Strategic Advisor in Health Benefits & Policy
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
National Business Group on Health
Helen Darling, MA, is currently a strategic advisor in health benefits and policy in Washington, DC. From 2001 to May 1, 2014, Ms. Darling was president and chief executive officer of the National Business Group on Health, a national nonprofit membership organization devoted exclusively to providing practical solutions to its employer-members' most important health care problems and representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues. Its 422 members, including 70 of the Fortune 100 in 2015, purchase health and disability benefits for over 50 million employees, retirees, and dependents.
Ms. Darling is a current director and recent chair of the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF). Effective March 1, 2016, she will serve as interim president and chief executive officer of NQF. Ms. Darling is a director of the congressionally created Reagan-Udall Foundation, which supports the mission of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She serves on the Committee on Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (co-chair for ten years) and the Medical Advisory Panel, Technology Evaluation Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Association). She is a founding member of the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care. She also serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Peterson Foundation.
Ms. Darling has received many awards and honors, including WorldatWork's Keystone Award and the President's Award by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2010. She was given a lifetime appointment in 2003 as a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences for her work for the Institute of Medicine.
Previously, she directed the purchasing of health benefits and disability at Xerox Corporation for 55,000 U.S. employees. Ms. Darling was a principal at William W. Mercer and practice leader at Watson Wyatt. Earlier in her career, she was an advisor to Sen. David Durenberger who served on the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Finance. Ms. Darling received a master's degree in demography/sociology and a bachelor's of science degree in history/English, cum laude, from the University of Memphis.