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Kristy Duffey, APRN-BC, FAAN

Chief Nursing Officer, Optum Health

Kristy Duffey, APRN-BC, FAAN

Kristy Duffey was named chief nursing officer of Optum Health in November 2022 and chief operating officer of Optum Home and Community Care in December 2021. She oversees Optum HouseCalls, Optum at Home, Senior Community Care and Post-Acute Care programs.

Duffey is responsible for driving Optum Health as employer-of-choice for advance practice clinicians by leading key workforce development strategies and initiatives. Duffey leads interdisciplinary clinical teams delivering care in the home, as well as in community settings such as skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical teams bridge home and clinic to coordinate care across physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers and other experts to address the full medical, behavioral and social needs of all patients from healthy to the most complex.

Previously, Duffey served as chief executive officer of Optum Population Health Solutions and led the business transformation and external partnerships for whole-person care products and services. Prior to joining Optum, Duffey served as vice president of clinical operations at XLHealth and as executive director at Evercare Health Plan, which was acquired by Optum. She is a certified geriatric nurse practitioner and serves as a fellow at the American Academy of Nursing.

Duffey currently serves on the boards of the United Health Foundation, Calm and Children’s HeartLink, and advocates for the clinician workforce through UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Clinician Advancement. 

Duffey received her MS from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and her BSN from the University of South Carolina.