Bailit Health staff is comprised of a close–working team of senior consultants. Multiple team members are involved on most projects. The team is complemented, on an as-needed basis, by a cadre of specialty subject matter experts with whom we have worked for years.

Megan Burns, M.P.P.
Senior Consultant

Megan has worked with Bailit Health clients since 2011 on improving the payment and delivery of health care, specifically by supporting efforts of payment reform, value–based purchasing and behavioral health integration.

Megan has performed both applied work and research in payment reform for state, health plan and provider clients. She has deep expertise in episode–based payment. Her episode experience includes assisting Idaho Medicaid to develop an episode–based payment program, co–facilitating a multi–payer, multi–provider episode payment pilot in Pennsylvania, developing content for the HCP–LAN Maternity Action Collaborative, developing content and facilitating an educational webinar series on episode–based payment for the Association of Community Affiliated Plans.

Megan has authored multiple publications on payment reform. A few examples include a brief that categorizes numerous payment models according to the HCP–LAN, a comprehensive report on value–based payment among state Medicaid programs for NAMD, and a focused look at payment reform and its effect on safety–net providers in Massachusetts.

Megan has supported behavioral health integration efforts through designing the criteria for Arizona to use when distributing Targeted Investment dollars to providers working to integrate behavioral health and primary care within its Medicaid program, and by creating a primary care practice toolkit and training. Megan has also co–facilitated the Massachusetts Task Force on Behavioral Health Integration (2013) and the Massachusetts Task Force on Behavioral Health Data Policies and Long Term Stays (2015).

Megan's other work has included assistance identifying and implementing cost containment strategies, conducting value–based purchasing, and conducting regulatory reviews. In these ways she has worked with Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Vermont and Texas.

Prior to joining Bailit, Megan was a hospital administrator at UPMC Health System. Megan has also worked for a Washington, DC–based think tank, UnitedHealthcare and the New York State Assembly.

Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Cortland, where she was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Terry Sanford Institute at Duke University.

Selected Publications

Burns M, Bailit MH. "Categorizing Value–Based Payment Models According to the LAN Alternative Payment Model Framework: Examples of Payment Models by Category", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 6, 2018.

Bailit MH, Burns M, Dyer MB. "Value–Based Innovation by State Public Employee Health Benefits Programs", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 28, 2017.

Burns M, Bailit MH. "The Business Case for Maternity Care Episode–Based Payment", HCP–LAN Maternity Multi–Stakeholder Action Collaborative, April 27, 2017.

Burns M, Waldman B, Taylor E. "The Role of State Medicaid Programs in Improving the Value of the Health Care System", National Association of Medicaid Directors, March 24, 2016.

Bailit MH, Burns M, Dyer MB. "Implementing Value-Based Physician Compensation: Advice from Early Adopters", Healthcare Financial Management, July 1, 2015.

Burns M, Bailit MH. "Alternative Payment Models and the Case of Safety Net Providers in Massachusetts", Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, March 18, 2015.

Burns M, Dyer MB, Bailit MH. "Reducing Overuse and Misuse: State Strategies to Improve Quality and Cost of Health Care", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 2014.

Bailit MH, Burns M. "Facilitators and Barriers to Payment Reform: Market-based, governmental, organizational, and design considerations", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, September 2013.

Bailit MH, Burns M. "All Together Now — Coordinating California´s Public Sector Health Care Purchasing", California HealthCare Foundation, September 2013.

Bailit MH, Burns M, Houy M. "Bundled Payments One Year Later: An Update on the Status of Implementations and Operational Findings", Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, May 2013.

Bailit MH, Hughes C, Burns M, Freedman DH. "Shared-Savings Payment Arrangements in Health Care", The Commonwealth Fund, August 2012.

Bailit MH, Burns M. "Delivering Value: How Value-Based Purchasing Improves Quality and Lowers Costs", Published by Buying Value, July 2012.

Bailit MH, Burns M. "Bundled Payment Across the U.S. Today: Status of Implementations and Operational Findings", Published by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, May 2012.


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