Special settings specialists
Backed by more than 30 years of health care policy, administration, program development, research and evaluation and clinical nursing experience, Donna Strugar-Fritsch considers herself a generalist. She consults on a wide range of client projects, moving seamlessly between policy and operations. She is a nationally recognized expert in correctional health care, the 340B drug discount program and employer-sponsored health care benefits.
Donna has recently focused on developing statewide integration of Medicare and Medicaid services for the dually eligible, establishing health insurance exchanges, and working with prison systems to manage inmate health services.
Donna draws upon her strong systems analysis and facilitation skills to help clients achieve their objectives. Her nursing background adds a patient-centered focus and clinical perspective to her work.
Her public employer clients have sustained health care cost increases of less than 4 percent during periods of skyrocketing insurance costs, and her prison system clients in several states are successfully working with their Medicaid agencies to offset state and county budgets by tapping federal matching funds for inmate care.
Donna has worked in the public and private sectors and in not-for-profit and for-profit settings. Prior to joining HMA, Donna was the director of planning and operations for a large public health institute, where she facilitated several successful public-private-academic partnerships, managed operations and supervised communications.
She spent nearly a decade at a state hospital association, working on quality initiatives and managing hospital behavioral health and rural health issues. She also held managed care administration positions, implementing home health care, case management and utilization systems and protocols.
Donna holds a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Michigan State University. She is a certified Correctional Health Care Professional, a National Public Health Leadership Institute Fellow, and a licensed registered nurse in Michigan.