  Paul’s extensive professional accomplishments, deep understanding of our state’s regulatory, legislative and reimbursement landscape, and a contagious passion and energy for public service make him a perfect addition to IHCA/INCAL’s strong team.  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. Paul’s expertise will be invaluable to our members and our sector.”

– Board Chairperson Yvonne Tanner

IHCA/INCAL conducted a national search for Zach’s successor, led by Gallagher Executive Search and Leadership Advisors and an internal search committee led by five board members.

“Zach has been an incredible asset to the IHCA/INCAL, and the powerful and meaningful impact he has had on our sector is certainly a hard act to follow,” said Tanner. Our goal was to bring in a promising leader who is not only competent but also enthusiastic about expanding on the incredible foundation that Zach has set for IHCA/INCAL and its members,” said Tanner.

Peaper brings more than a decade of leadership experience spearheading a variety of strategic and large-scale campaigns for the state. Most notably, Peaper helped coordinate all aspects of Indiana’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic including testing, tracing, vaccination and overall strategy during his employment with the Office of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. He also served as the Governor’s senior advisor on all health care and insurance policy matters at both the state and federal level. Additionally, Peaper serves as an adjunct faculty at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he teaches healthcare business and revenue systems to law students.

“Everyday, over 35,000 Hoosiers depend on the IHCA/INCAL’s members to deliver high-quality clinical care and provide personal comfort. I am humbled and honored to join the organization and look forward to working collaboratively with our members, state and federal government leaders, and other health care partners to ensure the continued health and wellness of our residents.”

– Paul Peaper

Peaper earned his Juris Doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University of Chicago.



IHCA/INCAL is the state’s largest trade association and advocacy group representing for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes, as well as assisted living communities and independent living. The association provides education, information, and advocacy for health care providers, consumers, and the workforce on behalf of its more than 480+ member facilities.

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Deeksha Kapoor, Director of Communications