Charbonneau is a hospital executive with over 30 years of experience as the CEO/COO of urban teaching/rural hospitals and as the founding CEO of a business sponsored organization leading healthcare reform. He spent more than half of his career working in nationally recognized health reform initiatives in Rochester, New York. During the early part of his career, Charbonneau was one of the founding hospital CEOs participating in the Hospital Experimental Payment program (HEP). HEP was an all-payer global budgeting experiment that eliminated fee-for-service payment to hospitals. The General Accounting Office credited HEP with producing health insurance premiums that were 33% less than the national average
In the later part of his career, Charbonneau was the founding CEO of the Rochester Health Commission. In 1998, the Governor of New York recognized the accomplishments occurring under the Commission’s umbrella by appointing Charbonneau Chairman of the New York State Task Force on Health Care Quality Improvement and Information Systems, established under the Health Care Reform Act of 1996. In 2003, the RAND Corporation recognized the Commission’s work in a report sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine invited the Rochester Health Commission to participate in the First Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit. Charbonneau presented at the Quality Chasm Summit’s Community Organization breakout sessions and served on the Summit’s Reactor Panel.
After retiring to Rhode Island, Charbonneau was appointed Executive Director of the Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH). Since assuming the position in 2014, RIBGH has pursued strategies illustrating cost, affordability and health system waste.