Traci La Valle is Vice President, Rate Setting, where she advocates for Maryland's hospitals, health systems, communities, and patients primarily before state regulatory bodies. In her role, she works to ensure fair and reasonable hospital payment policies that provide appropriate incentives to improve quality and reduce avoidable costs. In her twelve years at MHA, she has held progressively responsible roles covering a range of issues that affect Maryland hospital finances. Most recently, she worked with hospital representatives and state regulators to restructure the incentives to reduce hospital complications and is currently revising policies related to readmission measurement and related payment incentives. Traci has a Master of Public Health and a Certificate in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Temple University.