Kara Suter, Senior Consultant

At B&A, Kara works with state clients on a wide array of health care reform activities.  Kara joins B&A after a three year tenure as the Director of Payment Reform at Vermont Medicaid.  In her previous role, Kara served as a subject matter expert to senior state leadership on health care reform models.  Accomplishments while serving in this appointment include helping author the successful Vermont SIM grant proposal as well as leading reform efforts in Medicaid.  She is widely known for her role in the design and launch of the Vermont Medicaid Shared Savings Program (VMSSP)—one of the first Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs in the country.  Prior to her state government experience, Suter spent over a decade in Washington, DC as a health policy consultant specializing in the design and evaluation of healthcare delivery, reimbursement and financing systems and has specialized knowledge of Medicare payment systems and policy.

Suter is a published author and speaker. She has presented on health policy topics to members of Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC), the Vermont legislature, and the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS).  Her work has been in Health Affairs and has been an invited speaker on health reform conferences hosted by the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and the World Congress on Medicaid Reform.  Suter received her graduate training in epidemiology and health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Virginia.

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