Post Acute Analytics provides a full suite of solutions that empower our clients to positively impact the Total Quality & Cost of Care.

Through proprietary analytics, turnkey integration engine, and medical leadership, our solutions ensure that providers and payers can make real-time decisions that improve patient outcomes while reducing total cost of care.

Post Acute Analytics ensures that you can:

Achieve 5x ROI Guaranteed

Improve Patient Outcome & Quality of Care

Make Better Strategic Decisions

Increase Revenue

Increase Efficiencies & Profitability

Take Payment Risk

Team Members

Our team has experience both operating and advising all segments of health care from providers to payers and technology companies. We have the unique benefit of understanding how patient care is connected through the continuum while appreciating the unique needs of each care setting.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Post Acute Analytics, Saqib Akhter is responsible for the leadership, product direction, and growth of the organization.

He also serves on the PAA Board of Directors. Saqib was a health care investment banker at Houlihan Lokey where he led strategic advisory, M&A, and capital financing for leading companies across multiple verticals of health care, prior to founding Post Acute Analytics. Before that, he held leadership positions at KPMG and BP. Saqib is an active member of the Chicago community which includes being involved with the University of Chicago and Mecca Center. He enjoys being outside with his three children and is an avid boater and skier.


Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer at Post Acute Analytics, Darren Pierce is responsible for managing technology systems development and the maturation and scalability of its analytics platform.

Prior to joining PAA, Darren served in leadership positions at CoreLogic, PeopleAnswers, Computer Sciences Corporation, and JPMorgan Chase. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with family, listening to live music, and traveling to tropical destinations. 

Rick Smith

Chief Clinical Officer

As Chief Clinical Officer at Post Acute Analytics, Mary Beth Litchfield, RN, BS, MHA, is responsible for the administrative and programmatic leadership and direction of all clinical systems.

Before joining PAA, Litchfield held leadership positions at Evolent Health, eviCore, Anthem, and United Healthcare. She brings expertise in leadership, health care strategy, operations, health care policy, and Medicare and Medicaid services to PAA to drive value for our partners. She has two adult children and resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband.

Senior Medical Director

As Senior Medical Director at Post Acute Analytics, Leila Hosseini, M.D., will provide medical leadership for our clinical solutions and clinical workflows leveraging Anna™ utilized by our clients to achieve the desired clinical and financial outcomes.

Leila has a fascinating career path that honed her ability to build teams that provide the best patient care while using resources appropriately. She began her career as a junior high and high school teacher before becoming an accountant and financial analyst. Later, Leila became a board-certified family physician who practiced inpatient and outpatient medicine for twelve years. She then transitioned into administrative medicine, serving as a medical director for Coventry Health Care, an Aetna Company. She went on to develop and lead a physician advisor program for Allegheny Health Network.  Most recently, she was at naviHealth, responsible for developing programs to educate physicians in post-acute care utilization management. Outside of work, Leila enjoys RVing and creating jewelry.

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer at Post Acute Analytics, Rick Smith is responsible for designing and implementing business operations, ensuring operational excellence, and supporting a strong company culture.

Rick held leadership positions at PeopleAnswers, Infor, and Axiom, prior to joining PAA. For the first 20 years of his career, he worked in the non-profit sector with at-risk families. Rick currently serves on the board of directors for The Hope Clinic in his local community. When not at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and working out. Rick is passionate about continuous improvement and is often inspired by his personal motto, “perfection is limiting, continuous improvement is liberating.”

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer at Post Acute Analytics, Mike Rawaan has responsibility for developing the corporate vision and strategy as well as leading and managing strategic initiatives.

Before joining PAA, Mike developed data-driven analytics tools for payers, providers, and life science companies at Inovalon. Prior to Inovalon, Mike held leadership positions with CareCentrix, EviCore and Healthways. He currently serves as a mentor to Executive MBA candidates at UNC – Chapel Hill. When not outside with his children, he enjoys volunteering with local charities and hiking the trails in the Washington, D.C. area.

Chief Information Security Officer

As Chief Information Security Officer at Post Acute Analytics, Michael Gerleman is responsible for developing secure business and communication practices and ensuring information assets, patient data, and technologies are adequately protected.

Before joining PAA, Michael held leadership positions at Sentara Healthcare, UnitedHealth Group, Availity, and Alliance Data. He has over fourteen years of experience in healthcare information technology, including obtaining HITRUST certification for organizations. When not in the office, Michael enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and skiing.

Senior Data Science Advisor

As Senior Data Science Advisor for Post Acute Analytics, Ashwin Prakash, M.D., Ph. D., is responsible for advising on the development and operationalization of machine learning models for risk of mortality, readmission, the readiness of discharge, transfers, and length of stay.

He is a physician, scientist, and data science leader with a passion for translating structured and unstructured clinical data into consequential actionable insights to improve quality of care, financial resilience, and patient outcomes. His experience includes heading Data Science and Analytics for large healthcare systems such as Community Health Systems and Medical City Healthcare, a division of HCA. Ashwin trained as a physician followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo College of Medicine, a fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Board of Directors


Chan Chuang, M.D., FCCP, FACP, is a member of the Post Acute Analytics Board of Directors and is Chief Medical Officer at Envision Healthcare. He is an experienced clinical leader and physician.

Chan previously served as the Chief Clinical Officer for OptumCare and DaVita Medical Group. He held several leadership positions within the organization, including Chief Medical Officer of HealthCare Partners, California. In addition, he served as Chief of the Department of Medicine and Member of the Medical Executive Committee at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in California. Chan is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and completed his residency, chief residency, and fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.


Darren Fultz is a member of the Post Acute Analytics Board of Directors. He co-founded Dorilton Capital in 2009 and became CEO in 2018. Darren has actively executed each of Dorilton’s acquisitions and is a board member on all of Dorilton’s portfolio company boards.

Darren enjoys working with senior management as a trusted advisor and supporting the execution of organic and acquisitive growth plans. Before co-founding Dorilton Capital, Darren held positions with Rothschild (providing corporate finance and merger and acquisition advice) and C3i and ZS Associates (providing sales and marketing strategy and analytics advice). Darren has an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in NYC.

John Taylor


Russell Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D., is a member of the Post Acute Analytics Board of Directors and is Managing Director of Generator Ventures. Russell brings more than 25 years of venture capital experience to the team.

Russell was the co-founder of Prospect Ventures Fund II and III, life science venture funds with more than $1 billion in capital under management. Before Prospect, he was a partner in the health care technology group at Mayfield. In addition, Russell has sat on several private and public boards.


John Taylor is a cofounder of Post Acute Analytics and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He founded and led several health care companies, including StoneGate Senior Living, an integrated post-acute care provider with over forty senior housing and health care properties.

These properties include RehabPro – a therapy provider; Accel at Home – a home health provider; Care Navigation Services, Lifetime Wellness, Accel Rehabilitation Hospital, and SG Development. He was a founding member of OKALA (the Oklahoma Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America) and served as its Vice-Chairman and Director. He served as a Director of TALA (the Texas Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America). He serves on the Owners’ Advisory Board of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC). John also served on the Public Policy Action Team of the Assisted Living Federation of America. He attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he studied accounting, finance, and economics.


Taylor Whitman is a member of the Post Acute Analytics Board of Directors and a Managing Director at Concord Health Partners, a healthcare-focused investment firm. He joined in 2018 and is responsible for originating, underwriting, and monitoring portfolio investments.

He serves on the board of Flexwise Health, Inc., Mivi Neurosciences, Inc., Post Acute Analytics, Medntion, Cylera, and Pieces. In addition, Taylor was a Partner at Three Ocean Partners, a New York-based Merchant Bank. He was responsible for day-to-day firm operations and sourcing and execution of Middle-Market transactions across the firm’s direct investment and M & M&A platforms. Before Three Ocean Partners, Taylor was a senior banker at the cross-border focused boutique M&A advisory firm, BDA Partners. He led the firm’s efforts in sourcing and executing advisory assignments in the health care sector for a broad group of corporate and private equity clients while managing day to day operations of the New York office. Taylor began his career in finance as an analyst at Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners (Court Square Capital Partners), a $2.5 billion multi-sector private equity firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.