Suzanne F. Delbanco is the executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform. CPR is a non-profit organization working for coordinated action among the largest purchasers of health care and health plans to reform the way we pay for health care in the U.S. to improve quality and cost.


In addition to her duties at CPR, Suzanne serves on the Coordinating Committee of the Measures Application Partnership for HHS, HFMA’s Healthcare Leadership Council, and the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform, the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute board, the Anvita Health Advisory Council, and participates in the Healthcare Executives Leadership Network. Previously, Suzanne was the founding CEO of The Leapfrog Group.


Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy and a M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.


Recent Posts by Suzanne Delbanco

The Payment Reform Landscape: Early Progress And The Need For Better Tools To Measure Impact

The release on October 25, 2016 of results from the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network’s (LAN) data collection effort underscores the nationwide commitment to reform the way the public and private sectors pay for health care services.

January 6, 2017Costs and Spending, Payment Policy

The Payment Reform Landscape: Maternity Care Progress And Stagnation

We can intervene less and spend less money in labor and delivery care while improving the quality of care for women and their babies. Why then is there so much unnecessary intervention and why is it so persistent?

September 30, 2016Costs and Spending, Payment Policy

Refining The Framework For Payment Reform

Moving from a system that rewards volume over value is a complicated and messy process. No method is ever implemented in isolation---either one at a time or in a vacuum---and many payment methods do not yet have a sufficient track record to help us prioritize among them.

September 19, 2016Costs and Spending, Payment Policy

The Payment Reform Landscape: A Road Map For States To Bring Their Transparency ‘A’ Game

A body of literature suggests consumers will make informed choices in health care, much as they do in other areas, when presented with the right information. The public availability of real cost and quality information can affect the market, promoting competition that can lower costs and...

The Payment Reform Landscape: Tailoring Payment Reforms To Local Market Dynamics

Payment reform is rapidly expanding across the nation. However, while a one-size-fits-all model may work in certain markets, it’s unlikely to work in others. CPR pioneered a market assessment tool to provide stakeholders with a way to navigate how their market's characteristics impact options...

Understanding How Payment And Benefit Designs Work Together In Health Care

While Medicare and Medicaid benefit design is set by law and effectively frozen, private health care purchasers are able to innovate freely. The Urban Institute and Catalyst for Payment Reform partnered to define and categorize the payment methods and benefit designs available in the market...

The Payment Reform Landscape: Where We Started On Transparency Tools And Where We Need To Go

Modern technology has made savvy shopping for most items easy, yet the retail marketplace for health services does not enjoy the same consumer-friendly landscape. As an increasing number of consumers assume more financial responsibility for their care, the lack of adequate tools is an obstacle...

The Payment Reform Landscape: How Does Telehealth Fit Into A High-Value Purchasing Strategy?

The delivery of health care through telecommunications is not new, but current concerns about access to primary care, access to certain specialists, appropriate utilization, and the need to infuse more value into health care offerings have led many purchasers to implement or consider telehealth.

The Payment Reform Landscape: A Standard Framework To Evaluate Payment Reform Programs

What if the health care industry were to agree to some general parameters for evaluation of payment reforms that are meaningful to those who use and pay for care? This post describes what a standard approach to evaluation might entail.

The Payment Reform Landscape: Specialty Pharmacy — Can Payment Reform Offer Relief?

The increasing number of specialty pharmaceuticals available is good news for the patients who sorely need these drugs to improve, or even reverse, their medical conditions. However, specialty pharmacy is also the fastest growing sector of pharmacy spending today.