Carmela Coyle is President and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), the advocate for Maryland’s hospitals, health systems, and the communities and patients they serve.
She played a leading role in the effort to rethink the future of hospital payment in Maryland by preserving and modernizing the state’s unique Medicare waiver, which allows the state to set the rates hospitals can charge.
In 2015 she was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA). She also serves on the boards of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, the Maryland Healthcare Education Institute, the Living Legacy Foundation, Wellness House of Annapolis, and the Caring Bridge Consumer Advisory Group.
Prior to joining MHA she spent 20 years with AHA where, as a member of the executive management team, she led the development of AHA’s policy positions. She also managed AHA's team responsible for the analysis of legislation and regulation, policy issues, data collection, and trend analysis. She served as a national media spokesperson for AHA and represented the organization in various health care and other forums.
Before joining AHA, Coyle spent six years as an analyst for the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C.