Valinda Rutledge, MBA, MS, is currently the Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs for APG for 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 that includes analyzing legislation and regulations. She works directly with the Board of Directors and the CEO to develop federal strategy.
Ms. Rutledge also serves in a limited role as the Vice President of Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Prisma Health in South Carolina 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 Eligibility, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, and Accountable Care Organizations.
Ms. Rutledge 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 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 from Butler University and a Master of Science in nursing from Wayne State University. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation, and population health.