Chief Operating Officer,
Rural Health Redesign Center
Ms. Walters joined the PA Rural Health Model to serve as its Chief Operating Officer in 2018. In this role she is responsible for the overall implementation of the Model, which includes recruitment of hospitals and payers, oversight of global budget methodology development, hospital transformation planning and implementation, and on on-going engagement with CMMI.
She also was instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 314 by the PA legislature that authorized the creation of the Rural Health Redesign Center, an independent entity that will serve as the governing entity for the Model into the future.
Prior to joining this effort, she spent twelve years in healthcare leadership positions. Ten of these years were spent as an executive at a rural healthcare system in Potter County, Pennsylvania, and two years within a large, multi-hospital system. Her experience includes financial oversight of the rural health system’s business activities including the revenue cycle, 3rd party payer relationships, the 340(b) program, information technology and decision support functions. In addition, she has experience leading population health initiatives such as NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home recognition, the deployment of comprehensive care management strategies, quality program development, mental health advocacy, dental service program development, and the expansion of tele-medicine services.
She is a proponent of lean and systems-thinking concepts and identifies the need for these throughout the healthcare continuum. Prior to healthcare, Ms. Walters spent seven years in the communication industry, leading work efforts as part the largest SEC financial statement restatements in Unites States history. In addition to healthcare and communications, she spent several years in the manufacturing industry.