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This week our host Louise Yinug and co-hosts Lynn Barr, Founder and Executive Chair and Dr. Ashok Roy, Chief Medical Officer at Caravan Health are joined by Quint Studer, a true health care visionary and friend of Caravan. Their discussion focuses on the challenges facing small independent health systems, how to implement better support systems for physicians, and the benefits of accountable care for community health systems.  

meet your host

Louise Yinug
Senior Policy Analyst 

Louise came to Caravan Health in 2018 with extensive public policy and government experience in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. At Caravan, Louise leads the development of written content for our external audiences, specializing in policy issues. Before joining Caravan, she worked on Capitol Hill where she managed a research team at the Congressional Research Service. Prior to her time at CRS, Ms. Yinug was a senior health policy and legislative analyst with the White House Office of Management and Budget and then later at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management working on a variety of health programs, including Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, and the employer requirements of the Affordable Care Act. 

meet your Co-hosts

Lynn Barr
Founder and Executive Chair  

Lynn Barr is recognized as an influential leader in the movement to transform our nation’s health care systems and is driven to improve health care outcomes. 

As Founder and Executive Chairwoman of Caravan Health, Lynn leads the development and implementation of nationwide programs that result in better patient care and help health care providers achieve sustainable financial success. She established Caravan Health so providers interested in population health programs would have affordable and accessible resources and proven methodologies. Under Lynn’s direction, Caravan has paved the way for providers to successful use payment models such as Practice Transformation Networks, Medicare, and Commercial Accountable Care Organizations, MACRA and Comprehensive Primary Care to improve the quality of care they deliver. Caravan Health is widely recognized as the nation’s leader in accountable care and supports more than 25,000 primary care providers and approximately 250 community hospitals in value-based payment models using award-winning technology and industry-leading workflows.  

As a pioneer in implementing value-based payment models in Medicare with more than 30 years of health care experience, Lynn is a highly regarded national speaker and frequent collaborator with government and leading organizations striving to improve our health care delivery systems. Caravan Health is recognized for its advocation for clients and value-based methodologies to Congress. In June 2021, Lynn was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). 

Lynn understands the challenges facing rural providers and played an integral role in the development of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Investment Model (AIM), a successful CMS model designed to support small rural ACOs participating in value-based arrangement for the first time. 

Ashok Roy, MD
Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Ashok Roy is a practicing board-certified internal medicine physician who joined Caravan Health as the Chief Medical Officer in August 2020. Dr. Roy provides overarching clinical leadership and shapes the clinical vision for Caravan’s participating physicians and ACOs. With a passion for equal and equitable health care delivery, he oversees the development and implementation of innovative and effective clinical strategies and programs.
Dr. Roy has more than 20 years of experience in population health, working as a consultant, administrator, and provider for health care systems, payers, outpatient clinics and governmental and military organizations.   He embraces the utilization of data to create patient-specific clinical experiences that improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, while decreasing unnecessary utilization and minimizing health care costs.
Prior to joining Caravan Health, Dr. Roy was the Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Solutions & Analytics at Lumeris. He analyzed potential value-based opportunities among health care systems and designed clinical programs to address those opportunities. He helped operations teams implement the programs by adapting to the resources and culture of participating clinics, and made sure that timely, accurate and actionable dashboards were created to measure progress.

Dr. Roy received his medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City.  He also received a Master of Public Health from Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Business Administration from Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
Since joining Caravan Health, Dr. Roy has led provider-focused workshops and presented at a number of conferences including, ‘Building High-Performing Primary Care Through Team-based Care’, at the NRHA collaborative webinar and ‘Leveraging Value-based Care Data Analytics to Improve Patient Outcomes’at the MGMA Leaders Conference.

meet your GUEST

Quint Studer
Health Care Visionary and Author 

Quint Studer is a lifelong student of leadership. He is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and a mentor to many. He has worked with individuals at all levels of leadership and across a variety of industries to help them become better leaders and create high performing organizations. Along the way he has discovered and refined many high-impact leadership behaviors and tactics that he is eager to share. Some of the most powerful are found in this book.
He knows leadership is not easy and wants to simplify it for others. He has a gift for translating complex business strategies into simple, doable leader behaviors that allow organizations to achieve long-term success and profitability.
Quint is a teacher at heart. In fact, he began his leadership journey working with special needs children—a job he loved and held for 10 years. He entered the healthcare industry in 1984 as a Community Relations Representative. He then went on to hold leadership positions at Mercy Health System in Wisconsin and Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where their initiatives in patient care led to their winning Hospitals Magazine’s Great Comeback award. In 1996, he became president of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, leading that organization to the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in patient and employee satisfaction.
In 2000, after numerous requests by organizations for assistance, Studer Group was formed. Over the years the outcomes firm won multiple awards, including the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. By the time the firm was sold in 2015, it had 250 employees and had helped more than a thousand healthcare organizations move toward higher performance. Through his work at Studer Group, he served as a role model for hundreds of CEOs and other administrative leaders around the country. During this time, he was honored to receive several accolades for his leadership. Inc. magazine named Studer its Master of Business, making him the only healthcare leader to have ever won this award. Modern Healthcare has chosen him twice as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for his work on institutional healthcare improvement. Modern Healthcare, along with its sister publication Advertising Age, also honored him with the first Healthcare Marketing Visionary IMPACT award in 2014. Around the same time Becker’s Hospital Review recognized him as one of the 40 smartest people in healthcare.
Quint made a lasting contribution to healthcare by connecting patient care to the concept of customer service. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Vice President of Patent Experience Cyndi Tierney was quoted as saying that Quint put patient experience “on the map.” In his travels throughout the United States, Quint witnessed significant differences in the vitality of the communities he visited. Some were doing well, and others not as well. His observations on what made the difference—along with research he read on why communities thrive—inspired him to help make his home community Pensacola a haven for small businesses.

Most recently, Pensacola won the 2019 Strongest Town Contest hosted by nonprofit organization Strong Towns. The competition is designed to spotlight communities from around the world that are building enduring financial resilience at the local level and actively embodying the Strong Towns approach to economic growth and development. A core part of Quint’s strategy centers on leadership skills training for entrepreneurs and small business leaders. SCI holds training and development workshops and small business roundtables every month. It also hosts EntreCon, a conference held in Pensacola each November just for entrepreneurs.

Recent Resources

CMS Actions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just issued a lengthy set of policy changes to address the growing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). These changes will help hospitals and health providers to respond to the crisis more quickly and safely, including many more options for telehealth in Medicare.

ACO, Policy, Webinars & Events, Quality, Value-Based Care, COVID-19

Stop Standing Still: How to Get Started in a High-Performing Caravan Health ACO

Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

ACO, Webinars & Events

10 Reasons ACOs Can Fail

Just published in Becker’s Hospital Review – Caravan Health Senior Vice President Tim Gronniger discusses ten reasons Accountable Care Organizations can fail.

ACO, Blogs & News, Value-Based Care


NEWS: Signify Health Completes Acquisition of Caravan Health

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