On this inaugural episode of Health Care by the Numbers, our host Todd Searls sits down with Caravan Health Founder and Executive Chair Lynn Barr. Lynn has led the development and implementation of nationwide programs that result in better patient care and help health care providers achieve sustainable financial success. Lynn was one of Modern Healthcare’s top 25 innovators for 2020, as well as one of UC Berkeley’s top 16 women recognized for helping to change and improve health care in the U.S.
Under Lynn’s leadership, Caravan Health has helped hundreds of community health systems make the transition from traditional fee-for-service to value-based accountable care models. Caravan Health uses a proven methodology to help providers transform care delivery and meet financial and care quality goals. Caravan Health supports more than 25,000 primary care providers and approximately 250 community hospitals with affordable, resourceful solutions and innovative technology that deliver demonstrative results.
Prior to forming Caravan Health, Lynn shepherded four start-up companies and 12 medical inventions before dedicating the remainder of her career to health care reform. Some highlights of her career prior to Caravan Health include directing the California Health IT and Exchange Strategic Planning Team under California Health and Human Services, forming the Rural Health Information Technology Consortium, and assessing the health IT status of California Rural and Critical Access Hospitals. In her early work in accountable care, she also formed the National Rural ACO and led the first rural health payment reform movement in the country designed to transition rural providers to value-based payments. Lynn has also taken the initiative in her hometown community to help support underserved families and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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