APG’s Valinda Rutledge Named Among Pearl Health’s Top 50 Value-Based Care Thinkers

May 22, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC — America’s Physician Groups (APG) today announced that Valinda Rutledge, Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Education, has been named one of Pearl Health’s Top 50 Value-Based Care Thinkers of 2024. Pearl Health is a venture capital-backed company that enables physicians and other providers to participate and succeed in value-based care models, such as ACO REACH. Its annual list recognizes health care providers, policy makers, academics, and other thought leaders who are leading the health care system’s transition to value-based care.

As Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Education for APG, Valinda Rutledge oversees major strategic initiatives, including education on aspects of value-based care, and APG’s policy and advocacy responses. She also serves as APG’s key point person on congressional policy issues.

“With her distinguished track record in health care policy and advocacy, and her previous tenure as a Senior Advisor and Group Director at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), Valinda is both highly knowledgeable about value-based care and extremely effective in shaping policy responses to support it,” said APG President and CEO, Susan Dentzer. “It’s no surprise to us that Pearl Health named her to its annual list. We are proud of her and grateful for all that she does for APG, our members, and the cause of advancing value-based care.”

“I am so honored to be selected as a top 50 VBC thinker by Pearl Health,” said Rutledge. “To be a part of this inspiring group is very humbling. My north star has always been to support the development of new care pathways and payment models to ultimately provide the highest quality patient care which is at the heart of value-based health care.”

Prior to becoming APG’s EVP of Advocacy and Education in 2023, Rutledge was Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at UpStream, where she was responsible for planning and coordinating the company’s strategic plan and mission and aligning the corporate governance and government relations. Before that, she served as APG’s EVP of Federal Affairs from 2018 to 2022. While at CMMI from 2011 to 2012, she helped to build the agency from its startup phase and managed the design and launch of several of CMMI’s alternative payment models.

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APG’s approximately 360 physician groups comprise 170,000 physicians, as well as thousands of other clinicians, providing care to nearly 90 million patients, including about 1 in 3 Medicare Advantage enrollees. APG’s motto, ‘Taking Responsibility for America’s Health,’ represents our members’ commitment to clinically integrated, coordinated, value-based health care in which physician groups are accountable for the costs and quality of patient care. Visit us at www.apg.org.


Contact: Greg Phillips, APG Director of Communications, 202-770-1901