Nicole Dempsey Stallings manages advocacy for quality-related regulatory activities and is charged with the development and implementation of care coordination and physician alignment strategies to support the goals of Maryland’s unique Medicare waiver, which allows the state to set the rates hospitals can charge.
Prior to joining MHA, Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Director of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council. Ms. Stallings was charged with coordinating and facilitating collaboration on health care quality improvement and cost containment initiatives for the state. Ms. Stallings also staffed the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board and the Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, established by Governor O’Malley to coordinate implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Stallings held previous roles as Chief of Government Relations and Special Projects at the Maryland Health Care Commission and was a registered lobbyist and the Director of Policy for the New Jersey Hospital Association. Nicole graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Virginia Tech and received her master’s in public policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University.