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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a set of wide-ranging regulations and waivers to help providers manage the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions are directly aimed at:

  • Increasing hospital and practitioner capacities
  • Making telehealth and virtual care more widely available
  • Offering relief to ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings program.

Join Caravan Health’s CEO & President Tim Gronniger along with Tim Putnam CEO of Margaret Mary Health and Nicole Banister Caravan’s VP of Practice Transformation to discuss CMS’ changes in-depth and learn strategies hospital leaders can take to manage the public health crisis both long and short term through accountable care and virtual care services.  



Tim Gronniger  
Chief Executive Officer
Caravan Health

Tim joined Caravan Health in 2017 as the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Development, becoming the company President in 2018. In those roles he oversaw the company’s delivery and operations as well as marketing and its strategic growth plan.

He is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Delivery System Reform at CMS where he led the agency’s work on drug spending issues, significant elements of the agency’s implementation of the new physician payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, creation of new payment models, and other topics.

He was previously a senior adviser for health care policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he was responsible for coordinating administration activities in health care delivery system reform.


Tim Putnam
Chief Executive Officer
Margaret Mary Health

Tim Putnam is President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, Indiana and has over 30 years of healthcare experience. He received his Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina where his dissertation was focused on acute stroke care in rural hospitals.

Nicole Banister
VP of Practice Transformation
Caravan Health

Nicole Banister brings nearly twenty years of leadership in health care operations with positions in hospital systems, physician practices, and quality improvement consulting. 

As the Vice President of Practice Transformation at Caravan, she leads the delivery team in their work with clients on Caravan Health core initiatives like annual wellness visits and chronic care management. She ensures our approach incorporates adult learning theory and change management. Nicole is thrilled to be supporting our clients’ efforts to improve health care in the U.S.
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