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

Five Strategies to Improve the Affordability of Care
September 12, 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 20, 2017, The 2017 Summer Meeting for the National Association of Attorneys General
Purchaser Strategies for Higher-Value Health Care
June 8, 2017,  Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus
Purchaser Tools to Build a Higher-Value Healthcare Market
May 2, 2017,  HealthCare 21’s 21st Annual Health & Productivity Forum


Written Articles

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 Magazine

Employers are Key to Reform in Our New Health Care World 

June 12, 2017,  Workforce Magazine

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 of 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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