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Tim Ward

Senior Partner, Southern California
Leads our work with US Medicaid organizations, drawing on expertise to advise healthcare clients to help payors, providers, and pharmaceutical companies transform the delivery of services

About Tim

Tim has more than 18 years of consulting experience. Since joining McKinsey in 2004, his work has spanned a wide range of healthcare topics for health plans, state healthcare agencies, providers, and health-services companies.

Tim leads McKinsey’s work in Medicaid and state healthcare. Some examples of his recent work includes serving commercial payors and state Medicaid programs on major healthcare-value efforts, the scale-up of innovative contracting efforts, and exchange and consumer insights; designing and implementing outcomes-based payment-reform programs to support transitions to improved care-delivery models; and leading major payor-transformation programs on topics including operational performance improvement, capital planning, enterprise risk management, corporate and segment strategy, marketing, and pricing.

From 2008 to 2012, he was the editor of McKinsey’s Health International journal. Tim serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Southern California Leadership Council.

Tim has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. He was awarded the Hicks and Webb Medley prize in economics while attending University College, Oxford.

Published work

Zero-based budgeting for health plans: Dealing with uncertainty ahead,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Affordable housing in Los Angeles: Delivering more—and doing it faster,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2019

High-performing US states: Is there a secret to success?,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Improving care delivery to individuals with special or supportive care needs,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Risk adjustment for retrospective episode-based payment: Guiding principles and proposed methodology,” McKinsey & Company, 2014

Past experience

Strategy consultant

Strategy consultant


University College, Oxford
MA, philosophy, politics, and economics