Director, Health Economics, NeuromodulationCompany: Boston Scientific
Role: Session Presenter Session: Disability Inclusion: Powering Breakthrough Innovation and Customer Delight (S4-C)
Kristen Hedstrom is the director of health economics and market access for the neuromodulation business of Boston Scientific based in Valencia, Calif., where she develops and directs the global health economics and reimbursement strategies and activities for key development and marketed nerve stimulation products. In addition, Kristen serves as the global lead for Boston Scientific’s Leadership, Education and Allies for Disabilities (LEAD) Employee Resource Group (ERG), which supports the company’s employees’ ability to bring their whole selves to work.
Kristen began her career at Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) leading efforts to advance policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives in the public and private sector that affected patient access, provider adoption, coverage, and reimbursement across all BSC technologies. Prior to joining BSC, she spent 12 years working in government affairs for physician specialty associations, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In these roles, she directed the activities and staff in establishing and operationalizing strategies around key priorities, such as healthcare reform, Medicare payment, medical liability reform, and scope of practice. Kristen began her career in Washington, D.C., as a healthcare legislative assistant for Representative Mike McIntyre of North Carolina.
She holds a master’s degree in public health from Emory University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond.