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Podcast 96: Shaping Payment Reform in Health Care with Suzanne Delbanco

Apr 09, 2020


This week, Health Care Rounds welcomes Suzanne Delbanco, executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform. Suzanne shares her experiences in improving the health care system and gives an outlook on payment reform and thought leadership. In this episode, Suzanne notes that employers and other health  care purchasers focus on the importance of integrated care, overall value, and the main cost drivers in health care. Suzanne reveals the relevance in addressing social determinants of health and seeks a solution on how to make drugs both available and affordable for patients.

In this episode

Suzanne Delbanco

Suzanne Delbanco is the executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, an independent, non-profit corporation working to produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace. Suzanne also serves on the advisory board of the Source on Healthcare Price and Competition at UC Hastings.  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.

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group, a health care market intelligence firm specializing in health care delivery systems. He’s a two-time health care entrepreneur, and his first company, FaxWatch, was listed twice on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing American companies. John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade.

John did his undergraduate work in economics at Knox College, has an MBA and M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework at The Dartmouth Institute. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, and is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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