Photo of Valinda Rutledge *Valinda Rutledge (America’s Physician Groups)

Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs, America’s Physician Groups

Valinda Rutledge is currently the Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs for APG in which she is responsible for all federal government affairs activities in DC. She oversees APG’s legislative and regulatory agenda, the political action committee, and other aspects of a vibrant and successful federal affairs program such as analyzing legislation and regulations. She works directly with the Board of Directors and the CEO to develop the federal strategy

She is also serves in a limited role as the Vice President of Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Prisma Health in SC where she is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and supporting the implementation of opportunities related to government initiatives such as Bundled payments, Medicare advantage, Medicaid pilots, Dual Eligible, PCMH, and ACOs.

Valinda is also responsible for assisting in the development of Sg2’s national thought leadership regarding payment transformation and serves as Subject Matter Expert and Policy Fellow.

She previously worked as a founding member of the leadership team (Senior Advisor and Group Director) at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI) where she helped build the Innovation Center from its startup phase and managed the design and launch of several of the Center’s Alternative Payment models.

Before joining CMS, Ms. Rutledge served as the Chief Executive Officer of several systems including Bon Secours, SSM Health, and CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina where she led the development of a 210-day bundled knee payment arrangement between CaroMont Health and North Carolina’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Ms. Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and impact to the industry on a national level.

Ms. Rutledge holds two advanced degrees: a Master of Business Administration degree from Butler University in Indianapolis and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation, and population health.

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