Nicole Dempsey Stallings is Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), the trade association for Maryland’s 64 hospitals and health systems. In this role she has responsibility for the strategic direction and management of the association’s efforts before the legislative and executive branch of government. Nicole also oversees the development and implementation of provider alignment strategies to support the goals of Maryland’s unique Total Cost of Care agreement with the federal government, 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 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 has her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Health Care from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech.