Stephanie Kovalick

Chief Strategy Officer; General Manager, Strategy

Stephanie Kovalick is the Chief Strategy Officer; General Manager, Strategy, at Sage Growth Partners (SGP). She is responsible for building SGP’s internal growth strategy as well as leading the strategy consulting team. The strategy consulting team focuses on delivery value creation solutions to healthcare provider organizations, associations, healthcare technology and investor firms.

A recognized thought leader in the value-based care space, Stephanie is a leading healthcare authority with extensive workflow, product management and marketing experience in the healthcare payer, provider and health information technology sectors. She also has deep expertise in healthcare payment models and revenue cycle management.

Stephanie most recently held leadership roles with Availity, LLC, and GE Healthcare. She also served as the Director, Healthcare Expense Analysis for Johns Hopkins Health Plan.

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Stephanie excels in driving strategic product planning and concept development to deliver innovative technology solutions that improve cost, quality and access to care, while delivering significant ROI to both health plan and provider customers.

Prior to joining Sage Growth Partners, she served as Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Availity, LLC, and she previously led the product management function for revenue cycle, managed care and integrated care/population health solutions in GE’s Healthcare IT group.

Stephanie began her career in the managed care industry, holding key roles at Tufts Health Plan and the Johns Hopkins Health Plan before joining IDX Systems Corporation, where she was responsible for the development and execution of managed care strategies specific to population risk management.

Led and executed a number of key go-to-market and value creation strategies to drive growth for SGP clients in the PHM, wound care and healthcare analytics sectors, to name a few. These activities involved in-depth market analysis on healthcare market trends, competitive differentiation, and comprehensive evaluation of the customer’s core competencies, competitive positioning, and go-to-market strategies.

Conducted in-depth primary and secondary research in the population health management space to create a product roadmap for growth for Integrated Care Solutions at GE Healthcare.

Led the creation of a solution roadmap at GE Healthcare to deliver innovative solutions that helped provider organizations thrive in a world of value-based or population-based reimbursement, focusing on population analytics, financial and clinical workflows to support new reimbursement models such as capitation and bundled payments, physician performance management and reimbursement management. Key to delivering a solid roadmap was thorough gathering of voice-of-customer and voice-of-market data to identify the key unmet needs and high level requirements to implement a successful and sustainable population health program.

Managed a portfolio of innovative solutions designed to promote optimal communication and foster trust between health plans and providers with the goal of improving outcomes, reducing cost and increasing access to care.

Served as the voice of strategic product innovation, serving large health plan and provider customers by listening to and understanding the unmet needs and challenges of customers and translating them into high-level solution requirements.

Ensured rigorous product management execution to create highly innovative product roadmaps that drive sustainable growth, incorporating a focus on customer and market segmentation, market and competitive landscape, product positioning and packaging, agile product development, business case, and ROI modeling.

Led a panel of industry experts in a discussion at the Thomas Jefferson Pop Health Colloquium on how the roles of key incumbent actors, including physicians, hospitals, and health plans, will be impacted and challenged by industrializing events, such as process standardization, information integration, supply chain rationalization, consumer sovereignty and price/cost transparency.

As a senior product manager, drove successful product strategies for core revenue cycle and managed care HIT solutions with a customer base of over 300, ensuring day-to-day needs were met, emerging needs were anticipated and satisfied, and the products were sustainable and exceeded customer satisfaction expectations.

Stephanie earned an A.D. in Management and a B.S. in Marketing from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

  • Kovalick, Stephanie. “How to Thrive in the New PCP Marketplace.” The Doctor Weighs In, a leading healthcare industry blog. August 4, 2016.
  • Panelist on “Startup Workshop: Design a Product with Population Health in Mind.” Jefferson College of Population Health, MedCity Invest, a leading national healthcare investing conference. Chicago IL. April 12-13, 2016.
  • Moderator for panel discussion “Mini Summit IV: Creating a Platform for Care Transformation in Value-Based Care Environments.” Jefferson Population Health Colloquium. March 2016.
  • Co-hosted webinar “What’s the Cost of Inaction?” to help hospitals, health systems, physician practices and other provider organizations quickly adopt new care delivery models and avoid significant financial loss.
  • Kovalick, Stephanie and Melissa Pitchford. “Why Physicians Should Make the Shift to Value-Based Care.” Chesapeake Physician. August 31, 2015.
  • Presenter, “From Novelty to Normalcy – transforming your business model to succeed with value based payments.” GE Healthcare Centricity Live User Group. Orlando FL. April 2015.