Speakers 2017-12-05T18:49:41+00:00

Featured Symposium Speakers

Lynn Barr

Lynn Barr, MPH

CEO, Caravan Health
Chief Transformation Officer, National Rural Accountable Care Consortium

Lynn Barr is a recognized leader in the movement to transform and improve our nation’s healthcare systems. While working at a rural hospital as Chief Information Officer, Lynn organized the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium to overcome barriers for rural health providers so they could participate in innovative payment models under healthcare reform. In 2014 Caravan Health was formed to provide turn-key services to providers interested in population health programs in Practice Transformation Networks, Medicare and Commercial Accountable Care Organizations, MACRA, Comprehensive Primary Care, and other payment models.

As Chief Executive Officer of Caravan Health, Ms. Barr has lead the development and execution of nationwide programs that bring better care to patients and help health care providers achieve financial success. Caravan Health supports more than 13,000 primary care providers and 250 community hospitals making the transformation to value-based payments, with affordable, simple solutions that achieve outstanding results.

Ms. Barr is a popular speaker and a frequent collaborator with government and national organizations looking to improve our healthcare systems.

Karin Abrahim

Karin Abraham

Vice President of Information Technology (IT), Caravan Health

Karin earned her degree in Information Technology from Duquesne University in 2001. Karin has over 14 years of experience in data analytics with a more recent focus on healthcare IT. She was an Interface and Data Analyst at Tahoe Forest Hospital for the past 6 years where she excelled in data mining and interface development for more than 9 Health Information Systems. At the Tahoe Forest, she focused on data migration, business intelligence, HL7 interfaces, report writing and other high level integration development projects at the hospital.

Karin joined Caravan Health as the Director of Information Systems and Services in September, 2014. Her current focus is the integration of the Medicare claims data from CMS, building clinical interfaces, and optimizing the data warehouse to effectively manage patient populations. Karin is pleased to be a part of this organization to help facilitate providers in improving the quality of care, while reducing unnecessary costs with the use of data.

David Amin

Dave Amin, MD, MBA

Chief Health Officer, Palmetto Health Solutionsh

Dave Amin is a passionate and driven Healthcare Leader with experience in large, demanding organizations. His talent is introducing new, cutting edge concepts and procedures to critical operations. Executives value my ability to revamp procedures and transform complex processes and workflows into high quality, patient-centric solutions. He creates vision, drive critical efforts, and establish, build, and maintain positive and professional relationships at all decision levels across large organizations. This has resulted in outstanding results.

Prior to completing the Sloan Fellows MBA program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this past June, he was a Medical Director for about ten years in hospitals and programs in California and South Carolina. Initiall he graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a BSEE. I achieved the rank of Captain in the US Air Force, and then entered the US Air Force Reserve. While in the Reserves, he obtained my MD and then completed his residency training. I remain in the US Air Force Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Patrick Anderson, MD, FACP

Medical Director, Reid Health ACO

Patrick Anderson, MD, FACP is a board certified Internist who serves as a primary care provider while providing physician leadership and engagement across the Reid Network.

Employed at Reid Health for the last 8 years, he served in and defined the role of Chairman of the Reid Physician group for three years. He has transitioned into the Medical Director Role for Reid’s Accountable Care Organization in 2015.

His medical education was completed at University of Illinois.

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

Co-Founder and Partner, Chamber Hill Strategies

Jennifer Bell, founding partner of Chamber Hill Strategies, has a proven track record of success in Washington.  Given her extensive experience and her deep business knowledge, she has worked effectively with companies, coalitions and associations to create policy solutions and legislative opportunities, respond to investigations, and mitigate the effects of harmful legislation and regulations.

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working on and around Capitol Hill. Her public sector work included serving as majority policy advisor for the Senate Finance Committee for then-Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and working for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) under then-Chairman Jim Jeffords (I-VT). She also advised Sen. John Thune (R-SD), first as a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives and as his Senate campaign policy director.  Prior to founding Chamber Hill Strategies, Jennifer led numerous client strategies at two prominent law and lobbying firms and launched her own successful policy and advocacy consulting firm Jennifer Bell + Partners.

In addition to her focus on the health and tax-writing committees, Jennifer works regularly with political appointees and civil servants at the agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Departments of Labor, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs.  She also assists clients with matters before the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

A licensed speech-language pathologist, Jennifer received an M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.A. in French from Wheaton College.

Laura Bennett, MD

Population Health and Medical Director, Central Montana Medical Center

After graduating from Creighton University Medical School, Dr. Laura Bennett attended Spokane Family Medicine Residency.  She came to Lewistown, Montana 20 years ago as a private practice doctor in a rural setting.   She currently works at Central Montana Medical Center as the Population Health and Medical Director.   Dr. Bennett has been involved with teaching medical students through the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Recently, she was awarded Family Practice Physician of the Year by the State of Montana.

Eric Boyce

Clinic Program Manager, Avera Medical Group

Eric’s spent more than a decade at Avera Health, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He’s built a reputation for an ability to take the complex and transform it into simpler and operational forms. His background includes sales, customer relations, military service, biotech product line management, data mining and integration, healthcare administration and healthcare regulation analysis.

Since joining with Avera Health in 2007, he has held several positions and worn many hats, resulting in time tested and proven track records of success in programs such as Meaningful Use, PQRS, ePrescribing, MIPS and ACO Quality metrics. Results include an exemplary initial participation year for ACO quality metrics, routine success in the PQRS and Value Modifier programs, up to 99% successful attestation for Meaningful Use for 500+ providers, and a track record of 48-0 for both federal and state audits.

As a lead for ambulatory programs for Avera Health, Eric and his team continue to reformat feedback and data capture strategies to fit the needs of reporting for both government and commercial programs. Additionally they are instrumental in providing ad-hoc reporting requests as well as past, current, and future line-of-sight-to-care opportunities for patients visiting Avera clinics at the time of service.

Eric holds multiple degrees from Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls as well as several certificates of technical proficiency from the United States Air Force. He and his wife Alexis and daughter Erica reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Desiree Brewer, MPH, MPA

Director of ACO Programs,  Caravan Health

Desiree Brewer is the Director of ACO Programs and joined the Caravan Health team in 2014. In this role, she serves as a point of contact for her assigned ACO’s and is their escalation point person. Desiree is responsible for solving problems, removing barriers and providing ACO’s with direction on matters related to the program. She also oversees the Remediation Program and works hand in hand with those who need more assistance as they move through the ACO program process changes.

Desiree received her Masters’ degree in Public Administration in 2010 from Walden University and a Masters’ degree in Public Health in 2012, also from Walden University. She is pleased to be part of an organization that works with communities across the United States who are interested in focusing their delivery of care on processes that support wellness and value.

Thomas Burkert

Thomas Burkert, MD

Dr. Thomas Burkert is a graduate of The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Valley Care Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

He began his medical practice in General Internal Medicine in 1996. He has continued full time in his solo practice in Poland, Ohio for over 20 years. Dr. Burkert is on the teaching staff for the internal medicine residency program at his local affiliated hospital. He also remains involved in the teaching of medical students at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Tom and his wife live in Poland, Ohio with their two sons and their daughter, who are all pursuing their college educations. In his spare time, he enjoys sharing his love of baseball with various local youth teams.

Shannon Calhoun

Vice President of Business Development, Caravan Health

Shannon Calhoun is Vice President of  Business Development for Caravan Health. Shannon is responsible for engaging providers in practice transformation through Caravan’s Practice Transformation Network  and value based payment programs- ACOs and Clinically Integrated Networks.

During her 20 years in rural healthcare, Shannon has been responsible for developing business lines for rural networks that create sustainable solutions for both the network and the network’s rural healthcare members. These solutions included building or contracting for services that created an economy of scale and scope for rural hospitals. Her work includes development of a rural PPO network, provider/payor contracting and credentialing, fee strategy development, direct contracting with employers, and development of a strategy for CHIP and Medicaid. All of Shannon’s work is focused on programs that better position rural providers for healthcare reimbursement reform.

Rayna Caplan

Rayna Caplan, MPH

Director of Population Health Improvement, Caravan Health

Rayna Caplan has more than 20 years experience in public health program development, analysis and management. She received her Master’s of Science from Harvard School of Public Health in 2001 with a concentration in Social Determinants of Health. Most recently, she oversaw a $7 million grant portfolio for the California Health Information Exchange as a Senior Program Officer and has held management positions in a variety of consulting and public health agencies.

Sally Crossely RN, CNML

Clinical Manager, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc.

Sally is the Clinical Manager at ACHS, Inc., a nationally recognized Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient Centered Medical Home in northern N.H.. ACHS delivers innovative, integrated care to approximately 10,000 patients per year. Prior to joining ACHS, Sally held a variety of other nursing position to include: Charge Nurse, BLS Instructor, Hospice Case Manager, Home Health Case Manager, Assistant Director of Nursing & Quality Improvement Coordinator.

Fresh out of high school, Sally set out to accomplish her own ” Triple Aim” – traveling, camping, and worrying her parents. She did so by enlisting in the U.S. Army. Sally served four years in the U.S. Army as an Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence Analyst, with a specialty in Middle East and North African Communications. She then gained extensive customer service experience while working in the credit card industry.

Sally obtained her nursing degree from Delaware Technical Community College. She has completed IHI’s Quality Scholars Program and Saint Anselm College’s Nurse Leadership Program. Sally holds a certificate as a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader. She continues to enjoy traveling and camping.

Megan Cortez, COO

Care Coordinator, Fredericksburg Clinic

Megan has been with the Fredericksburg Clinic for 10 years. She was hired on after her college externship. She has overseen the clinics Meaningful Use program transitioning into the ACO director for the Clinic. She is the Care Coordinator and one of two Administrators for the Fredericksburg Clinic. She develops all of the ACO protocols for her clinic as well as monitoring reports and coaching staff and physicians alike to make sure everyone understands the importance of what the ACO means as well as ensuring the patients are provided with the highest care.

Kathryn Curtis

Vice President of Commercial Plan Development, Caravan Health

As Vice President of Commercial Plan Development for Caravan Health, Kathryn is responsible for the development and implementation of the commercial Payor strategy for client providers on a national level.

During her 20 years in managed care, Kathryn’s experience includes Contracting and Network Development work across both the public and private sectors, on both the payor and provider side, bringing a unique perspective to the organization. Much of the work Kathryn has done in her tenure has been within rural markets, where she developed a deeper understanding of the unique challenges that face rural providers. Kathryn has developed solid relationships with both providers and payors within these markets and is experienced at bringing the two together to form strategic

Lynnae Day, CMA

Office Manager, Dermatology of Eastern Idaho

Lynnae has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare. She began her career at a privately-owned care center and rapidly broadened her expertise through multiple roles. She not only aided the residents with their activities of daily living but also held a role as restorative aid, and assisted the director of nursing and social worker with customized care plans for each resident to ensure they were getting the highest quality care during their stay with the facility.

She continued in rural single specialty clinics for the next 23 years of her career. Lynnae started with Dermatology of Eastern Idaho in 2004 and has held a position in management since 2006.

As office manager at Dermatology of Eastern Idaho she wears several hats, but has found time to seek for the appropriate resources to educate herself on the requirements of the different CMS programs. She shares her knowledge to the clinic’s team through ongoing training and has participated successfully with the ever-changing CMS programs for over 5 years. Lynnae joined the NRACC on the clinic’s behalf in late March, of 2017.

Lynnae loves spending time with her family and loved ones. She also enjoys all aspects of the outdoors. Her goals are to assist Dermatology of Eastern Idaho in successfully adapting with the value-based program while retaining a reputable small specialty clinic, and to continue to be a part of providing high-quality healthcare for their patients and the surrounding communities.

Erin Fulton

President and Chief Operating Officer, Caravan Health

As President and COO of Caravan Health, Erin provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, people and systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.

Before joining Caravan Health, Erin served at CynergisTek as Vice President of Operations where she addressed process improvement as well as client satisfaction. She also directed CynergisTek’s managed service business unit and was responsible for daily operations of that team and innovation around new managed service offerings that addressed clients’ needs.

Erin Fulton is an outcome-driven leader with 15-plus years of management experience. Her experience includes creating and driving new healthcare services and products into hospital and physician markets while ensuring client satisfaction throughout complex IT and workflow optimization initiatives in the healthcare environment. She has deep experience guiding highly skilled cross-functional teams in the strategy, development, sales, implementation and support of leading- edge client solutions. As a highly effective communicator and problem solver, Erin forges solid relationships with senior executives and builds consensus across multiple organizational levels.

Aaron Garman, MD

Coal Country Community Health Centers Medical Director

Aaron Garman, MD, began his practice in 1999 in Beulah.  He then helped establish and became the medical director for  Coal Country Community Health Centers in 2003. He is from Williston, ND, and attended the University of North Dakota where he received his Doctorate of Medicine Degree.

Dr. Garman is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has his certificate of added qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Garman has served on multiple Technical Expert Panels for CMS and served on the NQF panel regarding quality care and low volume providers. He has received the North Dakota  Family Physician of  the year award in 2015. He is a member and serves as president-elect for the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians. He recently served on the American Academy of Family Medicine Commission for Quality and Practice and continues to serve on the National Rural Quality Advisory Council. Dr. Garman also serves as the rural physician representative to the North Dakota Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapist. He is also the medical director for the High Sierra Northern Plains ACO.

Dr. Garman is a full time practicing rural family physician and father of two wonderful girls.

Perry Gay, MBA

President and CEO, Logansport Memorial Hospital

Perry Gay is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Logansport Memorial Hospital (LMH), serving the organization since 2015. Perry is a visionary and incisive executive with a unique blend of fiscal, operational, and administrative expertise. Throughout his career Perry has worked in several facilities ranging in size from small Critical Access hospitals to major Cardiac Centers, where he has held the title of CFO, COO and CEO and is currently the Chairman of the Indiana-Oregon ACO. He is a native Floridian starting his undergraduate work in Finance at the University of Florida and finishing with a Master’s of Business Administration from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida.

Perry’s background of serving in executive leadership roles with various health systems yielded success in driving organizational, service-line, and capital growth. In his short time with LMH, he has added two new and significant service lines to the hospital – a new Wound Care Center and Cancer Care Center. He also leads Logansport Memorial’s commitment to exceptional quality, which led to naming LMH as one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in 2016 and 2017 by iVantage Analytics. Perry continually advocates at the state and national level for improvements in healthcare.

Heather Geary

Care Coordinator, Ohio County Hospital

I have worked with Ohio County Hospital’s provider services for 6 years, and as each year passes I love my career more and more. I began my healthcare career in 2008 as a certified nursing assistant. I graduated nursing school with my RN in 2015. My love for patient care continues to grow.

I am very passionate about being a Care Coordinator. My goal in this journey is to serve the patients in my community as a resource, health coach, advocate, and teammate. I want to celebrate the successes and troubleshoot the concerns. I cannot imagine any other career than what I am doing right now. Preventive Medicine has become my passion, and I strive to help the patients of Ohio County Hospital improve their health in all aspects.

Here at Ohio County Hospital’s provider practices, we have created a “Wellness Team.” Together, I feel as if we can move mountains and create improved outcomes. I cannot wait to see where this journey leads us.

Anne Marie Gibbons

Account Manager, Lightbeam Healthcare Solutions

Anne Marie has over 20 years of healthcare experience with a primary focus on project management, training, and implementation of healthcare software.  In her current position, she is an Account Manager with Lightbeam Healthcare Solutions working with the Caravan Health organization

Anne Marie started her healthcare career working in an ophthalmology office before joining an electronic medical record software company as an implementation specialist/trainer.  During her 18-year tenure with the software company, she was a primary contributor to the implementation and training strategies, policy and procedure development, and significant organizational and departmental growth.  She possesses a passion for delivering value and benefits to clients, building long-lasting, loyal relationships within an organization to ensure successful development, collaboration and delivery of strategic initiatives, client solutions, and quality customer service.

Anne Marie holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology, from Kutztown University, and Health Information Management, from Temple University.

Marisa Gillaspie Aziz, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Gritman Medical Center

Marisa is a change agent who started her nursing career as a medical/telemetry nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, WA. Following completion of extensive process improvement training and certification as an adult health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Marisa served in a variety of roles focused on ensuring that care teams are supported and empowered to consistently deliver high quality clinical care and an exceptional patient experience. In April 2016, she joined Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, ID as the organization’s first ACO care coordinator.  Supporting Gritman’s four primary care clinics, two of which are RHCs, Marisa successfully implemented population health programs including CCM, TCM and the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Risk Reduction model. Marisa transitioned to her current position of Assistant Chief Nursing Officer in September 2017.

Marisa graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science, and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University.

Tim Gronniger, MHSA, MPP

Senior Vice President of Development and Strategy, Caravan Health

Tim 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. Before joining DPC he was a senior professional staff member for Ranking Member Henry Waxman at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, responsible for drafting and collaborating to develop elements of the Affordable Care Act. Tim began his career in Washington at the at the Congressional Budget Office, where he led analysis of major budget legislation affecting Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs.

Tim holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan (2004) and a B.A. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University (2000).

Tom Hawkes

Senior Director of Patient Engagement & Technology Programs, Caravan Health

As Senior Director of Patient Engagement & Technology Programs for Caravan Health, Tom is responsible for the development of technology and innovation programs to engage patients and support clinical care teams in their delivery of population health.  He joined Caravan in January 2017.

For over 20 years Tom has been leveraging technology and data to analyze and implement opportunities for various industries.  He started technology consulting and delivering solutions to various Fortune 50 firms such as Comcast, Wells Fargo, and McKesson before entering health care and joining one of the nation’s largest HMO’s, Kaiser Permanente, over a decade ago.  Tom held various technology leadership positions nationally out of Kaiser’s California headquarters before joining Kaiser’s Hawai`i Permanente Medical Group in Honolulu to develop a custom population health application.  He also championed interoperability as a member of the Board of Directors for the Hawai`i Health Information Exchange and supported another local health system in Hawai`i build out their analytic and decision support systems for a growing Clinically Integrated Network.  Tom has a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors in Physical Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Aaron Higgins, NCP

EHR & Quality Programs Manager, Savannah Vascular Institute

Aaron’s career in Health IT & Quality began in 2008 when he joined a growing cardiology practice in Colorado. There he witnessed the challenges many physicians encounter as they work toward compliance with federal programs such as Meaningful Use and PQRS. In response to his physicians’ frustrations, Aaron simplified requirements and streamlined clinicians’ workflows by developing templates, reports and training programs in order to facilitate the adoption of the quality initiatives.

After earning his degree from Colorado State University in Healthcare Administration and Management, Aaron moved to Savannah, GA in 2015 to become Savannah Vascular Institute’s EHR & Quality Programs Manager. He guided the practice to successfully passing PQRS & Meaningful Use in 2015 & 2016, and is on track to successfully pass MIPS in 2017. Additionally, Aaron sits on several quality-focused committees, through the local IPA, and continues to be engaged in the EHR development community.

Melissa Hodge, RN

Clinical Care Coordinator, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc.

Melissa Hodge, RN, has been Clinical Care Coordinator at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services (ACHS) in Littleton, NH, since the inception of the care coordination service in 2017. Melissa joined ACHS, a Federally Qualified Health Center, in 2009 as an RN Team Leader for primary care. She has been instrumental in the development and continued success of the ACHS Transitional Care Management and Chronic Care Management programs, incorporating her Clinical Health Coach training. Melissa also facilitates and manages Hospice care coordination utilizing team-based care. She received her nursing degree from Vermont Technical College in 2007. Melissa’s nursing experience has been in sleep medicine and in the operating room at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, an academic Level 1 trauma center. She is an active member of the ED Utilization team for the New Hampshire Rural ACO. Melissa also serves as the Naval Ombudsman for the state of Vermont, promoting healthy, self-reliant families.

Edie Howell

Edie Howell, RN, CCS-P

Administrator, Medicine Wheel Inc.

Edie Howell is the Administrator for Medicine Wheel Inc. She has 5 providers with 3 practices in southern Oklahoma. 1 clinic participates in CPC Plus and the other two participate in TCPI. Edie is a registered nurse and holds a clinical coding specialist – physician based certification. She is also the founder and CEO of Elite Medical Billing Specialists, an independent agency that focuses on practice management consulting, Insurance credentialing and contracting, and medical claims processing for multiple specialties. Her 21 years in medical office management has taught her how to make a practice successful while safely maneuvering the maze of insurance red tape.

Brittany Hueftle

Brittany Hueftle, BSN-RN

Director of Transitional Care Services, Lexington Regional Health Center

Brittany is a registered nurse with her bachelor’s degree. She earned her bachelor of Nursing at UNMC of Kearney in 2012. She has worked at Lexington Regional Health Center since 2008 starting as an aide then an RN after earring her degree. Following that she started working as a patient care coordinator in 2013. In 2016, she became the Director of Transitional Care Services. She also spent a portion of her career working in home health & hospice.

Colton Lange

Clinical EMR Project Specialist, Avera Health

Colton has worked at for Avera for over 5 years. In his current position of Clinic EMR Project Specialist, Colton works with government quality incentive programs supporting Avera Health and Avera Medical Group in the planning, coordination, and execution of programs, particularly the quality component for Avera’s two accountable care organizations.

Prior to his current role, Colton was employed at Avera eCARE as a quality analyst, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in patient registration, and at Avera Sister James Care Center as a certified nurse assistant.

Colton earned his undergraduate degree in Health Services Administration from the University of South Dakota and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in business administration with emphasis in health administration. He currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife Jaclyn.

Ralph Llewellyn

Ralph Llewellyn, CPA

Partner, Director of Critical Access Hospitals

Ralph conducts operational assessments to assist providers in enhancing financial and operational performance, including financial strategies for financial turnaround of health care facilities. He provides chargemaster/cost report audits and redesign projects, and he conducts reimbursement enhancement studies for health care providers. He assists providers in developing physician compensation agreements.

Clients can expect creative solutions to the challenges they encounter in the healthcare environment. Ralph has a passion for rural health care and its providers and is not afraid to pull up his sleeves and get in the trenches with clients.

Having had an interest in the magical arts from childhood, Ralph’s first job was behind the counter at a local magic shop. Thinking outside the box, he funded much of his college education performing his magical skills on stage. Years later, he still entertains friends and family with magic. Ralph also brews his own beers (he loves a good India Pale Ale) and gets his exercise on the golf course.

Anna Loengard, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Caravan Health

Dr. Anna Loengard joined Caravan Health as Chief Medical Officer in July 2017. Dr. Loengard spent the first 10 years of her career caring for the frailest elderly, first through Mount Sinai’s Visiting Doctors Program and then providing home hospice to terminally ill patients on Oahu. As she has taken on increasing leadership roles she has consistently advocated to provide higher quality care and worked with health plans to support benefits that more closely match patient need. As an honest and innovative physician-leader, her colleagues have relied on her to advocate for them to improve patient care and physician/patient satisfaction as we move from fee for service to value based payment models.

Steve Long, MHA, MBA, FACHE

President & CEO, Hancock Health

Steve Long is the President & CEO of Hancock Health / Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana. Hancock Health is an integrated health care system where more than 1,600 associates, physicians, and volunteers serve the residents of greater Hancock County by providing world class medical services and developing cutting edge population health initiatives, all seasoned with love.  During his 20+ years in health care, Steve has served in a variety of senior leadership capacities including stints at University of Iowa Healthcare in Iowa City, Iowa; MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; and Aurora Healthcare based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Prior to his arrival at Hancock, Steve served as the President & CEO of Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa.

Steve is a Hawkeye at heart, having earned his undergraduate degree and two master’s degrees (MBA and MHA) from the University of Iowa.  Steve and his lovely wife Dorothy live in Greenfield and enjoy family time with their children and grandchildren.

Dr. Sam MacBride

Cibola General Hospital

Dr. MacBride completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and then Family Medicine Residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. He spent the first 10 years of his career with the Indian Health Services providing care to Native Americans in rural New Mexico and Alaska. He then left Federal service in 2015 to join Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup, NM as Chief Medical Officer and ACO Medical Director. He recently left that position and is providing locum tenens primary care and Hospitalist coverage at Cibola General Hospital in Grants, NM. His current professional focus is his work with the international non-profit Thai-Burma Border Health Initiative where he serves as Vice-President and an international volunteer educator.

Julie Martinez, MD

Family Medicine Partners of Santa Fe, P.C.

As she was searching for tools to navigate the ever-changing clinical performance documentation requirements, Dr. Julie Martinez learned about the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium from the American Board of Family Medicine’s PRIME Registry. She joined the TCPI program in June 2016 and is poised to graduate early in December.  She strives to provide high-quality medical care for her patients and improve processes to sustain a small practice model in her community.

Dr. Martinez attended medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and completed her residency at Southern Colorado Family Medicine in Pueblo, CO.   After working four years in a rural health center and a critical access hospital in the Colorado San Luis Valley, she returned to her home state of New Mexico to practice primary care in Santa Fe.  In 2014 she and her husband opened their first independent practice where she can advocate for her patients and effect change on a small, but meaningful, scale.  She also volunteers as a University of New Mexico Medical Student Preceptor and an American Board of Family Medicine Item Writer.

Billie Mattis, MPAS, PA-C

Community Care Coordinator, Southwest Healthcare Services

Billie has been working in the medical field for over 20 years.  She completed an AS Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology at Clayton State College and later a BS Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology at the Medical College of Georgia.  She worked in the Clinical Laboratory setting for 16 years prior to completing a MPAS Degree in 2010 at the University of North Dakota.  Since that time she has worked in ENT and Primary Care.  She transitioned to the role of Community Care Coordinator at Southwest Healthcare Services in Bowman, ND in 2016.  Billie’s focus is now on Coordination of Care, primarily for the growing Medicare population, and includes responsibilities associated with Transitional Care Management, Chronic Care Management, Annual Wellness Visits, and the Million Hearts Model.  She also has responsibilities associated with the BCBS of ND Blue Alliance program and has recently become a member of their Collaborative for Clinical Quality.  Billie and her husband recently celebrated 25 years of marriage and have two remarkable children.  Billie feels it is important to learn something new every day and apply it accordingly.

Dan McCall, MD MSPH

Clinical Endocrinologist, Associate Medical Director, Hattiesburg Clinic

Dr. McCall is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  He completed his internal medicine residency along with a fellowship in endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.  He obtained a Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of Colorado where he published his research identifying factors associated with poor diabetes care of Medicare beneficiaries.  He joined the Hattiesburg Clinic in 2003 providing endocrinology specialty care for patients throughout southern Mississippi.  Since 2015 he has served as the Associate Medical Director of Hattiesburg Clinic’s Medicare and Commercial ACO contracts.  He remains active in the development, implementation, and assessment of population health efforts at the Hattiesburg Clinic.

Maeve McClellan

Maeve McClellan, MPH, CPHQ

Director, Practice Transformation, TCPI, Caravan Health

Maeve McClellan is responsible for implementation of key care delivery initiatives as the Director of Practice Transformation. She oversees the Practice Improvement Team working across Caravan ACOs and CPC+ practices, as well the NRACC’s TCPI program.

Throughout her career, Maeve has focused on bringing population health principles to healthcare. She has experience in the Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital programs, rural-specific quality interventions, safety net programs, systems change in delivery and health policy. Maeve is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.

Matt McCutchan

Chief Financial Officer

Matt has been the CFO of Greater Regional Medical Center, a CAH in Creston, Iowa since 2009. During that time, GRMC has increased revenues from $30M to nearly 60M while maintaining a positive operating margin 8 out of 9 years (and recovering from a direct hit by a tornado in 2012!).

Matt received his undergraduate degree in Information Technology from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Matt’s goals include keeping high quality healthcare local and affordable in order to improve access for all patients, and enabling GRMC to successfully adapt to a value-based environment.

Heather Merriman

RN Community Care Coordinator, McKenzie Health System

Heather is a registered nurse who is currently pursuing her BSN. She has been a registered nurse for 15 years and has spent most of her career providing care to patients in the ED. Heather has also spent time as the Immunization Coordinator for her local health department and relief staff as a clinic nurse for Community Mental Health. Heather transitioned to population health in 2015 when she took on her current role as Community Care Coordinator with McKenzie Health System. Heather’s focus through her work is on Coordination of Care, Transitional Care and Annual Wellness visits, all focused on the growing needs of our Medicare population.

Ed Monas, JD, MPA

Vice President of Customer Success

Making the lives of others better is Ed Monas’ passion, especially those who are challenged or in need of a helping hand. This theme has consistently been the driving force in his career. The following roles enabled him to focus his efforts on serving and assisting others: as a Performance Auditor for the State of Colorado,Ed was positioned to develop an idea (passed into Law) which saved the State a million dollars annually and provided people living with AIDS full access to their private health insurance. As a Trial Lawyer, he was empowered to represent those who were denied their health insurance benefits and assist those who suffered employment discrimination based on factors they could not control. As a ten-year Director of various customer service and support departments for Medtronic, PLC, he focused on ensuring each one of the company’s customers living with diabetes received life impacting supplies and technical support accurately, timely, and with the utmost empathy. He was aided in these efforts by earning a Bachelor degree in Public Service, from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver, and a Law degree from the University of Denver. Ed is excited to couple his professional experience with his education to do his very best to help Caravan Health continue its successful growth and its efforts to improve health care for all.

Amy Montgomery, RN, BSN

Hill Country Memorial Hospital

Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Her 25 years of nursing experience has been primarily in the outpatient setting of Endoscopy Lab, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Urodynamics, Cardiac Rehab, and Home Health. She returned to work at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in 2006.She has most recently been involved with their Care Navigation Program to help prevent hospital readmissions and as the Care Coordinator in their ACO community working as a liaison with six independent practices to focus on the ACO initiatives. These six independent practices have over 7000 attributed patients and 28 primary care providers.

Robin Moody

Robin Moody, MPH

Executive Director, National Rural Accountable Care Consortium

Robin Moody serves as executive director of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, where is accountable for all facets of the organization’s operations and outcomes. She held the role of vice president of operations for Caravan Health before advancing to this position in 2017.

Robin graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, with Bachelors degrees in journalism, Spanish and economics, and received her Master’s in Public Health degree from Portland State University.

Prior to joining the organization, Robin worked for the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems for seven years as senior director of policy, where she spearheaded a successful effort to improve and standardize hospital financial assistance policies, and she co-led an initiative that moved half of Oregon’s rural hospitals off of Medicaid cost-based reimbursement onto an alternative payment methodology. Robin also spent more than a decade as health care journalist and editor, working for newspapers around the Pacific Northwest, including six years as the health care reporter for the Portland Business Journal.

Ryan Neville

President and CEO, Memorial Medical Center

Ryan is the current President and CEO at Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville, Wisconsin since 2014.  Ryan is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth and an MBA from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Since March, 2014 Ryan has launched a new strategic plan focused on Access, Service Line Development, Financial Stability, and Community Partnerships.  Memorial Medical Center has experienced early success under Ryan’s Leadership.

Jack Newsom, SC.D.

Chief Program Officer, Caravan Health

Dr. Newsom has more than twenty years of experience developing healthcare solutions. He comes to us from CenseoHealth, a firm specializing in risk adjustment programs, where he headed up Analytics & Reporting. Prior to that Jack built out an analytics team at Silverlink Communications that leveraged demographic, behavioral, and claims-based segmentation models to optimize healthcare communications. Prior to Silverlink, Jack led account strategy at PharMetrics and managed pharmacy data aggregation at Dendrite International (both now part of IMS Health). He has a MS, MBA, and BA from Dartmouth College and a Doctor of Science from Boston University’s School of Public Health.

Christine Packer

Christine Packer, M.Ed

Director of Process Improvement, Clearwater Valley Hospital & Clinics/St. Mary’s Hospital & Clinics

Christine Packer has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and along the way has discovered a deep passion for primary care and rural medicine. In her current roll as Director of Process Improvement for Clearwater Valley & St. Mary’s Hospitals & Clinics she works with clinicians and staff to implement new programs that create revenue, increase quality and keep patients healthy. Christine and her team are proud of their work around defining safe opioid practices, CCM & AWV, integrated behavioral health and culture change.

An Idaho native, Christine received a M.Ed in Adult Education and Organizational Learning from University of Idaho. Prior to her current role, her work experience has included two years with Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA), public health, large hospital systems and a consultant role at a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).

Throughout her career, Christine has focused on bringing people together to develop reliable programs and processes that allow them to rise above the chaos in healthcare to find joy in their work again.

Greg Paris

Greg Paris

Executive Director of ACO Programs, Caravan Health

Greg Paris is the Executive Director of ACO Programs with Caravan Health. In this role, he works with Senior Executives who represent their communities on the ACO Boards. Greg’s primary responsibility is to ensure the satisfaction of the services Caravan Health is providing to the ACO members.

Greg came to Caravan Health from StuderGroup, the country’s largest healthcare consulting company, where he spent seven years as an Executive Coach, Rural Service Line Leader, and National Speaker. His role as a Coach and Speaker includes sharing evidence-based leadership lessons to Executive Leaders, Boards and Physicians.

Prior to joining StuderGroup, Greg spent 19 years as the CEO at Monroe County Hospital, a nationally recognized Hospital in Iowa. During his tenure, employee turnover decreased from 26% to 5% and patient satisfaction rose from the 8th per centile to the 99th. The Hospital was named to the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine three consecutive years.

Greg received his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Accounting from Iowa State University and his Masters in Health Care Administration from Des Moines University. He was named the Iowa Hospital Association Executive of the Year in 2007 and is a member of StuderGroup’s Hall of Fame.

Daniel Parker, MD

Internal Medicine Physician, Winona Health

Daniel Parker, MD, a board-certified Internal Medicine physician, has been with Winona Health since 1978. He was elected Chief of the Winona Heath Medical Staff in 2008 and served in that role through 2016. Dr. Parker has led initiatives to standardize several treatment protocols and processes; helped further Winona Health’s use of technology to improve safety, quality and efficiency; and created committees such as the Cancer Committee, Peer Review Committee, Student Research Committee, and the Continuous Clinical Improvement Committee. He also led a team in developing the Conservative Management Clinic to improve safety and help people who are on prescription pain medication better manage their pain and their medication needs. He currently serves as Winona Health’s ACO Physician Leader.

Dr. Parker earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota, Ramsey Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American college of physicians and the Minnesota Medical Association.

Dr. Natasha Ramontal

Clinical Leader, Caravan Health

Dr. Natasha Ramontal is currently a Clinical Leader with Caravan Health and holds a Doctorate of Health Science (DHSc) degree with a specialization in Global Health Studies.  Her doctoral work focused on mobile health and the use of cell phones as a mechanism for accessing quality health care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  Prior to becoming a registered nurse, she worked in international development for over 15 years.  She has successfully managed complex humanitarian assistance programs aimed at improving social and economic conditions in the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and Eurasia.  Dr. Ramontal’s nursing experience has been in the emergency department and post-surgical areas, however she has worked in case management in a hospital setting, as well as home health, and worked for a large health insurance company on disease prevention and management.  Dr. Ramontal was also a nursing professor at a local college in Miami, Florida where she currently resides.  Natasha brings her diverse professional and academic experience to Caravan Health since February 2017.

Maria Rosario, MSW, MBA

Senior Director. Monadnock Community Hospital

Maria is the Senior Director of Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Case Management at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  Additionally, she oversees the Outpatient Mental Health Practice, Social Services Department, and the hospital’s Mental Health Crisis Team. Maria pioneered the integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care which results in a highly successful program that is beneficial for both patients and clinicians. In November 2017, Ms. Rosario and her team were awarded a Level 3, the highest designation, from NCQA for Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation

For the past 12 years Maria has served as Chair of the Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee and developed an organization-wide education plan for the implementation of HIPAA, Advance Directives, and Patient Rights. She currently serves as the HIPAA Privacy Officer at Monadnock Community Hospital.

Ms. Rosario has worked in various social services organizations since 1985. She earned her BA in Social Work and Sociology from Molloy College, in Rockville Center, NY; an MSW from Fordham University in New York City; and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in New Hampshire.These have included: a secure web-based screening system for substance use disorders (SUD) in both inpatient and outpatient settings, a web-based registry to support nurse care management for patients being treated with long-term opioids for chronic pain, and identifying inpatients with SUD and linking them to outpatient transitional methadone.

Christopher Shanahan

Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH, is board certified in both Internal and Addiction Medicine. He is a practicing primary care general internist and expert in underserved populations with Substance Use Disorders (in both inpatient and outpatient settings). Beside his primary care practice he leads a multi-disciplinary Community Health Center-Based Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorder treatment clinic.

He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his MPH, at the Harvard School of Public Health. His served his residency in Internal and Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Shanahan’s is a clinical addiction researcher and has developed and directed several clinical and computer-based systems that targeted the improvement of care of individuals with a range of issues including chronic pain and substance use disorders. These have included: a secure web-based screening system for substance use disorders (SUD) in both inpatient and outpatient settings, a web-based registry to support nurse care management for patients being treated with long-term opioids for chronic pain, and identifying inpatients with SUD and linking them to outpatient transitional methadone.

Ed Shanshala, MSHSA, MSED

CEO, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc.

Ed is the CEO of Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc (ACHS) a Federally Qualified Health Center located in the rural White Mountains of northern New Hampshire. In addition to his role as CEO he is a past president and board director of Bi-State Primary Care Association, board director and president of the North Country Health Consortium, board trustee of Littleton Regional Healthcare, a founding board director of North Country Rural Accountable Care Organization, New Hampshire Rural Accountable Care Organization, and the North Country Community Care Organization.

Through his leadership as the ACHS CEO, ACHS has demonstrated innovation with the following collaborations. New Hampshire Citizen’s Health Initiative Patient Centered Medical Home pilot project, medical / legal partnership with George Washington University, Patient Safety Organization (PSO) pilot project with the ECRI Institute and Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA), dental and oral health workforce development site with the University of New England &HRSA, and a patient safety clinical pharmacy (PSPC) collaborator with HRSA.

In his role as a faculty member and co-chair of PSPC 4.0-5.0 he has provided, expanded the integration of clinical pharmacy services along the continuum of care by continued work on poly – pharmacy with the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management, engaging with The New England QIN-QIO / Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with Qualidigm to embed an FQHC pharmacist in a CAH as part of a CMS ACO pilot project, and participating in The New England QIN-QIO / Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with Qualidigm on antibiotic stewardship pilot project.

Ed brings an eclectic background to healthcare leadership with undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a MSEd from the University of Rochester , and an MSHSA from Rochester Institute of Technology. His professional and personal experience is circuitous and eclectic including pharmacokinetic research, sliding Luge with the US Luge Association, and being educated as a classical pianist. He, his wife Leah and son Spencer reside in Bethlehem, NH and spend their free time exhausting the pages in their passports in seeing as much of the world as possible in their free time.

Brock Slabach

Brock Slabach

National Rural Health Association

Brock joined NRHA in 2008. He has administrative responsibility for all areas of member services, including membership, communications and meetings/exhibitions.

He was a rural hospital administrator for more than 21 years. He has been on the board of the National Rural Health Association and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association, as well as many regional and state boards involving rural health.

Brock specializes in rural health system development that encompasses population health and the varied payment programs moving rural providers into value based purchasing models. He serves on the CMS Star Rating Technical Expert Panel (TEP), a member of the National Quality Forum’s Measures Application Partnership (MAP) Hospital Workgroup and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium.
Brock earned a master of public health degree in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Karen L. Smith MD, FAAFP, PA

Dr. Karen L. Smith, native of rural Maryland, is a Family Physician with private solo practice in the rural community of Raeford, North Carolina.  Upon completion of Duke University Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, and Duke FAHEC Residency training she chose to start her professional practice of medicine in North Carolina. She has been part of the Hoke County community for twenty six years successfully implementing electronic health records as part of her delivery of care since 2003 allowing acute, chronic, and preventive services for her diverse patient population from birth to end of life.  Recognizing the needs of her patient population reached beyond the exam room, Dr. Smith became involved with the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians as well as the North Carolina Medical Society where she served in all levels of the NCAFP with subsequently becoming president of the organization in 2005 and currently serves as the delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians.  She has served the national organization as a participant and past chair of the commissions on Practice Enhancement and Quality as well as currently serving on the Governmental Affairs.  She has served the state of North Carolina with 13 years of service to the Division of Medical Assistance Advisory Board and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Dr. Smith has served on numerous committees and boards throughout her career and most recently enhanced her participation dedicating services devoted toward the treatment of substance abuse disorders, healthcare reform initiatives, and onsite education experience for learners in healthcare. Dr. Smith is married to Michael Hendricks and they have four children Marcus, Michaela, Marquise, and Mikara.

Celia Whatley

Director of Product Services, Lightbeam Health Solutions
Celia Whatley is Director of Product Services at Lightbeam Health Solutions, an end-to-end population management and analytics company located in Dallas, TX. Celia is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she received her BA in science.

A true native of Georgia, Celia started in healthcare over 30 years ago as a medical records clerk in a small pediatric practice. She continued in healthcare moving into larger organizations as a Practice Administrator managing multiple primary care and specialty clinics. Celia worked for 17+ years at NextGen Healthcare providing practices large and small with solutions to improve productivity and regulatory compliance using Healthcare IT including evolving Fee-For-Value payment models.

Celia spends her free time at the soccer and football fields or at the gymnastic gym with her husband and two children.

Darin Winn, BSN-RN

Director of Organizational Performance, Western Wisconsin Health

Darin has been with the Western Wisconsin Health team since 2014 as Director of Organizational Performance. He started his healthcare journey as a registered nurse, where he held several positions including Director of Nursing. After gaining experience in the clinical setting Darin changed focus to a successful career in healthcare information technology. Here he worked collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders helping lead Fairview Red Wing organization through multiple EMR transitions.

Darin holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University – Rochester, and has multiple EMR related certifications. He brings a patient care focused approach to innovation and leading change throughout the organization. He is an expert in gathering, analyzing and defining business requirements; creating innovative solutions to these needs; and managing the transition of these solutions to the workplace.

Crystal Zinsmeister, RN BSN

Director of Care Coordination and Clinical Manager, Logansport Memorial Hospital

Crystal earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Governors University and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Leadership at Trine University. She has spent her nursing career at Logansport Memorial Hospital working in the OB Department and the Physician Offices prior to becoming the Clinical Manager and Director of Care Coordination for the Physician Network. Crystal assisted with creating the population health program at Logansport Memorial Hospital when they became one of the first nine facilities to become a Pioneer ACO for Caravan Health.

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