Our 2017 Conference Speakers

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Heather AbbottHeather Abbott

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor

W1:  Keynote Address:  My Story of Recovery from Traumatic Injury

 

 

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What started out as an annual trek with friends to watch the Boston Marathon in 2013, ended with Heather Abbott alone, bloodied and at the mercy of strangers. Worse yet, the full extent of Heather’s injuries would later force her to choose between the unthinkable: a lifetime of crippling pain or allowing doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. What would you do? Today, as Founder of the Heather Abbott Foundation, Heather is more determined than ever to turn what was meant for evil into something good. Heather believes all those who have lost one or more limbs as a result of a traumatic injury can triumph over tragedy. She is proof you can “Live. Your. Life.” again!

Stephen Allegretto

Stephen Allegretto, CPA, MPH

Vice President, Strategic Analytics and Financial Planning
Yale New Haven Health System

T1:  Capstone Address:  Cost & Quality Together Forever
T4:  Closing CEO Panel: The Age of Health Care Innovation in the New Political Environment

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Steve Allegretto is the Vice President, Value Innovation and Strategic Analytics for Yale New Haven Health System, a $4.4B health system with over 24,000 employees located primarily in Connecticut. He has been at Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale New Haven Health System for close to 30 years, serving in a variety of financial and operational roles. He is a certified public accountant with an undergraduate degree in economics from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. He has had various teaching responsibilities at Yale School of Medicine’s Epidemiology and Public Health Program, Quinnipiac University, and Sacred Heart University.  Steve has a deep interest in demonstrating how the actual application of integrated clinical, operational and financial data drives actual improvement in patient care quality and cost while generating opportunities for value innovation and venture creation.

Mary Antonetti

Mary-Evelyn Antonetti

Senior Manager, Development & Exempt Organization Tax Practice
KPMG

PC-2: Accounting and Tax Update

 

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Mary-Evelyn Antonetti is a senior manager in KPMG’s Development & Exempt Organization (DEO) Tax Practice based out of the Hartford office. She has over 25 years of public accounting experience with a diverse background providing consulting and compliance services for not-for-profit, middle market, and real estate clients. Mary has significant experience serving both for-profit and not-for-profit health care clients along with other exempt organizations. She primarily assists with tax compliance and consultation on various issues including the revised form 990, compensation, community benefit and IRC §501(r ), alternative investments, unrelated business income tax, restructuring of affiliated hospital entities including physician practices, and hospital joint venture transactions. Mary has also served large nursing home groups, physician practices and many other healthcare related entities plus numerous non-profit organizations in different industries. Mary is currently a CPA in the State of Connecticut and a member of both the AICPA and CTCPA. She is an associate member on AICPA Exempt Organizations Tax TRP and serves on the program committee for the Connecticut Chapter of HFMA. She has a Masters of Taxation from Bryant University and a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University.

Marvin Berkowitz

Marvin Berkowitz

President
BHC Consulting
Director of Data Management
Harvard Medical Facutly Physicians at BIDMC

W4C:  MACRA – Taking Charge of Challenges

 

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Marvin is currently the Director of Data Management at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a position he has held for the past 11 years. HMFP is a multi-specialty physician practice employing 1,500 physicians affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its affiliate organizations. In that capacity Marvin works with a number of clinical and financial data warehouses used to maintain physician clinical quality measures for the PQRS, Meaningful Use, Medicare Shared Savings Plan and now MACRA programs. HMFP and BIDMC have participated in the Medicare Shared Savings Program as well as commercial risk based contracts since 2012.

Prior to his role at HMFP Marvin built a successful health care consulting practice, BHC Consulting, specializing in working with hospitals, physician practices and health plans.  Marvin’s work is focused on: 1- increasing health care provider organizations revenues received from managed care organizations and governmental payers, 2- evaluating proposed physician practice mergers and affiliations, and 3 – identifying opportunities for improving organizational efficiency through improved labor productivity reporting and operational benchmarking.

Marvin serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) where he previously served as the chapter President. Marvin also served as Regional Executive for the New England region of HFMA. Marvin earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Brad Bowman

Brad Bowman, MBA

Principal
Core Finance Team

W4B: What’s Happening in Washington (Medicare Updates)

 

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Brad Bowman has over 27 years of business experience in healthcare management and administration, reimbursement, consulting, and financial analysis. He joined Core Finance Team in 2011 after spending the prior 15 years as an executive within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ and Ernst & Young’s healthcare consulting practices. Throughout Brad’s career, his primary function has been to evaluate proposed, newly enacted legislation and regulations to understand their impact on existing rule and regulations. This has allowed him to help his clients capture available revenue streams while maintaining compliance. His clients include leading Academic Medical Centers and Health Systems across the country. He is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences on topics related to Federal healthcare policy and reimbursement.

Andy Bressler

Andy Bressler, CFA

Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Global Research

W2: Healthcare Economic Perspective: Update or New Deal?

 

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Mr. Bressler joined Bank of America in 1995. He provides analysis of trends, forecasts, legislative and regulatory impacts, and strategic directions for the healthcare industry. He works with both the fixed income and equity healthcare research teams, as well as the Bank’s healthcare investment banking team. Before joining Bank of America, Mr. Bressler was director for policy and research at the National Institute for Health Care Management, where he provided analysis of both healthcare legislation and healthcare market trends. Prior to helping form the National Institute for Health Care Management, Mr. Bressler was an associate in the Strategy Practice of Mercer Management Consulting. There he worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, computer equipment, textiles, and industrial products. Mr. Bressler consulted with corporations on benchmarking, business development, corporate restructuring, acquisitions, finance and marketing plan development. Mr. Bressler received an MBA, as a Dean’s Scholar, from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He received an M.S. and a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Michigan. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. Mr. Bressler lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Shellie, and twin sons, Adam and Casey.

Eric Brown

Eric W. Brown, PhD

Director of Foundational Innovation
IBM Watson Health

PC-1: New Horizons – Applications for Machine Learning to Healthcare Clinical and Administrative Systems

 

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Eric Brown is a research scientist and Director in the Watson Health group at IBM. Eric was a technical lead on the research team that created Watson, the question-answering system famous for beating Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on the television quiz show Jeopardy!. Eric now directs that team with a focus on advancing core cognitive technologies in support of applications in the healthcare domain. This work includes research and development in NLP and AI technologies, structured and unstructured data analysis and summarization, complex problem scenario analysis and decision support, and collaborative learning technologies. The team is especially interested in providing sophisticated access, understanding, and exploitation of information in Electronic Medical Records and leveraging that information to support medical providers in care delivery. Eric earned his B.S. at the University of Vermont and M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, all in Computer Science. Eric has published numerous conference and journal papers, and holds several patents in the areas of text analysis and question answering.

Vincenzo Carannante

Vincenzo Carannante

Partner
Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

W3B: Legal & Regulatory (CMS, HRSA & Other Compliance Issues)

 

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Vincenzo Carannante is a partner in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, where he represents a variety of healthcare facilities and providers including hospitals, tissue banks, ambulatory surgical centers, FQHCs, behavioral health providers, clinical laboratories, residential care homes, home health agencies, physician practices and individual practitioners. Vincenzo provides representation to clients in connection with compliance and reimbursement issues including all Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, Stark, Anti-kickback and audit issues and investigations. He assists clients in establishing or structuring facilities, transactions, operations, and contracts in order to comply with the numerous regulatory hurdles faced by health care providers. He also represents clients in compliance and reimbursement audits and investigations conducted by state and federal agencies including the OIG, DOJ, HRSA, DSS, CT Attorney General’s Office, MassHealth, fiscal intermediaries, and government contracted auditors.

Sree Chaguturu

Sree Chaguturu, MD

Vice President of Population Health Management
Parterners HealthCare

T2C: Using Data Analytics to Drive Population Health

 

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Sree Chaguturu, MD is Vice President of Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare.  Dr. Chaguturu is part of the leadership team focused on insuring that Partners meets its aspirations of improving quality and reducing costs for the populations they serve.  He provides oversight to the system’s population health management programs as well as for Partners’ self-insured health plan, which provides health benefits for more than 90,000 beneficiaries.

Prior to joining Partners, Dr. Chaguturu was a health care consultant at McKinsey and Company and Vice President of the McKinsey Hospital Institute.  He is a practicing internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Chaguturu received his internal medicine and primary care training at Massachusetts General Hospital and received his undergraduate and medical degree from Brown University.


Keith B. Churchwell, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP

Sr Vice President of Operations and Executive Director of the Heart and Vascular Center and Transplantation Center
Yale New Haven Hospital

T1: Capstone Address: Cost & Quality Together Forever

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Keith B. Churchwell, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP is Senior Vice President of Operations and Executive Director of the Heart and Vascular Center and Transplantation Center for Yale New Haven Hospital and Clinical Service Coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee obtaining an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He spent his formative training years including his cardiology fellowship and a chief residency in medicine at Emory University Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals, then spending 12 years in private cardiology practice before joining Vanderbilt Medical School as full-time academic faculty in 2006 (he became a member of the clinical faculty at Vanderbilt in 1999). Dr. Churchwell previously served as the Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute for 5 years and held various administrative and clinical positions during his 15 year association with Vanderbilt. His academic appointments have included Director of Cardiac Imaging at the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt Medical School. He has been active in the American Heart Association for a number of years and served as President for the Southeastern Affiliate of AHA in 2013-2014. For AHA he now resides on multiple committees on the local and national level. He has been married for 26 years to Dr. Leslie Douglas-Churchwell and they have a daughter, Lauren, who is presently a junior at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

Lee Ann Dangelo

Lee Ann Dangelo, MBA, CMPE

Senior Consultant
VantagePoint HealthCare Advisors

W4C: MACRA – Taking Charge of Challenges

 

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Lee Ann Dangelo, MBA, CMPE is a Senior Consultant with VantagePoint and has focused her over 25 years of experience in the management of physician practices and operations. Ms. Dangelo acquired her Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare process management and has worked on several quality improvement projects. She has worked at both the Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital in emergency services, ophthalmology and anesthesia, where she was responsible for managing workflow and the scheduling of clinicians and staff to maximize clinic utilization, data capture, and revenue cycle. As a private practice administrator, Ms. Dangelo was responsible for revenue cycle management, staffing, training, and financial reporting. Ms. Dangelo has experience in several practice management and electronic health record systems. She has been called upon by practices and vendors to provide system build services and training to staff and providers for various applications. Ms. Dangelo relies on her strong communication and project management skills to assist healthcare organizations in meeting their goals. She has implemented various performance review and productivity improvement programs to meet the needs of clients. Ms. Dangelo has served a variety of healthcare organizations in interim management roles as well as specific project management and change management needs.

Karen DaSilva

Karen DaSilva

Clinical Director
Atrius Health

W5C: Innovative Technologies to Improve Your Bottom Line

 

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Dr. Karen DaSilva is the Vice President of Innovation leading the new Atrius Health Innovation Center which opened in April 2015. The center is committed to the design of novel care delivery enabled by technology in support of the Atrius Health vision of “transforming care to improve lives”. Recent projects include the design and implementation of our new Care in Place program delivering urgent care to our frail elderly in their homes as well as launch of multiple telehealth initiatives. Prior to that, she was Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Internal Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, the largest practice within Atrius Health. In that role, she was responsible for oversight of all aspects of primary care model work at Harvard Vanguard, including coordinating Pioneer ACO work, leading work on the adult Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), overseeing disease management programs, and integrating the primary care practice with home care models. Overall she has spent over 20 years in the development of new care models. Dr. DaSilva joined Harvard Vanguard’s Chelmsford practice in 1994 as a staff physician in both internal medicine and hematology and continues her clinical practice there. Dr. DaSilva received her medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed her internship, residency, and fellowship at Albany Medical Center Hospital. She is board certified in internal medicine currently and had been board certified in hematology for 20 years until 2014.

Joan Feldman

Joan W. Feldman

Partner
Shipman & Goodwin LLP

W3B: Legal & Regulatory (CMS, HRSA & Other Compliance Issues)

 

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Joan W. Feldman is Chair of the Health Law Practice Group. She has devoted her entire legal career to representing healthcare providers in connection with healthcare, business, regulatory and administrative law matters. Joan is general and special counsel to acute, general, specialty, academic medical center and chronic disease hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice providers, behavioral health and substance use providers, durable medical equipment providers, clinical laboratories, organ procurement organizations, and physician certification boards. She regularly advises her clients on corporate governance, best practices, corporate and business issues and combinations, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, physician/hospital strategic alliances; state and federal regulatory issues, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud, abuse, and Stark and Anti-kickback issues; corporate compliance, governmental audits and investigations (e.g., state and federal recovery audit contractors, Medicare and Medicaid audits); privacy and HIPAA issues, state and federal investigations relating to privacy breaches; information technology and software licensing; medical staff governance and credentialing matters; medical ethics and end-of-life issues; quality of care regulatory matters, developing quality improvement and assessment programs; clinical research matters, including regulatory compliance and medical ethics; certificate of need applications, and state and federal licensure matters.

Carol A. Friesen

Carol A. Friesen, FHFMA, CHFP, MPH

National Chair-Elect
HFMA

T3: Views from National HFMA

 

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Ms. Friesen is the National Chair-Elect of HFMA during the 2016-17 term, beginning June 1, 2016. Carol A. Friesen, FHFMA, CHFP, MPH, is vice president of health system services, Bryan Health, Lincoln, Neb. A member of HFMA since 1999, Ms. Friesen’s involvement with the Association at the national level has included serving on the Board of Directors, the National Advisory Council, the Early Careerist Task Force, and as a Region 8 regional executive. Ms. Friesen has also served the Nebraska Chapter as director, treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. She has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards, as well as the HFMA Medal of Honor. Ms. Friesen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a Master of Public Health degree in healthcare administration.

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta

Vice President Product Strategy
Med-Metrix

T2A: Quantifying Revenue Cycle & Clinical Opportunities Through Meaningful Analysis

 

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Gaurav Gupta leads the Product Strategy and Performance Management initiatives at Med-Metrix and is responsible for ensuring that the design and business capabilities of Med-Metrix’s products meet and exceed expectations. Prior to Med-Metrix, Gaurav held a number of increasingly senior roles at MedAssets culminating with his position as Director of Professional Services where he helped grow the consultative offering of the Revenue Cycle Services division. While at MedAssets, Gaurav designed and managed consultative projects as well as a unique Patient Access workflow software product that yielded millions of dollars in financial improvements for clients. He also served as a leader in developing various practice methodologies including Patient Access Financial Securitization, Opportunity Assessment, and Accounts Receivable Valuation. Prior to MedAssets, Gaurav worked at Stockamp & Associates. Gaurav earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Pre-Medicine from Northwestern University.

James Heffernan

James L. Heffernan, FHFMA, MBA

Senior Vice President Finance and Treasurer
Massachusetts General Physicians Organization

W4C: MACRA – Taking Charge of Challenges

 

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James L. Heffernan, FHFMA, MBA, is Sr. VP Finance and Treasurer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO). He is responsible for all the finance functions for MGPO, including revenue cycle, physician payment & analysis, budgeting & financial forecasting, business intelligence, compliance and business transformation. He plays a significant role in the strategic planning of the MGPO and MGH including recent population health management initiatives. He is the executive sponsor of several Partners HealthCare wide finance, information system and benefit initiatives. The MGPO has nearly 3,000 participating physicians and more than 4,000 employees and operating revenue in excess of $1 billion. He has over 36 years of C-suite experience in hospitals, managed care and physician organizations. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the corporate member and general hospital of the MGPO, is one of the principal teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School.

David Howes

David Howes, MD

President and CEO
Martin’s Point Health Care

T4: Closing CFO Panel Discussion: The Age of Health Care Innovation in the New Political Environment

 

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Dr. David Howes began his medical career as a family physician serving the small, rural fishing community of Stonington, Maine. This experience taught him the importance of engaging patients in their own healthcare, helping to improve health outcomes and better manage the cost of care. He brought this philosophy to Martin’s Point Health Care in 1989 as a primary care physician and now serves as the President and CEO, a position he has held since 1996. Deeply committed to the Martin’s Point mission, David has dedicated his career to creating a healthier community.

David is involved with numerous health care and business organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Community Health Plans and the US Family Health Plan Alliance Board of Directors, and chairs the HealthInfoNet Board of Directors. He is also a current member of the American College of Physician Executives and the American Academy of Family Practice.

David earned his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, and served residencies at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington, and the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Maine. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine.


Myranne Janoff

Myranne Janoff, MBA

Managing Partner
ZurickDavis

W3C:  Recruitment, Retention and Leadership Planning

 

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Myranne Janoff leads ZDmd, and as a partner in ZurickDavis, she has a broad range of responsibilities, including the leadership of major searches, business strategy, new business development and the oversight of operational improvements and efficiencies. Before joining ZurickDavis in 2000 Myranne was the Associate Administrator of the Brigham Surgical Group in Boston. With more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare executive and entrepreneur, she has also led a clinical laboratory, an entrepreneurial health care clinic, and an e-health care business venture. She co-founded a company that develops innovative therapies for disease management and has been a consultant to several start-up health care companies. Myranne holds her undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She began her career as a Medical Technologist. Among the professional and community organizations, Myranne has participated in are the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Michael Mercurio

Dan McCafferty

Vice President, Global Sales & Corporate Development
AMD Telemedicin

W5C: Innovative Technologies to Improve Your Bottom Line

 

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Dan McCafferty joined AMD in early 2008 and is responsible for AMD’s Corporate Development as well as Global Sales efforts. He brings a diverse and extensive background to the leadership of AMD. The common theme throughout Dan’s career has been one of driving growth for technology based, telecommunications related companies with high-value product propositions. Dan’s vision, creativity, and leadership inspired the development of the industry leading, browser-based clinical telemedicine platform with true, real-time communications and medical device aggregation; AGNES Interactive®. Additionally, he has conceptualized and has the lead the rollout of the first product to combine Lean, Six Sigma methodologies, patient/doctor workflows and clinical telemedicine; ExamFlow. Dan currently manages AMD’s worldwide sales efforts which include a direct sales force and a global network of over forty resale partners. Since joining AMD the company’s footprint has expanded into ninety-eight countries including several nationwide deployments. Under Dan’s guidance, AMD has seen increased penetration into the traditional clinical telemedicine markets as well as significant entry points into the emerging retail pharmacy, concierge, medical tourism, EMS, and skilled nursing markets.

Michael Mercurio

Michael Mercurio

Executive Director
Massachusetts General Physicians Organization

PC-1: New Horizons – Applications for Machine Learning to Healthcare Clinical and Administrative Systems

 

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Michael Mercurio is the Executive Director of the Partners Professional Billing Office (PBO). The PBO is one of the country’s largest professional billing organizations, providing centralized billing services to more than 4,500 providers and collecting more than $900m in annual revenue. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Michael has spent his entire career in healthcare, holding various practice management, operational, and consulting positions. He is the Co-Chair of his class’ Annual Giving Campaign, a member of his local Zoning Board of Appeals, the Treasurer of the East Bay Condominium Association, a former Treasurer of Amherst’s Boston Alumni Association, and also is active in various committees for his church.

Dave Meyer

David Meyer

Vice President, Risk Adjustments
SCAN Health Plan

W5A:  A Provider Focused Look at CMS Risk Adjustments: Operations, Risks, and Opportunities!

 

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Dave Meyer is a strong leader with 14+ years of experience in Revenue and Clinical Outcomes Program Development and Management in various healthcare environments (Plans, MG/IPA, Academic, and Consulting). Proven record of success in optimizing Operations, PE / Investor Meetings, Maintaining Compliance, Recovering / Maximizing Revenue, Enhancing Clinical Quality and Developing Software and Custom Analytics. Specialties: RA / HCC, Pay for Performance (P4P), CMS Stars Program, NCQA HEDIS, Off-shore Software Product Development, HOS, CAS, NCQA Accreditation, Physician Profiling, Encounter Programs, Contract and Claims Analytics.

Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

Vice President of Talent Acquisition
Hartford HealthCare

W3C: Recruitment, Retention and Leadership Planning

 

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Mary Morgan currently serves as Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Hartford HealthCare. With more than 18,000 employees, Hartford HealthCare offers a full continuum of care with five acute care hospitals, behavioral health and rehabilitation services, a large physician group and clinical integration organization, skilled nursing and home health services and a comprehensive range of services for seniors. In her current role, Mary is responsible for providing system-wide leadership for the recruitment team, including setting the vision and strategy, and developing talent acquisition programs and initiatives to identify and recruit the most talented and qualified candidates. She earned a master’s of business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University.

Emily Anne Nolte

Emily Anne Nolte

Manager
PwC Health Industries Advisory

W4A: Protect Your Revenue – Learn How Building a Financial Clearance Unit Can Help

 

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Emily Anne has significant experience in hospital revenue cycle, patient access, price transparency, underpayment analysis, and medical staff offices.  She is an HFMA Certified Healthcare Financial Professional. Her work in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations focused on all entry points to the revenue cycle process from patient access to denial management.  In addition, Emily Anne has negotiated on behalf of hospitals with insurance companies regarding large dollar contract compliance issues and assisted in drafting new contracts. Emily Anne earned a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and an MBA with a specialty in Finance and Operations from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She has numerous published articles on patient access and pricing transparency.

Mary I. O’Connor, MD

Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care
Yale-New Haven Hospital

T1: Capstone Address: Cost & Quality Together Forever

 

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In May of 2015, Dr. O’Connor became the inaugural Director of The Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale-New Haven, leading the creation of a new value and patient focused model of care delivery in an academic medical setting. Similar to the Yale Cancer Center, the Center for Musculoskeletal Care will coordinate interdepartmental clinical and research programs at the medical school and hospital. As a clinical and research center, it brings together specialists in orthopaedics, neurosurgery, neurology, rheumatology, rehabilitation, biomedical engineering, and other specialties to provide a wide range of services, including joint replacement, pain management, and advanced treatment for arthritis, spine disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, and other conditions. She also continues her work as Chair of the Diversity Advisory Board of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, focusing on increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the profession and educating providers on culturally related issues.

Dr. O’Connor has received numerous awards and honors during her training and career, including being named a Distinguished Clinician at Mayo Clinic and receiving The Corinne Farrell Award from the International Skeletal Society in 2009. She was named a 2011 Health Care Hero by the Jacksonville Business Journal and 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Jacksonville Girl Scouts. She received the Congressional Gold Medal as a 1980 Olympian and is noted for her encouragement of women in career advancement.


Linda OlbrysLinda Olbrys

Vice President Business Development
Lee Hecht Harrison

W3C: Recruitment, Retention and Leadership Planning

 

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Linda is Vice President of Business Development at Lee Hecht Harrison. LHH is the global talent mobility leader that connects people to jobs through innovative career transition services and helps individual improve performance through career and leadership development. LHH assists organizations in supporting restructuring efforts, developing leaders at all levels, engaging and retaining critical talent and maintaining productivity through change – helping organizations maximize their return on investment in developing people while assisting individuals to achieve their full potential.

Prior to joining LHH, Linda was the VP of Human Resources and Public Relations for AAA in the Greater Hartford, Cincinnati and Kansas regions where her responsibilities included enterprise-wide initiatives from policy development, performance management and compensation strategies to media relations and internal/external communications.

Linda is a founding member of Women Executive in Healthcare; a member of the Southern New England Chapter of the Human Resources Leadership Forum; a member of the Human Resources Association of Central CT and the Human Resources Leadership Association, the local chapters of SHRM; past president of the University of New Haven’s Alumni Association; and a member of the Hartford Chorale.

She has her MBA from the University of New Haven and her Bachelor of Music degree from Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.

 


Sumit Pal

Sumit K. Pal, CGEIT, CISA, MBA

Principal
WithumSmith + Brown, PC

T2B: Data Analytics to Improve ACO Performance

 

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Sumit K. Pal is an IT principal located in WithumSmith + Brown’s Princeton office, and is Co-Practice Leader of the Firm’s Risk Advisory Group. He is certified in the governance of enterprise of IT (CGEIT), and Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC),  and is a certified information systems auditor (CISA). Sumit has more than 27 years of professional experience in business consulting and systems integration.

Sumit is responsible for the firm’s IT audit and data analytics services. He is also the team leader for the Intellectual Property and Royalty Audits niche. Sumit’s areas of expertise include Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 projects, IT audits, IT internal control assessments, operational reviews, Service Organization Controls (SOC), internal auditing, business process analysis, business process documentation and re-engineering.

He is a graduate of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (India), where he received his master’s degree in management studies (MMS). Sumit is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)


Richard Parker

Richard A. Parker, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Arcadia Healthcare Solutions

T2C: Using Data Analytics to Drive Population Health

 

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Dr. Parker serves as Chief Medical Officer for Arcadia Health Solutions with overall responsibility for the design and implementation of clinical strategies; input into the roadmap and development of Arcadia’s technology and service programs; thought leadership in support of providers transitioning to value-based care; and strategic advisory work for physician leaders at Arcadia’s clients.

Previously, Dr. Parker was an internist with a 30-year history at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. From 2001 until 2015, Dr. Parker served as the Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for the 2200 doctor Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization. He oversaw the physician network evolution from a fee for service payment system to a nationally recognized global payment Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Parker’s other areas of expertise include end of life care, medical malpractice, care of the mentally ill, electronic medical records and population health management. Dr. Parker served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Parker graduated from Harvard College in 1978 and the Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine in 1985.

Dr. Parker is an in-demand speaker to associations, companies, and academic institutions on the topics of population health management, electronic health records, value-based care, and evolutionary, medical and business impacts of stress.


Ana Poucochinho

Ana Poucochinho, CRCR, MHA, BSN, RN

Director of Financial Clearance Programs
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)

W4A: Protect Your Revenue – Learn How Building a Financial Clearance Unit Can Help

 

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Ana has been a nurse for 16 years. She has been involved with managed care contracting & negotiating, healthcare marketing, post-acute care admissions and most recently works for BIDMC as their Director of Financial Clearance in Boston. She has been involved in revenue cycle operations for the last 11 years, ensuring authorization and reimbursement for services rendered. Ana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Curry College in Milton, MA and her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Ana also obtained HFMAs CRCR certification in 2012 and has been an HFMA member for 6 years.

John Rodis

John F. Rodis, MD, MBA

President
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

T4: Closing CEO Panel Discussion: The Age of Health Care Innovation in the New Political Environment

 

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John F. Rodis, M.D., M.B.A., is the eighth leader of Saint Francis, and the first physician to serve as President since its founding in 1897. He succeeds Christopher M. Dadlez, FACHE, who had served as president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Care for the past 11 years.

Dr. Rodis previously served as Saint Francis’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to his recent administrative duties, Dr. Rodis served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Women and Infants Health Services, a position he assumed in 2011.

Dr. Rodis came to Saint Francis from the Stamford Health System, where he served as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, as well as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Previously he was associated with UConn Health, where he was the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director, a member of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Director of Perinatal Genetics. He also holds the rank of Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UConn School of Medicine and the Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

Dr. Rodis received his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico. He served as an intern and resident in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Patterson, NJ. He has also previously served as a fellow in maternal-fetal medicine at UConn Health/Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and a fellow in clinical genetics at UConn Health.

Dr. Rodis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and a member of the American College of Physician Executives.


Eric Rogers

Eric Rogers

Managing Consultant
BKD, LLP

W5B: Role of Value in Provider-Patient-Payer Relationships

 

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Managing Consultant, Eric Rogers, is a member of BKD’s National Health Care Group. He leads a team of professionals dedicated to helping clients understand and implement new revenue models, including bundled payments and accountable care organizations. Eric assists health care organizations with emerging reimbursement models, including enhancing physician relationships, understanding post-acute implications and reviewing existing operations for potential changes for success under a new payment model. His hands-on hospital operations experience can help clients with organizational effectiveness, including staffing and productivity analysis.

Jared Silver

Jared Silver

Senior Manager, Department of Professional Practice
KPMG

PC-2: Accounting and Tax Update

 

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Jared Silver is a senior manager on rotation in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice (DPP). DPP provides technical support to domestic and international operating offices and their clients in addressing and resolving complex accounting, auditing, reporting and SEC related issues. DPP is also responsible for developing firm positions on accounting and audit related matters and is the principle vehicle for enhancing the professional development of KPMG partners and employees. Prior to his rotation, Jared spent 12 years serving various clients in KPMG Chicago’s Audit practice and 2 years in DPP.

Jared has provided professional audit services to several large multinational corporations in accordance with PCAOB requirements, U.S. GAAP, and IFRS. His audit experience includes servicing clients from not-for-profit healthcare companies, real estate trusts, financial service companies, and pension plan audits. He has a thorough understanding of SEC rules and regulations and has been involved in numerous debt and equity offerings. Jared also assists on the AICPA Healthcare Revenue Recognition task force.


Maureen Solero

Maureen C. Solero

Sr. Vice President & Talent Development Solutions
Lee Hecht Harrison

W3C: Recruitment, Retention and Leadership Planning

 

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Maureen is SVP and Talent Development Solutions Director with Lee Hecht Harrison, where she provides strategic leadership and talent development to C-Suite and Executive clients. Previously Maureen held CHRO and leadership positions at Novartis AG and Deutsche Bank, and has lived and worked in North America, Asia and the EU. Maureen holds an MA in Organizational Development from NYU and a BS from City University of NY and is currently the vice President of the CCLA, and is the Executive Director with The Executive Networks. She is a published author and photographer and lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Steven Strongwater, MD

President and CEO
Atrius Health

T4: Closing CEO Panel Discussion: The Age of Health Care Innovation in the New Political Environment

 

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As President and CEO of Atrius Health, Dr. Steven Strongwater, MD, leads 6,800 employees serving 675,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts with coordinated medical care, home health, and hospice.

Previously, Dr. Strongwater served as Geisinger Health System’s Chief Transformation Officer, providing leadership for transformation by implementing new models of care and developing strategies and tactics to improve quality, patient experience, value, and care. Within two years more than 90 million dollars of improvement were identified and novel predictive models introduced.

Dr. Strongwater is a frequent speaker on population health, value-based care and returning joy to the practice of medicine. He also serves on several regional and national boards including the Mass Digital Health Council, IBM Watson Advisory Board, and Janssen Healthcare Innovators Council, among others.


David Taylor

David Taylor, CPA

Director
BKD, LLP

W5B: Role of Value in Provider-Patient-Payer Relationships

 

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A member of BKD National Health Care Group, David provides audit and consulting services to health care providers, primarily hospitals. His fourteen years of experience include managing audits, preparing Medicare and Medicaid cost reports, and analyzing reimbursement strategies and opportunities for hospitals. David also leads the team responsible for prospective financial statement presentations.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs and Healthcare Financial Management Association. David serves as the President for Mighty Mites, a youth football league based in Springfield, Missouri. He is a 2002 graduate of Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, with a B.A. degree in accounting, economics, computer information systems and business administration.


Cristine Vogel

Cristine Vogel, MPH

Senior Consultant
VantagePoint HealthCare Advisors

W4C: MACRA – Taking Charge of Challenges

 

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Cristine Vogel is a senior consultant at VantagePoint Healthcare Advisors where she assists clients with strategic planning and marketing initiatives in response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), state and federal regulatory compliance solutions and with the Certificate of Need (CON) process.

Cristine brings over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and a comprehensive knowledge of health care reform and health system planning. She is a proven thought leader and business strategist with expertise in matters related to the impact of the ACA on consumers, providers and health plans. During her healthcare career, she has worked in the hospital, insurance, state government and consulting sectors.

Cristine served as the Commissioner of the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) for seven years and as the Governor’s Special Advisor for Health Care Reform.  As Commissioner of OHCA she ruled on over 300 Certificate of Need decisions, chaired several cabinet-level committees, conducted and published numerous research articles on issues such as inpatient hospital utilization, preventable hospitalizations, and hospital financial challenges. In addition, she developed and testified on behalf of proposed legislation that impacted patient access, provider viability and overall health system quality. As the Governor’s Special Advisor for Health Care Reform, she was appointed as the lead person to implement the federal health care reform strategy and attended meetings organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to initiate the designing of the Health Insurance Exchange for Connecticut. 


Dan Ward

Dan Ward

Vice President of Strategies
ZirMed

W3A: Putting the Integrity in Revenue Integrity – Evolving Views on Under- and Over-Payments

 

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Dan Ward is Vice President of Strategy at ZirMed. Dan began his healthcare career in the policy arena, working in Washington, D.C. researching policy and regulation at the state level. He then transitioned to the provider side, conducting analysis on hospital operations and cost containment before transitioning to the revenue cycle, where Dan focused upon coding, charge capture, compliance, pricing and CDM management – serving in roles ranging from revenue cycle leadership at leading hospitals to consulting within distressed health systems. He brought the totality of these experiences to ZirMed specifically to assist in the early development and deployment of their hospital revenue cycle management software solutions. Dan’s interests in healthcare include the intersection of revenue cycle and what is broadly termed population health management as well as the future of cutting edge analytics and personalized medicine. A graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, Dan also holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, CT.