Suzanne Delbanco

Executive Director





Speaker; Leading Expert in Payment Reform, Focusing on Intersection of Higher-Value Health Care and Price Transparency; Nine-time Selectee of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

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One of the country’s foremost experts and thought leaders on payment reform, Suzanne F. Delbanco is the executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, an independent, non-profit corporation working to catalyze employers, public purchasers, and others to implement strategies that produce higher value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace.

Since its inception in 2010, Suzanne has led CPR in its commitment to help employers and other purchasers send a clear signal to the market about the need for higher quality, lower cost health care  Though initially focused on advancing payment reform to achieve this goal, Suzanne’s efforts have expanded to include price and quality transparency, benefit design, provider network design, provider consolidation and market power, among other topics.



Speaking at NCHC’s California Health Care Summit on September 12, 2017 in Sacramento

How Are Employers Involved in Promoting Value-based Care?
May 2018, Accountable Care Delivery Congress
How Purchasers Can Drive Toward Higher-Value Health Care 
May 2018, NJ Health Care Quality Institute, Board and Leadership Council Conference
Purchaser Efforts in Value-Based Care
April 2018, NAACOS Spring 2018 Conference
A Roadmap for Employers Seeking Higher Value Health Care
January 2018, IFEBP Health Benefits Expo
Moving to High Value Provider Networks: A Call to Action
December 2017, Connecticut Stakeholders on Health Care Value
The Influencers: Accelerating Payment and Delivery Reform 
November 2017, National Alliance of Health Care Coalitions Annual Conference
Hospital Mergers: How Proposed Partnerships in Rhode Island Affect Health Care Affordability 
October 2017, Rhode Island Business Group on Health Annual Meeting
Five Strategies to Improve the Affordability of Care
September 2017, California Health Care Summit: Strategies for Improving the Affordability of Care & Coverage
Why Do Employers Care About the Consolidation of Health Care Providers?
June 2017, The 2017 Summer Meeting for the National Association of Attorneys General
Purchaser Strategies for Higher-Value Health Care
June 2017,  Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus
Purchaser Tools to Build a Higher-Value Healthcare Market
May 2017,  HealthCare 21’s 21st Annual Health & Productivity Forum


Written Articles

The State of the Evidence on Payment Reform

July 18, 2018, NEJM Catalyst

4 Reasons Employers Should Pay Attention to Genetic Testing

July 18, 2018, Employee Benefit News

How Employers Can Get More Involved In Maternity Care

June 12, 2018, Workforce

Can Employers Force Healthcare Providers to Compete?

June 6, 2018, Employee Benefit News

Transparency on Quality and Price Will Transform Medicine

May 9, 2018, STAT

The Current Evidence for Bundled Payment

April 30 2018, American Journal of Managed Care

How Employers Can Combat Stigma

April 19, 2018, Employee Benefit News

Why Employers Need to Take Employees’ Mental Health More Seriously

April 8, 2018, Fortune

How Employers Can Get Higher Value Health Care

January 25, 2018, EBN

Variations in ACOs and Narrow Networks Challenge Efforts to Track Their Impact

January 4, 2018, American Journal of Managed Care

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Make “Value” Your New Favorite Benefits Word 

December 29, 2017,  Employee Benefit News

4 questions to to ask about narrow networks

November 15, 2017,  Employee Benefit News

Employers Want Greater Transparency Into Health Plan ACO Reporting

November 9, 2017,  American Journal of Managed Care

Commentary: How Medicare’s Flawed Fee Schedule is Harming Patients

November 7, 2017,  Fortune

Employers are Key to Reform in Our New Health Care World 

June 12, 2017,  Workforce

Private Employers Should Demand and Share Evidence From Payment Reforms

September 15, 2017,  Co-authored with Andrew Olson and Mark McClellan, Health Affairs

Is the Debate Over Retrospective versus Prospective Bundled Payments a Distraction? 

June 23, 2017,  Co-authored with Francois DeBrantes, Health Affairs

For Employers, Keep Pushing Ahead

April 21, 2017,  Co-authored with Andrea Caballero, Health Affairs

The Potential Value of Aligning High-Value Benefit Designs with Payment Reforms 

April 4, 2017,  Co-authored with Roslyn Murray, Health Affairs

Early Progress and The Need for Better Tools To Measure Impact

January 6, 2017,  Co-authored with Andrea Caballero, Health Affairs

Maternity Care Progress and Stagnation

September 30, 2016,  Co-authored with Malini Nijagal and Jeff Levin-Scherz, Health Affairs


To read additional Health Affairs content by Suzanne, click here.


Media Mentions

Few Patients Comparison Shop for Case Based on Price
Twin Cities Business,  August 16, 2017

Hospital Volumes Laid Low By High-Deductible Health Plans
Modern Healthcare,  August 10, 2017

St. Charles Prices Highest in State for Some Procedures
The Bulletin, July 29, 2017

Trump Expected to Advance Healthcare Transparency
HealthLeaders Media, January 26, 2017

Mixed P4P Impact on Disparities: Study
HFMA, January 13, 2017


To review a more comprehensive list of Suzanne’s media mentions, click here. 


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