Scott Becker is the Publisher and Founder of Becker’s HealthCare and Becker’s Hospital Review. He is a partner at McGuireWoods and a former board member of McGuireWoods. Mr. Becker also served as chair of the national health care practice at McGuireWoods for more than 12 years.
He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a CPA.
Adam Boehler, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, joined CMS in April, 2018. Adam is widely regarded as an innovative leader in the private sector and has designed and implemented new, patient-focused approaches to healthcare delivery.
Before coming to CMS, Adam was founder and CEO of Landmark Health, a company that provides home-based medical care. Landmark was founded on the premise of passionate people transforming how care is delivered to those who need it most - the most chronically ill. Landmark is one of the largest home-based medical groups in the country, with over 20 locations and over 80,000 chronic patients under management.
Additionally, before joining CMS, Adam was an Operating Partner at Francisco Partners, a global private equity firm with a focus on healthcare technology and services and the founder and Chairman of Avalon Health Solutions, the leading provider of laboratory benefit management services.
Previously, Adam was Founder and CEO of Accumen. Accumen is a leading provider of comprehensive laboratory management services to health systems. Adam was also a Principal at Accretive, LLC, where he was responsible for healthcare investments. Prior to joining Accretive, Adam was Executive Vice President and General Manager at MedeAnalytics, the leading provider of healthcare analytics with over 600 hospital and insurance clients.
Adam started his career at Battery Ventures, a leading technology venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management, focusing on investments in software and emerging technologies. Adam graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in New Orleans, LA with his wife, Shira, and their four young children.
Craig Brammer serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Health Collaborative, one of the country’s leading regional health improvement collaboratives based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role he is responsible for helping leaders set a shared strategic direction, and execute on a broad agenda of improving health and healthcare across the Greater Cincinnati region. Craig manages a $15 million annual budget and leads a team of 65 health professionals focused on the organization’s three work streams: Healthcare Improvement, Population Health, and Clinical Informatics. He previously served on the leadership team at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Washington, DC, where he focused on the intersection of technology and payment policy and led a $260 million Federal technology innovation program. A Cincinnati native, Brammer earned his master’s degree in Organizational Behavior at the University of Cincinnati.
Adam Cancryn is a health care reporter for POLITICO Pro. Prior to joining POLITICO, he was a senior reporter for S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering the intersection of money, politics and regulation across the financial services and insurance industries. He's also written for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, and got his start at the Philadelphia Business Journal. Adam is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and a proud New Jersey native.
Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies. Cannon has been described as “an influential health-care wonk” (Washington Post), “ObamaCare’s single most relentless antagonist” (New Republic), “ObamaCare’s fiercest critic” (The Week), and “the intellectual father”ofKing v. Burwell (Modern Healthcare). He has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and NPR. His articles have been featured in nearly every major national and health care publication including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, JAMA Internal Medicine; Health Matrix: Journal ofLaw-Medicine, Harvard Health Policy Review, and more. Cannon is the coeditor of Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform and coauthor ofHealthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.
Previously, he served as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, where he advised the Senate leadership on health, education, labor, welfare, and the Second Amendment. He holds a BA in American government from the University of Virginia, and an MA in economics and a JM in law and economics from George Mason University. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Harvard Health Policy Review
Sean Cavanaugh is the Chief Administrative and Performance Officer of Aledade, which partners with independent physicians to succeed in value-based payment models.
He previously was the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Deputy Director at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He’s had a bunch of other jobs, too.
Dr. Chang is the founder and medical director of the nascent Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) that is supported by the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation. The institute is dedicated to implement data science and artificial intelligence in medicine and is the first institute of its kind in a hospital. The new institute is concomitantly dedicated to facilitate innovation in children and health care all over the world.
He is the founder of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Summer Internship Program, which mentors close to 100 young physicians-to-be every summer. Dr. Chang has also published review papers on big data and predictive analytics as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine. He is currently organizing a book project, Medical Intelligence: Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Cognitive Computing, Machine and Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. He is the organizing chair for the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMed) annual meeting, the largest meeting that focuses on applications of artificial intelligence in medicine.
Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, a Hunch Analytics company that provides actionable, clinically-relevant analytics services to population health organizations. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama (’09-’12) and in 2014, authored, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.” He joined the Board of the Health Care Cost Institute in 2017, earned his MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and BA from The Johns Hopkins University
Since being appointed as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in January 2017, Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, and her team have worked tirelessly to improve the health safety and well-being of North Carolinians. DHHS is a cabinet-level agency with approximately 16,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion. Among her top priorities are combating the opioid crisis, building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, and improving early childhood education. Cohen is an internal medicine physician and has experience leading complex health organizations.
Before coming to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services she was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
She brings a deep understanding of health care to the state and has been responsible for implementing policies for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Federal Marketplace.
A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Cohen is married to Sam Cohen, a health care regulatory lawyer. The couple has two daughters, ages 4 and 6.
Don Crane is President and CEO of APG, the nation's only professional association exclusively representing capitated, coordinated care organizations, and is a leading voice promoting the interests of physicians practicing accountable care across the nation.APG consists of approximately 200 multispecialty medical groups and IPAs that provide medical care to over 16 million patients across 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Crane is in the forefront of national public policy advocacy on behalf of accountable care organizations across the country as they make the journey from volume to value and move into risk-based alternative payment models. He is the lead producer and moderator of APG's nationally acclaimed healthcare conferences. A seasoned healthcare attorney, Mr. Crane practiced healthcare law for over 30 years and served as corporate counsel for several major integrated health systems. Mr. Crane speaks regularly on healthcare issues to a wide variety of physician groups, hospital boards, and academic meetings. He has been a guest lecturer on healthcare management issues to graduate students at major California universities.
Paige Winfield Cunningham launched the daily Health 202 newsletter in May 2017 for The Washington Post. She started her journalism career as a county board reporter at the Naperville Sun in the Chicago area, after graduating from Wheaton College in 2006. She has since covered Virginia state government, worked as a congressional reporter and has been writing about health-care policy for seven years.
She has been a fellow of the Fulbright Commission's Berlin Capital Program and the National Press Foundation's Precision Medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic. Paige lives in Alexandria, Va. with her husband and three kids.
Dr. Gaurov Dayal is President, New Markets and Chief Growth Officer at ChenMed where he leads operations for new markets and is responsible for ChenMed’s national expansion. Gaurov has wide-ranging experience in population health and physician group, health plan and hospital operations.
Prior to joining ChenMed, Gaurov was a Senior Vice President at Lumeris, a comprehensive population health solution provider, where he was responsible for creating and implementing operational models for large health care systems and provider groups transitioning into value-based care delivery. Earlier, at SSM Health Care, a large multi -state Integrated Delivery system, he served as the first Chief Medical Officer, Interim CEO for SSM Wisconsin Hospitals and President of Health Care Delivery, Finance and Integration. At SSM he was responsible for leading the transformation from a traditional volume-based provider to a value-based system which included the successful acquisition and successful integration of Dean Clinic and Dean Health plan- the largest HMO in Southern Wisconsin.
Prior to SSM he served as the first Chief Medical Officer for Adventist Health Care and President of the Adventist Medical Group, founder of a hospitalist group and as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and Co. Gaurov holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins and received his Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University. He did his residency training in pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Sasha Dhall currently serves as the Vice President, Risk Performance and Growth at AppleCare Medical Group in Los Angeles. She oversees AppleCare's risk arrangements, staff-model clinics and health policy strategy. Additionally, she is responsible for membership growth and retention, with an emphasis on member experience.
Dr. DiLoreto, Principal at GE Healthcare Camden Group, is a physician-executive who is highly experienced in executive management, strategy and operations of healthcare delivery systems, and managed care companies. He has deep management expertise in community-based and academic health systems, large group medical practices, hospitals, and managed care organizations. His areas of specialty include clinical transformation, population health, business process improvement, leadership development, medical informatics, quality improvement and patient safety, and data management and analytics.
Dr. Sanjay Doddamani is the Chief Medical Officer of Geisinger at Home, a home-based model of care for Geisinger’s population of medically complex patients. He leads a large clinical team across the primary service area in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Keystone ACO, and is a Senior Director in Population Health. In this capacity, he works with the executive leadership to accelerate improvement of performance metrics across the system, working closely with the service line, hospital and community healthcare and operational leadership, to improve integration of population health initiatives. His clinical background as a practicing heart failure cardiologist has helped provide deep insights in to chronic conditions and the struggles faced by patients and their caregivers.
Dr. Doddamani is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, as well as in heart failure and cardiac transplant. He has served on numerous panels and committees and presented on diverse topics both nationally and abroad.
Matthew (Matt) Eylesis President & Chief Executive Officer ofAmerica’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association representing health insurance providers. Matt leads the association toward fulfilling its mission and vision: expanding access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans, through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality, and innovation.He joined AHIP in 2015 and led its Policy & Regulatory Affairs team,and he was Chief Operating Officer before his appointment as President & CEO.
Matt has more than two decades of health care experience in the private sector and in government.He has led teams at Fortune 200 health care companies in diverse roles—including public policy, government affairs, advocacy and corporate communications—with both a U.S. and global focus. Before joining AHIP, Matt held senior executive positions at Coventry Health Care, Inc. (now an Aetna company) and Wyeth (now a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.).
Through his work at Avalere Health, he has been a consultant to some of the largest global and U.S. health care companies and organizations. Matt began his career at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) where he worked on many issues, including health care, budget policy, and regulatory policy. Matt is on the Board of Directors of the National Health Council and was previously on the Board of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI). He has undergraduate degrees from The George Washington University in Political Science and History, as well as a graduate degree in Public Policy from the University of Rochester (NY)
John directs and manages all company operations, client services, strategic alliances, planning, and business development for Gorman Health. Maintain business focus on government healthcare programs (Medicare, Medicaid, dual eligibles, and ObamaCare) and requirements, and operational compliance, process development, product development and strategic planning.
Previously John served as a member of the Board of Directors of XLHealth/Care Improvement Plus, the largest chronic care Special Needs Plan in the nation with operations in 9 states and India, over 100,000 members, and $1.6 billion in revenues. He led the successful effort in 2010-2011 to dramatically reduce beneficiary complaints and grievances by improved service and termination of noncompliant sales agents. Upon completion of turnaround, sold company to United Health Group February 2012 for a record valuation.
John experience also includes serving as Deputy Press Secretary, US House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations where he developed all speeches, Congressional statements, and media “messages” for Government Operations Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr.
Dr. Bernard ͞Bud͟ Hammes is the Executive Director of Respecting Choices®. For the 32 years prior to this position, Dr. Hammes was a member of the medical staff, Director of Humanities, and Clinical Ethicist at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. As part of his position at Gundersen, he founded and helped develop the Respecting Choices program in the La Crosse region. Since 1999, he also helped develop the Respecting Choices program into a national and international program.
Dr. Hammes served as editor for the book, Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most, which was released in 2012. He has authored or co-authored 46 articles and book chapters that are focused on clinical ethics, advance care planning, and care of patients with serious illness. Dr. Hammes was awarded the PDIA Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2012.
This award recognizes an individual for contributions to the advancement of the field of palliative medicine through the education and training of future leaders. In 2015, he received recognition from the Tribeca Disruption Innovation Awards for the impact of the Respecting Choices program. This award celebrates those whose ideas have broken the mold to create remarkable impact.
As SVP and Chief Executive Officer of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers, Stacey Hrountas leads a staff of over 2,500 employees dedicated to the business systems for more than 500 primary care and specialty physicians. Her team serves more than 400,000 patients in 22 medical office sites throughout San Diego County.
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare, a leading integrated delivery system and a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, the Nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. Stacey has over 30 years experience in the health care industry. She joined Sharp in 1994 and has held several system-wide leadership positions including Vice President, Managed Care Contracting and Finance for the entire Sharp HealthCare system and affiliated medical groups.
Stacey has served on the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) Board of Directors since 2013, is a member of the CAPG Public Policy Committee and serves as CAPG San Diego Regional Chair. She has served as Treasurer of the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) Board of Directors since January 2015 and serves on their Technical Payment Committee. Stacey is a member the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) National Healthcare Leadership Council and is a member of the Aetna Public Policy Committee.
Stacey holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from UCLA, and a Master in Public Health, in Health Services Administration from San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego, CA.
Laura Jacobs is managing principal at GE Healthcare Partners and has been with the firm since 1990. She has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of integrated delivery system development, payer strategy, population health management, healthcare strategic and financial planning, transactions, and governance/management systems. She is a noted speaker and industry resource on the impact of healthcare trends, most notably the requirements for success in value-based payment models, clinical integration, and creating successful integrated delivery systems.Laura has assisted organizations throughout the country with strategic and financial planning, performance improvement, merger facilitation, and affiliation strategies.
She has led the development and implementation of clinical integration and accountable care initiatives. She has led the strategic, financial, and operational redesign of health systems, including transforming the framework for decision-making and care delivery. She has led the organizational and compensation redesign for provider organizations to achieve greater integration and aligned incentives.
She has assisted academic medical centers and large multi-state health systems with implementing clinical integration strategies and transitioning to value-based models. She is a frequent speaker regarding current trends in healthcare, payer strategies, risk-based payment models, consumer expectations, clinical integration, governance, and optimizing performance
Sam is a seasoned healthcare executive, faculty and consultant with 30 years of experience in health IT, healthcare finance, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and continuous quality improvement, serving as COO, CIO, VP of Analytics, Senior Director, Director of Medical/Healthcare Informatics, etc. He is a faculty at UC Irvine Merage School of Business and USC Price School of Public Policy. Sam currently is the Chief Information and Innovation Officer for a healthcare startup, and serves as Chief AI Evangelist and Strategic Adviser for AI Med. He has served in many HFMA national, regional and chapter leadership roles (including HFMA National Advisory Council, National Board of Examiners, National CHFP Exam Standard Setting Committee, Yerger Award judge, Region 11 Education Committee Co‐Chair and Chair, Wester Region Symposium Provide Outreach Committee, and Southern California Chapter President,).
Additionally, He served as President of HIMSS Southern California Chapter with over 3,000 members, Chair of the HIMSS National Chapters Task Force, and on HIMSS National Davies Committee on the use of HIT and EHRs. He received HFMA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Medal of Honor, and several Yerger Special Recognition awards. He received the 2012 HIMSS National Chapter Leader of the Year Award. Under his presidency HIMSS SoCal chapter received HIMSS National Chapter of the Year award in 2011. He is a frequent speaker/moderator at international, national and professional conferences addressing health IT and healthcare finance challenges facing our society, including keynotes and sessions at HFMA, HIMSS, ACHE, NAHQ, PAHCOM, AHIMA, APG, AI Med, Becker’s Hospital Review, Becker’s NALHE, NSHMBA, Pediatrics 2040: Trends and Innovations in Pediatrics, National Healthcare CXO Summit, CIO Forum, Health IT Summit, National Hospital Revenue Cycle Conference, Medicare Advantage Strategic Symposium, etc.
He speaks internationally as well, from the Middle East, South America, Asia to Europe. He provides training and consulting for healthcare leaders in the U.S. and around the world. Sam has active memberships in American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and Healthcare Data and Analytics Association (HDAA).
He has been an executive mentor for UC Irvine’s graduate students for 15 years. Sam is a marathon runner. He is a USSF licensed coach, and USSF, NISOA, and NFHS certified referee. He enjoys hiking, biking and beaching going.
Sally Kozak is currently serving as Deputy Secretary for the Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP). She has more than 15 years of Commonwealth service at the Department of Human Services, including over 13 years within OMAP, time spent in the Office of Children, Youth, and Families, and most recently as Director of the Bureau of Program Integrity. In the private sector, Sally led development, design, and execution of population health management programs, quality improvement initiatives, care management IT systems, and predictive modeling through health care analytics. She is also a registered nurse who formerly focused on surgical trauma and home health.
Pauline Lapin is the Director for the Seamless Care Models Group (SCMG) in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).Pauline oversees and provides guidance in the development and implementation of innovative payment and delivery models related to advanced primary care and accountable care organizations, namely the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) and CPC Plus initiatives, the Pioneer ACO and Next Generation ACO Models, and the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative.
Her group also manages health plan innovation models in Medicare Parts C and D. Pauline has been in federal service at CMS for over 25 years, previously serving as Deputy Director of SCMG, and as a Division Director in the Office of Research, Development and Information, where she oversaw the design and implementation of a variety of demonstrations, including those related to medical home/advanced primary care practice and prevention. She holds a Master of Health Science degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a PhD dropout.
MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative background to the top position in the Washington State Medicaid program. Lindeblad, has been an active health care professional as well as a leader spanning most aspects of health care including acute care, long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities.
Prior to her appointment as State Medicaid Director, she served for two years as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously, she was Director of the Health Care Services Division of the Medicaid program. Lindeblad held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including Assistant Administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board. During the 1990s, Lindeblad also worked in the private sector, serving as Director of Operations for Unified Physicians of Washington. In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute.
In 2015 she was inducted into the Eastern Washington University Chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta Society. She currently chairs the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, and serves on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington.
William Manard, MD, FAAFP, current serves as the chief medical informatics office for Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the SLUCare Physician Group. He is a board-certified family physician and clinical informaticist. In addition to these full-time roles, he also has been an active researcher in the role of electronic health records in patient engagement and the role thereof in clinical outcomes. In his ongoing academic work, he is particularly interested both in the impact of EHRs on patient outcomes, but on the impact of their use on physician satisfaction and well-being.
Kevin leads the physician enterprise division of Providence St. Joseph Health –a $23B integrated Catholic health care delivery system spanning seven states – as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Physician Enterprise. With more than 8,000 providers across PSJH, the physician enterprise serves more than 4 million patients across the Western United States. Kevin also continues to serve as President and Chief Executive of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (Heritage), the physician foundation for eight medical groups across the state of California. With more than 2,000 physicians in medical group and IPA models, Heritage medical groups are some of the highest performing in the state – and are consistently recognized as top performers by the Integrated Health Care Association, APG and more. Heritage manages 100,000 Medicare Advantage (MA) lives and 400,000 commercial lives and accounts for about $1.8B in revenue.
Thanks to continuous innovation in care delivery models, data driven solutions, and a focus on physician-led decision making, Heritage has significantly improved PMPM performance, physician and caregiver engagement and patient experience – charting to the top quartile. Kevin and the Heritage leaders are also responsible for developing a proprietary patient experience program, Own It, which reconnects caregivers and physicians with their purpose in health care, with an emphasis on creating a culture of empathy and compassion. Own It is now being scaled across the Providence St. Joseph Health ministry as a best practice.
Kevin brings more than 15 years of ambulatory and acute operational experience, in addition to a long history in health care IT. He received a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University, his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa, and is Black Belt certified in Toyota’s LEAN model.
President and CEO National Business Group on Health Brian is president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and helping companies optimize business performance through health improvement and health care management.
The Business Group leads initiatives to address the most relevant health care issues facing employers today and enables human resource and benefit leaders to learn, share and leverage best practices for improving health and controlling health care costs from the most progressive companies.
Business Group members, which include 73 Fortune 100 companies and 420 companies in total, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. Previously Brian was vice president of compensation and benefits at Honeywell International where was responsible for the strategy, design and implementation of global total rewards, executive compensation and the HR mergers and acquisitions process.
Linda currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Value Based Care at Providence St. Joseph Health.In this role, she serves as Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Medical Centers’10 multi-specialty physician clinic system, Uniformed Services Family Services Health Plan as well as executive oversight for the Value Based Care division, Government Programs division and Population Health Informatics division for the 7 state health system . Linda has over 25 years of healthcare experience in both hospital and ambulatory settings. She is highly skilled in system redesign, change management, leadership development, employee engagement, revenue cycle, systems integration and health plan operations. Linda is a founding member of Project Access Northwest, a ground breaking non-profit organization that has significantly improved access to healthcare for underserved populations in the region.
Under her leadership, Project Access brought together the major providers of care in the region to develop solutions to the challenges of providing specialty care to the underinsured and uninsured populations in the community. Linda currently serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of Greater Seattle as well as the Corporate Advisory board of The Greater Seattle Business Association. She is a prior board member of Project Access Northwest, as well as Past Board President and current member of the Business Women’s Council for Women’s Funding Alliance.
In 2014, she was recognized by the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) as the Corporate Leader of the Year for her leadership role in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In 2016, Linda received the Outstanding Voices Award for her role in promoting diversity in healthcare leadership. She also volunteers for the Year-up organization, which supports urban young adult’s access to education, experience and guidance for their future careers. Linda holds a B.S. in Nursing from University of Miami and an M.H.A. from Barry University.
Melanie Matthews is the dynamic, creative and innovative CEO at Physicians of Southwest Washington (PSW) bringing more than 20 years of operations, financial, human resources and product marketing experience in health care services for specialty populations.With her personal capacity for energy, clear focus and performance excellence and her proven track record for operational, financial and market success, Melanie has been leading PSW through the waves of change in today’s health care climate.
Since she joined the company in 2016, she has maintained the core principals in which PSW was founded on and expanded business lines to include MSO services including credentialing, coding and compliance and the implementation of CMMI innovation models such as the Next Generation ACO. Melanie’s extensive knowledge in post-acute care provides strategic focus in reducing overall cost of care as well as provider and beneficiary engagement.
Her nationally recognized visionary leadership will assure that PSW continues its work to help integrate the ideas of health care reform into the lives of patients and physician practices.Prior to PSW, Melanie served for three years as Vice President of Operations for Prestige Care, Inc., where she was responsible for regulatory and financial operations and outcomes for 38 skilled nursing facilities and two Medicare home health agencies in a four-state northwest region. Among her other accomplishments, Melanie serves as the chair of the Washington Health Care Association, was selected by the American Health Care Association as a “National Political Ambassador” in 2013, and was named a national “Future Leader” in 2012.
Melanie holds a master of science, social gerontology, degree from Central Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University. She is married with two children and has lived in Olympia since 2008.
Matt Miller is Landmark Health’s SVP, Clinical Strategy & Head of Innovation. In this role he is responsible for the development and evolution of Landmark’s core operating model, and evaluating and scaling new technologies and approaches to bring high quality care to complex chronic patients across the country. Prior to joining Landmark, Matt was a Junior Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Southern California office and a leader in their Healthcare Systems and Services Practice.
At McKinsey, he worked with healthcare payers and other clients on population health and novel approaches to deliver value for patients and customers. He led the consultancy’s work on innovative ways to engage members in achieving better quality and cost in their own care, such as next-generation wellness, care management, and digital health.
Prior to medical school, Matt also spent time in technology product management, and at Stanford’s Center for Health Policy / Center for Primary Care Outcomes Research. Matt holds MD and MBA degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Biology and Neurobiology from Harvard University.
Amy Nguyen Howell, MD, is a board-certified family practice physician. She currently oversees all clinical programs at CAPG and supports advocacy work in Sacramento and Washington, DC. Additionally, she contributes to the Steering Committee on the Core Quality Measurement Collaborative; Healthcare Payment and Learning Action Network Population-Based Payment Work Group; and Clinical Programs Committee at NCQA.
Dr. Kavita Patel is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a co-founder of Tuple Health, a physician led company focused on practical clinicalsolutions to bring care back to health as well as a practicing primary care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In her role at the Brookings Institution, Dr. Patel was instrumental in the development of several specialty payment models including the Oncology Care Model Initiative and the Next Generation ACO model.
Dr. Patel was previously a Director of Policy for The White House under President Obama and a senior advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Her prior research in healthcare quality and community approaches to mental illness have earnednational recognition and she has published numerous papers and book chapters on healthcare reform and health policy.
She has testified before Congress several times and she is a frequent guest expert on NPR, CBS, NBC and MSNBC. Dr. Patel serves on the editorial board of the journal HealthAffairs and is a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates.
Margaret Peterson serves as the Director of Federal Affairs at America’s Physician Groups. In this capacity, Margaret
works to promote the organization’s federal advocacy and policy objectives including increasing access to value-based, coordinated care through regulatory and legislative avenues.
This role centers around building relationships and encouraging educational opportunities with Members of
Congress and Congressional staff, Executive Branch staff, and health policy leaders. Margaret also directs the induvial advocacy program, APG Advocates, which encourages members to become more involved in public policy and the legislative process.
Immediately prior to joining Affairs at America’s Physician Groups, Margaret served on the health policy team for Senator Joni Ernst focusing on a number of legislative priorities including ACA reform and MACRA implementation. Originally hailing from Iowa, Margaret received a BA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in Political Science with a minor in Public Relations.
As CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Sansum Clinic, Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, FACP oversees the largest outpatient healthcare delivery system in Santa Barbara County and one of the country's oldest and largest medical foundations. Dr. Ransohoff was recognized as the Santa Barbara County Medical Association's Physician of the Year for 2014.
Dr. Donald Rebhun is the Regional Medical Director of HealthCare Partners Medical Group and Affiliated Physicians. He is recognized for his work in areas of coordinated care and quality outcomes. He is active in areas of strategic development and is involved with physician and patient education programs, works in areas of legislation and advocacy, and maintains a part-time clinical practice.
Dr. Rebhun is a passionate champion of information technology for patient safety, collaborative treatment decisions, and evidence-based best practices.He received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Public Health, and Medical Degree from UCLA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Rebhun is a former Board Member and past Chairman of the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) and is presently Co-Chair of the Quality and Performance Committee and Board Member for America’s Physician Groups (APG).
He has served as a speaker at numerous professional conferences throughout the country and has authored many articles included in prestigious medical publications.
Duncan has operational accountability for Iora's Health's practices nationwide. He is responsible for delivering quality, total medical expense, patient experience, joy in practice and profit and loss results in a globally capitated payment model across 8 states and 34 locations. He joined Iora in 2012 and has spent his entire 20-year career in high growth service businesses spanning all stages of growth.
Prior to Iora Health, Duncan held strategy and growth roles at Health Dialog, a delegated disease management and population health provider to Medicare Advantage payers. Duncan earned an MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA at Colgate University
Dr. Rideout is currently President and CEO of the Integrated Healthcare Association, www.iha.org. The Integrated Healthcare Association is a California statewide multi-stakeholder leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability of health care. Dr. Rideout holds academic appointments with Stanford University School of Medicine and University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business. Dr. Rideout serves as an independent director for the Amedisys Corporation, is an independent director for privately held MatrixCare, and was recently a Senior Advisor/EIR to GE Ventures.
Previously Dr. Rideout served as the Senior Medical Advisor for Covered California, the state based insurance exchange for California. Previously Dr. Rideout was SVP, Chief Medical Officer for The TriZetto Group. Dr. Rideout completed his residency training in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He also holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Valinda Rutledge serves as the Vice President of Federal Affairs for America’s Physician Groups, leading the federal legislative and regulatory activities in Washington, DC. Prior to her current role at APG, she served in a leadership position at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation (CMMI), where she helped build the Innovation Center from its startup phase and managed the design and launch of several of the Center's models.
Before joining CMS, Ms. Rutledge served as CEO of several systems within Bon Secours and SSM Health, as well as CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina where she developed and launched several alternative payment models among employers and payers.
Ms. Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and impact to the industry on a national level. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation, and population health.
Matt Salo was named Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011. The association represents all 56 of the nation's state and territorial Medicaid Directors, and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices.
Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors health care and human services reform agendas, and spent the 5 years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid Directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association.
June Simmons, President and CEO, has enjoyed a long career as a health care executive in hospital and home health settings.
Since founding Partners in Care in 1997, June has pioneered the development and scaling of evidence-based innovative interventions for management of medications at home, self-management of chronic conditions, coordinated care to improve health outcomes, and care transitions.
Throughout her distinguished career, she has been instrumental in envisioning, creating, funding, and operating forward-looking health and social service programs that meet the mutual needs of patient populations, health care delivery networks and health plans. Her priority is sustainable patient-driven integration of care across settings, from primary care and hospital to home and community in the 21st century.
Partners continues to serve as a catalyst for shaping a new vision of health care by partnering with organizations, families, and community leaders in the work of changing health care systems, communities and lives. Partners in Care is now building prototype regional community delivery systems for the new health environment, developing strong partnerships between medicine, home and community based services and those who draw on the health and community systems of care. Partners also works to scale these innovations through shared learning systems at the national level.
Dr. Stone attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduating in 1993 followed by completion of a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in 1996. He has been in practice in primary care internal medicine for over 20 years at Central Ohio Primary Care. He is past president of COPC and now serves as CPC+ Medical Director for the company. COPC is a primary-care based group practice serving over 350,000 patients in the Central Ohio Area with heavy involvement in shared savings programs with payers as well as participation in full risk Medicare Advantage contracts.
Heather Trafton is Senior Vice President of National Managed Service Organization Operations at Steward Health Care Network where she is responsible for leading both day to day operations and strategic planning for the accountable care organization and the health plans. She is recognized as a leader in the industry with exceptional knowledge and expertise in succeeding under risk-bearing contracts and payer-provider strategies.
She has been instrumental in establishing innovative population health programs which have resulted in improved quality, lower total medical expense trends, improved care coordination and optimized MLR.
Ms. Trafton has spent the past four years working at the intersection of technology and operations, she has implemented population health technologies that aggregate hundreds of disparate data sources, designed and implemented new care coordination platform to better support provider practices and partnered with several technology vendors to improve operational efficiencies.
Ms Trafton practiced as a licensed PA for fourteen years prior to receiving her MBA from George Washington University.
Dr. Valenzuela is the Chief Medical Officer for Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods in Santa Rosa, California which is comprised of 125multi-specialty providers practicing throughout Sonoma County. He’s given national and international presentations on topics related to change management, healthcare innovation and physician leadership development.
Peter’s been recognized twice by the Medical Group Management Association(MGMA) with the Harwick Innovation Award for developing innovative solutions that enhance the effectiveness of healthcare delivery and the Physician Executive of the Year Award for exhibiting leadership deemed outstanding to achieve exceptional medical group performance.
In his spare time, Dr. Valenzuela is a medical satirist with a web comic called Doc-Related (www.doc-related.com) that chronicles the hilarious lives of clinicians, staff and administrators working within atypicalU.S. health system.
A key ingredient to informed patient-doctor discussions regarding serious illness care includes the patient’s ability to understand and imagine hypothetical disease states and medical interventions. However, studies suggest that there are numerous barriers to communication between doctors and patients.
One innovation to surmount these barriers includes using video decision aids to reinforce serious illness conversations. Dr. Angelo E. Volandes leads a group of internationally recognized researchers who create and study video decision aids to empower patients and families to make informed decisions at the end of life. ( www.ACPdecisions.org ) Dr. Volandes is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Volandes' research is focused on improving patient decision-making and is supported by the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation, the Stupski Foundation, and the Melik-Baschkopf Foundation. He received his BA in philosophy from Harvard College his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, and a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Following medical school, Dr. Volandes completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed fellowships in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was named the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in 2004-5 at the Harvard University Center for Ethics.
His first book was just released by Bloomsbury Press and is titled, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care. .
Robert White, MD, FAAFP is Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN). As CMIO at AHN, Dr. White leads the design and implementation of the Network’s clinical information technology strategy. Specifically, he directs and champions the adoption by physicians of AHN’s Epic electronic health record and other technology solutions that support the delivery of well-coordinated, high quality clinical care, enhanced patient engagement, telemedicine, and population health management, among other key AHN and enterprise-level initiatives.
Previously at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. White was responsible for directing multiple system-wide initiatives in this important role that improved and expanded the use of clinical information technology at the Clinic and helped further establish its recognition as one of the country’s most technologically advanced and integrated patient-centered healthcare organizations.
US Senator D - Rhode Island. Rhode Islanders know they can count on Sheldon Whitehouse to fight for the middle-class values that matter most to us. Sheldon believes that every child deserves the opportunities provided by a good education, and that anyone willing to work hard should be able to find a good job. He believes in the promise of Social Security and Medicare to provide a basic measure of dignity for seniors when they retire.Sheldon has hosted more than 100 community dinners in every corner of the state to hear the concerns of Rhode Islanders.
He is dedicated to helping small businesses grow, making health care affordable for every family, and fighting to break through the barricade of special interests in Washington that are blocking action on climate change. The Providence Journal described Sheldon as “a strong-willed and articulate member of the Senate on national issues and an energetic champion of Rhode Island economic and other interests.”
The examples set by people like his father, a World War II veteran and diplomat, and by great figures in Rhode Island public life, like U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell and Governor Bruce Sundlun, taught Sheldon the good that public service can do for our country and our state. Throughout his more than thirty years in public service, Sheldon has focused on the basic issues that make a real difference in people’s lives. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sheldon served as Rhode Island’s Director of Business Regulation under Governor Sundlun before being recommended by Senator Pell and nominated by President Bill Clinton to be Rhode Island’s United States Attorney in 1994. He was elected Attorney General of Rhode Island in 1998, a position in which he served until 2003. On November 7, 2006, Rhode Islanders elected Sheldon to the United States Senate, where he is a member of the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW); the Judiciary Committee; and the Finance Committee.
He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport. They have two children. Whether at one of his community dinners throughout the state, meetings with small business owners, or discussions at senior centers, Sheldon is listening to Rhode Islanders—and putting their ideas to work in Washington.For the latest updates on Sheldon’s work, be sure to follow him on Twitter and “like” him on Facebook.
Mr. Wing joined SCAN in 2011. As CEO, Mr. Wing is responsible for working with the board of directors, leadership team and employees of SCAN to develop innovative ways to advance the company’s mission while responding to the nation’s changing healthcare landscape.
Mr. Wing has more than 30 years’ experience, having served in top executive positions across a wide spectrum of the healthcare industry. Most recently he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for HealthCare Partners, one of the largest medical groups in the nation.
Mr. Wing is a founding board member of Resplendent Hope, a faith-based organization that is committed to advancing the cause of widows and orphans in selected third-world countries. Mr. Wing is also Board Chair of Africa New Day. Mr. Wing holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Planning from the University of Southern California. His Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Marketing and Finance is from California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Yanni attended medical school at SUNY Syracuse and completed her training in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She has served as the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine for Bon Secours Virginia since 2011 and her role expanded in 2016 to serve as the Executive Medical Director of Comprehensive Care which includes oversight of Bon Secours serious illness services including home care and hospice. Dr. Yanni has published several papers and has been invited to speak at state and national meetings on topics such as pain management, advance care planning, and palliative care.
She enjoys writing about her experience with patients and families to support the community’s awareness of palliative care. Dr. Yanni has received several awards, including winning Best Bedside Manner from Our Health Magazine and being named a “Top Doc” by Richmond Magazine for over ten consecutive years. Under her leadership, the four Bon Secours Richmond hospitals received The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, and awarded the American Hospital Association’s 2016 Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End of Life Care. Dr.
Yanni is a board member of Honoring Choices Virginia and the Supportive Care Coalition. She focuses on advancing the health system’s strategy to support delivering the best possible care to patients and families facing serious illness.