Valinda is responsible for assisting in the development of Sg2’s national thought leadership regarding payment transformation.

Valinda is also the vice president of public payer health strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Greenville Health System in South Carolina. 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.

Valinda previously worked as a member of the leadership team (senior advisor and patient care model group director) at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, where she helped build the Innovation Center from its start-up phase and managed the design and launch of several of the center’s models. In particular, she led the development and rollout of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, Strong Start and other national programs related to care transformation.

Before joining CMS, Valinda served as the chief executive officer of CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC, 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.

Valinda 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. She currently serves on several national scientific advisory boards, including NaviHealth, and as a subject matter expert for Sg2.

Valinda holds a master of business administration from Butler University in Indianapolis and a master of science in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation and population health.