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Susan Stuard

Susan Stuard is an independent consultant who advises clients on issues related health policy, including state innovation programs; practice transformation models and implementation; multipayer reimbursement models; and regional population health planning. Current engagements include serving as multistakeholder faculty for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and developing the transformation strategy for two states’ State Innovation Model initiatives. Ms. Stuard serves on the Standards Committee for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), United Hospital Fund’s Quality Institute Advisory Board, and the board of directors of HealthlinkNY. She co-chairs the Integrated Care Workgroup for the New York State Health Innovation Plan and serves on the New York State Health Innovation Council. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Stuard led, THINC, a nonprofit convening organization that established research-based criteria to enhance health care quality and value in the Hudson Valley. Under Ms. Stuard’s leadership, THINC championed a multipayer physician practice transformation project that rewarded practices that achieved NCQA patient-centered medical home certification. Prior to THINC, Ms. Stuard was the director for technology policy development at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she managed health information exchange projects and developed the hospital’s position relative to legislation and regulation of health information technology. Ms. Stuard was also the vice president of regulatory affairs for the Greater New York Hospital Association. She has also held regulatory affairs and hospital operation roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Ms. Stuard holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.