Sukey (Susannah) Barnum

Sukey (Susannah) Barnum

Managing Principal

Columbus, OH

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(614) 549-6101

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Sukey Barnum is an experienced professional in healthcare policy and program development and healthcare information technology management.

During the last 18 years she has held a range of positions in state agencies, healthcare consulting organizations, and healthcare IT services and solutions organizations. Sukey has developed a passion for helping her clients and her teams hone problem and issue identification leading to more efficient assessment, solution identification, and resolution. Her broad-based background gives her the ability to tackle questions, challenges and problems—even the most ambiguous—and to identify a path forward.

Prior to joining HMA, Sukey helped Kunz, Leigh and Associates establish a practice in Columbus, Ohio. KL&A is a healthcare IT firm providing both product/solution development services, and Project Management Office and IV&V services primarily to state health and human service customers. She was responsible for the delivery side of establishing and managing the Ohio practice.

Sukey previously served an executive account manager for CNSI’s Washington state account. CNSI built and operates Washington’s MMIS and its system for administering the Electronic Health Record Medicaid Incentive Payment Program. In the account manager role, and in her prior roles as project manager and functional manager with CNSI, she enhanced her Medicaid knowledge and experience to encompass not just a policy perspective but also an enhanced operational perspective. Sukey also gained invaluable experience and insight into Healthcare IT project management and operations. Her particular areas of interest with respect to Healthcare IT management are governance, procurement, and the establishment of effective systems and processes within state Medicaid agencies and their IT contractors, and between the two.

As a senior policy analyst for Washington’s State Health Care Authority, Sukey managed the development of the state’s policy, budgeting, and plan for implementation of Medicare Part D relative to the state’s retiree health benefits. Prior to her move to Washington state she was a senior consultant here at Health Management Associates.

Sukey got her Medicaid “chops” in multiple roles with Ohio’s state Medicaid agency. There she was responsible for budget development; strategic planning; constituent and stakeholder management; supporting major expansions of the use of managed care and transition for clients and counties from fee for service to managed care enrollment under an 1115 Waiver; SCHIP implementation; eligibility policy and application processes; and coordination between Medicaid and other human service programs.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and her Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University.

Sukey loves to cook and has no hesitation to experiment with new recipes, ingredients or gadgets­­—and subject her friends and family to the results. She and her husband, Andrew, (DVM) dote on their dog, Olive, and care for an elderly cockatiel named Pepper.