Principal - Burns & Associates
With nearly 20 years of experience, Kara Suter helps clients navigate complex health policy challenges with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement systems, value-based payment system reform initiatives, and substance use disorder (SUD) systems of care. She is known for her aptitude for using data and analytics to inform and develop strategies to address federal, state, and local health policy challenges.
Recently, Kara provided technical assistance to state human services agencies on a range of health policy projects including evaluations, reimbursement analyses, and system reform designs. She previously served as the director of payment reform and reimbursement at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) where she focused on modernization of Medicaid payment systems, launching the first multi-payer accountable care organization (ACO) in the nation, and served as a technical advisor to the governor, the human services agency secretary, and health and human services departments on reimbursement and payment reform strategies.
Before the appointment in state government, Kara spent nine years as a consultant to pharmaceutical and medical industry providers on Medicare health policy topics, with a specialized focus on professional and outpatient hospital service systems as well as physician-administered drugs.
In her career, she has presented on health policy topics to members of Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC), the Vermont legislature, and the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and the World Congress on Medicaid Reform.
Kara earned a Master of Science in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree with a major in biology and minor in chemistry from the University of Virginia.
In her spare time, she marvels at her young daughter growing and learning and is active in her community of Davidson, N.C. She enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and rock climbing.