Speakers 2017-09-22T22:56:33+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

VP of Information Technology (IT)

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.

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.

Rayna Caplan

Rayna Caplan, MPH

Director of Population Health Improvement

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.

Kathryn Curtis

VP of Commercial Plan Development

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

Erin Fulton

President and Chief Operating Officer

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.

Paul Krause

Paul Krause, MD

Chief Medical Officer, ACO Programs

After graduating from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, Dr. Krause completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He then came to the Lake Tahoe region in 2000 in order to work as a family doctor in a small town. Dr. Krause has been the Chair of Medicine and Chief of Staff at the local Critical Access Hospital. He is currently the Director of a Rural-based medical student teaching program at Tahoe Forest Hospital, where he trains future physicians from UC Davis School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Caravan Health to extend his support of rural hospitals nationwide and to further his involvement in rural medical education.

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

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.

Maeve McClellan

Maeve McClellan, MPH, CPHQ

Director, Practice Transformation, TCPI

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.

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.

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.

Jack Newsom, SC.D.

Chief Program Officer

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.

Greg Paris

Greg Paris

Executive Director of ACO Programs

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.

Kathy Whitmire

VP of Business Development

Kathy Whitmire is the Regional Vice President for the Southeast Division of National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed to pool knowledge, patients and resources so that independent physician practices and community health systems could participate in new population health-based reimbursement models.
Kathy is responsible for recruitment and continuous quality improvement for the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative’s (TCPI) Practice Transformation Network (PTN) and is responsible for establishing Clinically Integrated Networks, (CINs), and relationship development in the Southeast Region.

Previously Kathy served as Managing Director for the HomeTown Health Rural Hospital Network for 16 years where she directed the management and education services offered to HomeTown’s sixty-one hospital members and their affiliated clinics and physician practices. She has developed and delivered revenue cycle education through hundreds of training boot camps and workshops, rural hospital conferences, Medicare and Medicaid Webinars, and on-site hospitals trainings. In addition, Kathy developed and launched revenue cycle education online at www.hthu.net, a learning management system currently serving the education needs online for more than 8000 healthcare employees nationwide with more than 300 courses.

An entrepreneur with a background in Marketing and Communications, Kathy was President and CEO of Whitmire Marketing for 15 years prior to entering the healthcare industry. Her expertise was business development, communications, and new technology sales and implementation. In 2005, Kathy earned a second Bachelor’s degree from American Intercontinental University with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. She serves on the Board of the Georgia Health IT Regional Extension Center (GA-HITEC), the Georgia Medicaid RAC Provider Relations Committee and is an active member of Health Financial Managers Association (HFMA) and the Academy of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

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