The Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) is pleased to welcome:
is MHA’s new vice president of health care payment. Katie joins MHA from Bon Secours Mercy Health, where she is the chief financial officer, post acute services, and leads operations finance for the Atlantic Group. She previously served as the health system’s director of operations/finance, and the director of budget and reimbursement, including interim CFO responsibilities, at Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. Katie’s first day with MHA will be September 16. She will be an integral part of MHA’s health care payment team, where she will help to address regulatory and financial issues through the lens of her hospital experience.
has joined MHA as director of strategic analytics, where he will conceptualize data analyses to support advocacy efforts that illuminate hospitals’ performance with managing total cost of care and improving quality and safety, as well as identifying opportunities to support hospitals’ continued efforts with these goals. Previously, Ahmed was the director of population health and payer analytics at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, directing activities related to defining and managing large-scale strategic planning, reporting, and analytic efforts in support of all population health and accountable care activities. He has also held positions at Johns Hopkins Medicine, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and KPMG, working in positions related to the development of health care reform and transformation initiatives focused in population health and patient-centered medical homes.
joins MHA as a health policy analyst having worked as a federal consultant for Logistics Management Institute, serving as a task lead and subject matter expert for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, as well as supporting Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations. Before that, she worked at the CMS Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics as a student intern, and at the University of Maryland Law Drug Policy and Public Health Clinic as a student attorney. Diana earned her law degree (JD) from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and has a public health degree (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Diana is barred as an attorney in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York. Her work at MHA will focus on policy development related to Medicaid and private payers.
Vidhya Keerthi Tirumalaraju
joins MHA as a policy analyst of quality and health improvement. She joins MHA from the Florida International University (FIU) Health Care Network clinic, where she was a health policy analyst and developed a telehealth policy for the 55,000 FIU students. She will be an integral part of MHA’s quality and health improvement team, where she will strive to address and improve the quality and health of the Maryland hospitals, health systems through her policy analysis skills and experience.