Lynn Dierker, BSN, RN
Lynn Dierker is a seasoned health professional with a long history of promoting effective collaboration and fostering health system innovations. At HMA, she is actively involved supporting states, health plans and providers to develop and implement strategies for delivery system reforms, organizational roles and infrastructure, workforce scope of practice and competencies, and information system and analytic capacity. Her areas of focus include integrated behavioral and primary health care, health home program design and implementation, Medicaid managed and accountable care strategies, health professions workforce, and technical assistance for health information technology (HIT), health information exchange (HIE), information systems and EHR incentive program implementation. Lynn serves on the Leadership Team for HMA’s Accountable Care Institute, and is actively engaged with other HMA advanced practice clinicians to offer services supporting health care workforce and nursing leadership and competency development.
Prior to joining HMA as a principal, Lynn served as a senior director for the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) where she worked with states on strategies responding to the ACA provisions, and participated in various assessment and evaluation projects including the federal dual eligible and advanced primary care practice demonstrations. Previously, Lynn directed a multi-year State Health Information Exchange Consensus Project sponsored by Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). She facilitated field research, analysis and consensus development among selected state leaders to advance knowledge development and dissemination about evolving statewide health information exchange (HIE) and best practices. Before taking on this role, Lynn launched the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) while Director for Community Initiatives with the Colorado Health Institute; she then served as a member of the CORHIO board of directors.
In an earlier consultant role, Lynn worked to establish the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence to productively address the nursing workforce shortage with innovative strategies. Her earlier experience includes directing Medicare and Medicaid government programs for then Colorado Blue Cross and Blue Shield and serving as ethics and compliance officer. She served as staff to Governor Romer’s Colorado Health Care Reform Initiative, leading development of public-private quality improvement strategies, then worked in various capacities with the State’s Medicaid agency to develop Colorado’s Medicaid managed care, quality oversight and CHIP programs and as a policy director with Colorado’s state public health agency. The areas of her former clinical nursing practice included oncology, medical intensive care and rehabilitation and managed care services.
Lynn earned her BSN from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
A New Jersey native, Lynn and her husband enjoy their blended family of four grown sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren. Avid skiers, hikers and cyclists, they enjoy time in the Rocky Mountains in addition to occasional foreign adventures, such as mid-winter scuba diving in the Caribbean.