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.

Andy Slavitt

General Partner, Town Hall Ventures

During his decades-long career as a private sector healthcare technology leader, including as group executive VP for Optum, Andy Slavitt drove some of the most significant and successful initiatives in healthcare, impacting millions of Americans as well as the shape of the healthcare system. He was the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama. Prior to that he was the Group Executive Vice President of Optum, and before that a health care tech founder and entrepreneur.

Andy is currently general partner at Town Hall Ventures and serves as Board Chair of United States of Care,  a national non-profit health advocacy organization he founded. Andy leads a number of national health care initiatives, including one on the future of health care, which he co-chairs at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Today he is a highly recognizable voice in health care, with a regular column in the USA Today and regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC and Fox. Andy graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He was recently named a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Bassano

Deputy Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services‚Äč

Amy Bassano is the Deputy Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to assuming this position in April 2016, Ms. Bassano was the Director of the Patient Care Models Group at CMMI leading CMS’s efforts on bundled payments including the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative and the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model and the development of physician specialty models such as the Oncology Care Model. In addition, she was responsible for the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model and the Medicare Care Choices Model. Ms. Bassano also held senior management positions in the Center for Medicare at CMS overseeing Medicare payment policy for a variety of areas including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgical centers, clinical laboratories, and Part B drugs.

Prior to her tenure at CMS, Ms. Bassano was a Program Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget where she was the lead Medicare analyst on Medicare Part B and D issues. Ms. Bassano has an M.A. in Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in history from Tufts University.

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.

Grace Bailey

Mental Health Counselor and Behavioral Health Coordinator

Grace Bailey is a native of Bonifay, Florida and currently resides in Troy, Alabama with her family. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Troy University. Grace is currently employed with Florida Therapy as a mental health counselor and with Bailey Family Practice as the Behavioral Health Coordinator of their Collaborative Care initiative.

Grace is also a performance coach, award winning actress, mindfulness advocate, and cheese lover. Grace is passionate about helping others and believes deeply in the power of kindness. 

Leisa Bailey, MD

Board Certified Family Physician and Physician Leader

Dr. Bailey has practiced in her rural community of Bonifay, Florida for over 25 years as a solo private practitioner. She practices the full spectrum of family practice including obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and behavioral health medicine. Over the past 5 years Bailey Family Practice has fully embraced Annual Wellness Visits, Chronic Care Management, Shared Medical Visits, and more recently Integrated Behavioral Health including on-site counselors and Collaborative Care. Dr. Bailey has lectured and shared her experiences in practice transformation with her colleagues at state and national conventions and has been featured in an article in Medical Economics.

Dr. Bailey is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. After completing a Family Medicine residency at Eglin Air Force Base Regional Hospital, she served during Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the Air Force in 1993 she opened her solo practice in Bonifay where she and her husband raised their family and continued to serve their community. Dr. Bailey is a proud wife, mom and grandmother. One of the highlights of her career is to have two of her daughters working beside her as a clinical mental health counselor and a health educator.

Darrold Bertsch

CEO, Sakakawea Medical Center & Coal Country Community Health Center

Darrold Bertsch is the CEO of Sakakawea Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital located in Hazen, North Dakota and is also the CEO of Coal Country Community Health Center, an FQHC with locations in Beulah, Hazen, Killdeer and Center North Dakota.  

Darrold has served in this unique shared CEO role for the last 7 years, leading collaborative efforts that have improved the delivery of patient care and the development of a patient centered medical neighborhood of care.  Darrold has worked in healthcare for 43 years, the last 23 as a CEO.  Darrold is an active proponent of rural healthcare and serves on various local, state and national boards and committees.

Shil Chawla

Shil Chawla manages a practice of internal medicine and geriatrics in Shelby, Ohio where she provides leadership guiding daily operations and policy implementation through strategic thinking and decision making.

Her educational background includes a Masters in Engineering from California State University Fullerton as well as Masters in Business Administration from Ashland University in Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering as the president of non profit organization that helps small businesses, and spending time with her family.

Sally Crossley

Clinical Manager, ACHS, Inc

ACHS is a federally qualified health center & patient centered medical home in northern NH., delivering innovative integrated care to approximately 10,000 patients per year. Before joining ACHS, Sally held a variety of nursing positions including staff nurse, charge nurse, home health case manager, hospice case manager, QI coordinator & ADON. She has completed IHI's Quality Scholars Program, and St Anselm's college Nurse Leadership Program.

Sally is one of the few RN's in NH that has earned a Certified Nurse Leader & Manager certification. Prior to her nursing career, Sally served in the US Army as an Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence Analyst. She has also had extensive customer service & sales experience. 

Mary Jane Darnell

ACO Lead Care Coordinator, Comanche County Memorial ACO

Mary Jane facilitates a "shared goal model" within and across settings to achieve coordinated high-quality care that is patient- and family-centered. Before joining the ACO at CCMH Mary Jane served as the Director of Care Management for several years. During her time as Director of CM she provided overall direction for crisis intervention, discharge planning, resource utilization, and the collection of data relative to quality, cost effective care.

Mary Jane brings a customer-driven focus to operations with 27 years of management experience. She has been a registered nurse for 32-plus years and utilizes a "back to basics" type process management to ensure not only that goals are being met but that staff understand the importance of the goals set before them. Mary Jane received her BSN from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is both a Certified Case Manager and an Accredited Case Manager as well.  She resides in Lawton, Oklahoma.  She is a true "Okie" through and through.

Susan Davis

Population Health Nurse, Carteret Health Care

Susan Davis is a registered nurse with a graduate degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Population Health Nurse at Carteret Health Care serving the Medicare ACO patients for Bayou Basin. Her past experience includes roles where she worked in state and national roles with ACOs for Medicare, Medicaid and commercial populations.

She is certified in case management and health coaching and has more than 30 years of nursing experience. Her current role providing support for practices in the ACO and working directly with patients is one of the most rewarding experiences of her career

Kelly Fluharty

Community Care Organization Manager, Winona Health Services

As the Community Care Organization Manager, Kelly serves as the project manager for the implementation of their Medicare and Medicaid ACOs, and other quality incentive contracts.  In this role, she is the lead Primary Care data analyst, and is responsible for stewarding multiple population health improvement initiatives.

Prior to this position, she worked in county Public Health agencies in the metro St. Louis, Missouri area, first as a public health liaison between the local health agency and area health systems, and then as an Epidemiology Specialist.  Kelly received her BA in Anthropology from Beloit College and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health

Amanda Flitton

CPC+ Practice Improvement Manager, Caravan Health

Amanda Flitton is the CPC+ Practice Improvement Manager at Caravan Health. She coaches practices across the nation in CPC+ program performance, patient experience, and continuous quality improvement.

Before joining Caravan Health, Amanda worked in utilization review while earning her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Baylor University alumna, and avid traveler.

Jennifer Forsyth, DO

Geriatic Physician, Winona Health Services

Jennifer Forsyth is a geriatric physician at Winona Health.  She has a special interest in Quality Improvement and the ever changing healthcare environment.  

Before coming to Winona Health, Dr. Forsyth obtained an MBA in Healthcare Leadership.  She completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at UMKC and is now board certified in Family and Geriatric medicine.

Paul Gardner

Director, Center for Rural Health at the Mississippi Hospital Association

Paul Gardner currently serves as the director of the Center for Rural Health at the Mississippi Hospital Association and the executive director of the Mississippi Rural Hospital Alliance. Before joining MHA, Paul served as the chief executive officer of George Regional Health System for more than 23 years. In his career, he has also worked for Pioneer Health Services, Horne LLP, and Hughes and Stotts.

While many county hospitals battled simply to survive, George Regional Health System, under Paul’s leadership, purchased physician's practices, added specialty services, enlarged the hospital, and built a new 60-bed nursing home. He grew George Regional to include two hospitals, two nursing homes, five medical clinics, a rehabilitation center and a wellness center – and more than 400 employees.

Paul holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Delta State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on the board of the Mississippi Hospital Association and Healthcare Providers Insurance Company and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Rotary Club.

Heather Geary

Care Coordinator, Ohio County Healthcare

Heather has been Care Coordinator for Ohio County Healthcare since first joining the ACO in 2016. She has found her passion in Population Health, and finds joy in serving her community and helping others learn how to effectively deliver outstanding care to their communities.

Heather has worked for Ohio County Healthcare for going on 8 years, and graduated nursing school in 2015. She is proud to be a Population Health Nurse, and hopes to teach others how to implement Population Health and Value Based Medicine to give patients the best care possible.

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).

Karyn Leavitt Grow, RN

Administrative Director of Case Management and Care Coordination, Tahoe Forest Health System

Karyn has been in nursing for over 30 years and is a staunch proponent of quality patient-centered care and positive patient experience. She has a strong background in clinical case management and care coordination development and implementation, population health, and the coordination of cost-effective care with quality clinical outcomes.  

She has a Baccalaureate in Nursing from University of Nevada-Reno and a Master’s in Nursing Science from the University of California-Davis. She has been a Certified Case Manager since 1998.      

Sara Haack, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Dr. Sara Haack completed her medical degree at The University of Michigan Medical School, her master of public health at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her psychiatry residency and integrated care fellowship at The University of Washington School of Medicine.  

Dr. Haack’s clinical, educational, and research interests include integrated care, addictions, and emergency psychiatry.  She is currently a psychiatric consultant within several established and newly developed integrated care programs throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific Basin.

Sarah Hammock, RN, BSN, CCM

Population Health Director, North Mississippi Medical Clinics, Inc.

With over 20 years’ experience in health care, Sarah Hammock has worked to create and develop a robust Population Health program at North Mississippi which includes a team of LPN Care Coordinators, RN Population Health Managers, Social Worker, Pharmacist, and Dietitian. Sarah serves as the ACO Champion for North Mississippi Connected Care Alliance, a 2016 starter ACO with Caravan Health. She also serves as an administrative leader within Connected Care Partners Clinically Integrated Network where she works along-side physician and system leaders who focus on Clinical Efficiency and Primary Care initiatives throughout the network.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women, and her certificate in Case Management from the Commissioner for Case Management Certification.

Traci Harris

Registered Nurse, Reid Health

Traci is a Registered Nurse with 25 years experience, who currently works in the Heart Failure Clinic for Richmond Cardiology Associates (RCA), located within Reid Health, an over 200 bed hospital in Richmond, IN.  During the past three and a half years she has been with RCA, the advanced heart failure program has grown to managing approximately 800 patients who are enrolled in the clinic. The heart failure patients that are managed by the heart failure clinic are under the care of multiple providers within our facility.  Traci monitors all patients admitted with a diagnosis of heart failure whether enrolled or not, and assists to coordinate the hospital release follow up appointments, provides education needed to manage their chronic heart failure as an outpatient, as well as striving to decrease readmissions.  Since her time with RCA, the annual heart failure readmission rate has decreased by approximately 3% annually. Traci’s skill set has included perioperative coordination, preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care, as well as management experience within an ambulatory surgery center, charge nurse in the acute rehab facility, and working with high acuity patients.

It is with great appreciation that she has been invited to this symposium as part of Reid's Continuum of Care Programs for remote patient monitoring, and was asked to participate in a pilot with VRI/Caravan for their telehealth scales.

Melissa Hayse

Licensed Practical Nurse, Ohio County Healthcare 

Melissa is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Ohio County Healthcare in Hartford, KY. As the Wellness Nurse, she primarily works one-on-one with Medicare Patients during their Annual Wellness Visit to help break down barriers between them and a better quality of life. She also provides education to patients making sure they understand the importance of preventive screenings; refer patients to specialists to help with specific health issues; connect patients to local resources when finances are a concern; and, provides clinical health coaching for those needing to make a behavior change.

Since taking on this role in January 2017, Melissa has helped to build the Wellness Program by creating documents to streamline various tasks and compiled an easy to access list of community resources. Through trial and error she has helped to create productive and successful work flows. By integrating quality care, this has helped to change the patient and provider perception of the Annual Wellness Visit and what it can do for both the community and the corporation. 

Tamara Higgins

Office Manager, Perrysburg Family Physicians, LLC

Tammy has been employed by Perrysburg Family Physicians since 2006, and although she did have a management background she started over in the medical field when she joined the practice. Tammy started out in the file room when paper charts were still the norm. After working in filing first part time and then fulltime Tammy moved on to the billing, coding, check out position, educating herself, on her own time, along the way. Tammy’s success in billing and as a patient advocate in the front office area lead to her next career move which was medical assistant to Dr. Michael Neiswander. Tammy was able to learn and grow in this position for three years until the opportunity to become the manager of the practice was presented to her in 2014.

Tammy now oversees a five-physician independent family practice and is a champion of both Caravan health and the CPC+ Initiative. Tammy resides in Liberty Center, Ohio

Melissa Hodge, RN

Clinical Care Coordinator, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services

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.  

Shawn Huston

Clinical Informatics Manager, Steele Memorial Medical Center

Shawn is a Licensed Practical Nurse and currently working as a clinical informatics manager, government reporting specialist, and ACO Champion for a critical access hospital and Rural Health Clinic in beautiful Salmon, Id. Shawn has worked for the last 16 years developing clinical workflows using tools in various EHRs to help providers and nurses document more efficiently but still meeting CMS requirements.

Prior to his current role, Shawn held several administrative roles to include Assistant Director Of Nursing and Staff Development Coordinator. Shawn started in the medical field straight out of high school upon joining the US Army as a Combat Medic. Upon completion of his service Shawn completed the practical nursing program at Boise State University.

Robin Isaacson

Licensed Nurse, Perrysburg Family Physicians

Robin Isaacson is a licensed practical nurse for the past 25 years and attended Northwest State Community college in Archbold, Ohio.  She has been working in family practice and geriatric fields through out her career.   Robin is currently working with Perrysburg Family Physicians in Perrysburg in Perrysburg Ohio, a private, 5 physicians practice.  Robin is the Senior Care Manager and the head of the Medicare Wellness program and also serves as a member of the office PFAC council.   She has been instrumental in setting up these programs and working with Caravan program for the past 2 years.  Robin resides in Perrysburg, Ohio

Mary Jewison

Registered Nurse and Clinical Operations Manager, Olmsted Medical Center

Mary assists with maintaining a high quality of patient care though the Patient Centered Medical Home and ACO standards in her organization.   Mary received her BSN from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and is working on obtaining a master's degree through St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mary resides in Elgin, Minnesota, just outside of Rochester.   

Ashley Kilpatrick

ACO Care Coordinator, Sullivan County Community Hospital

Ashley Kilpatrick, is the ACO Care Coordinator at Sullivan County Community Hospital, in Sullivan, Indiana, a rural independent hospital in southwestern Indiana. She is an accomplished registered nurse who has invested the last 16 years committed to the overall health and wellbeing of patients in her care. Ashley began her career in the general hospital setting, gaining invaluable experience by learning all aspects of each unit that she served. For the last decade, she progressed her career into the extraordinarily critical work of hospice care management and community health nursing, which she considers to be the most fulfilling work of her life. 

Aaron Kirk

VP Partner Sales, VRI

Aaron has over 20 years of experience in the in-home monitoring and technology field and has served in executive, operational and strategic leadership roles. In his current position as VP Partner Sales, Aaron is responsible for the growth and development of relationships focused on the common goal of utilizing patient-centered technology to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare utilization.

Aaron is a passionate leader with extensive program implementation experience in hospital, homecare and managed care settings. He is at his best when solving problems and creating value for healthcare delivery systems and their patients.

Stacy Lenker

Vice President of Payor Strategies, Avera Health

Stacey Lenker serves as the Vice President of Payor Strategies for Avera Health, an integrated health system based in Sioux Falls, SD. She is responsible for payor contracting including value-based arrangements, and provides leadership and management for bundled payment and ACO operations, which includes Avera’s three MSSP Track 1 ACOs serving roughly 40,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Avera’s 4-state service area.

Stacey has over two decades of experience in revenue cycle operations for hospitals and physician practices, payor contracting and payor relations.

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.

Jason McEwen

Actuary, Milliman

Jason assists provider organizations in navigating the ever-present world of value-based payments. He specializes in modeling and quantifying the risk associated with reimbursement contracts that differ from traditional fee-for-service arrangements.

Jason has assisted provider organizations in determining the optimal Medicare ACO option to participate in and has evaluated the impact that different commercial ACO structures would have on the potential for shared savings.

Steve Melek

Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman

Steve is a principal and consulting actuary with the Denver Health practice of Milliman. He joined the firm in 1990. Steve’s areas of expertise include healthcare product development, management, and financial analyses. He has worked extensively in the behavioral healthcare specialty field. He has worked with many managed behavioral healthcare organizations, parity issues and cost analyses, mental health utilization and costs in primary care settings, psychotropic drug treatment patterns, and strategic behavioral healthcare system design. He has experience with plan design, pricing, capitation and risk analysis, provider reimbursement analysis and strategies, healthcare revenue distribution, and utilization management analysis

Celia Mills, RN

Administrator of Care Cooordination and Community Health, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

Celia Mills is a Registered Nurse and Administrator of Care Coordination and Community Health at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, California where she has worked for 30 years.  Celia has always been passionate about providing people with the tools to achieve wellness. With over 35 years of experience as a nurse in diverse settings including Medical/Surgical/Telemetry, ICU, Home Health and Hospice and 15 years of progressive management experience Celia uses these experiences and passion to promote population health for the community. She is responsible for the implementation of population health strategies across the organization as part of the High Sierra Northern Plains ACO.

Celia began her nursing career in the United Kingdom receiving her Registered General Nurse credential from Manchester Royal Infirmary. After moving to the US Celia received her BSN from California State University Dominguez Hills and her MSN from Walden University.  

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.

Tim Putnam, DHA, MBA, FACHE

President and CEO, 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 MBA from the University of Southern Indiana and Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina where his dissertation was focused on the treatment of acute stroke patients in community hospitals. He is the President-Elect of the National Rural Health Association, Chair of the Indiana Graduate Medical Education Board and Chair of National Rural Accountable Care Consortium.  

He is also on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Hospital Association and the Cincinnati Health Collaborative.  He lectures on community healthcare leadership at Xavier University and Indiana University Healthcare Administration programs.  Dr. Putnam is also an Emergency Medical Technician and serves on the Batesville Fire and EMS Lifesquad.

Divya Sharma

Chief Medical Officer, Central Oregon IPA

Divya Sharma serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Central Oregon IPA and has been in a leadership position at COIPA since 2010. She is a board-certified Internist who also works at Mosaic Medical, a large federally qualified health center, where she provides direct clinical care and serves in a leadership position. She has more than 11 years of experience in clinical leadership and is a member of the Board of Directors of multiple healthcare organizations.

Her healthcare areas of interest lie in quality and population health, clinical and community leadership, and complex patient care management. She received her BA in Biology with a minor in Religion and Classical studies from the University of Rochester in NY, MS in Biomedical Science and Medical Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. She did her residency at the University of Virginia. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, hiking, running and traveling.

Tanya Sharp

President and CEO, Boone County Health Center 

Tanya is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Boone County Health Center in Albion, Nebraska.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. She is a graduate of the Nebraska Hospital Association Leadership Institute and now serves as a mentor to other healthcare executives enrolled in the program. Tanya is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). She also sits on the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Board, the Region VII Heartland Regional Health Equity Council, and Pareto Captive Board. Locally, Tanya serves on the Albion Economic Development Committee and is on the Nebraska Health Association (NHA) Policy and Development Board.

Rachelle H. Shultz, Ed.D

President and CEO, Winona Health

Rachelle H. Shultz has more than 25 years' experience in healthcare leadership and management. In her years as an administrator, Schultz has a proven record of accomplishments including organizational restructuring that resulted in greater efficiencies; successful completion of building projects; development and implementation of strategic plans; physician recruitment, and new product line development. Service excellence, continuous performance improvement and team development are key components of her successful working style.

Schultz graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, completed her Master's in Healthcare Administration at the University of Minnesota, and received her Doctorate in Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.  She was an invited member of the Minnesota State Quality Improvement Institute in 2008, served on the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) board, is a board director for the Minnesota Hospital Association and is past chair and member of the American Hospital Association's Small and Rural Council.  

Schultz is also the board chair for the Minnesota Rural ACO, which was launched in 2016 and board chair elect for the Performance Excellence Network (PEN) in Minnesota.  She is a past member of the Rural Health Issues Group, a collaborative of several governmental agencies focused on rural health issues.  Locally, Schultz is a founding board member of both Live Well Winona and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) and has been active in a variety of community organizations.  

Brock Slabach

Sr. Vice President, 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 and has served on the board of the National Rural Health Association and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association.

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 and Rural Health Workgroup and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Brock is the 2015 recipient of the Calico Quality Leadership Award of the National Rural Health Resource Center and received the American Society of Healthcare Pharmacists (ASHP) Board of Directors’ Award of Honor for 2018. 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.

Roger Smalligan, MD, MPH

Sr. Vice President, National Rural Health Association

Dr. Smalligan serves as the Regional Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Huntsville Regional Medical Campus where he also serves as the CEO of the faculty practice arm called the Valley Foundation.  He is a Johns Hopkins Medical School (M.D.) and Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate who trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt.  

Dr. Smalligan brings more than 20 years of leadership in medicine and medical education ranging from CMO of a mission hospital in Ecuador to serving as division chief and regional chair at ETSU and Texas Tech prior to joining UAB.  At UAB he has been engaged in building relationships in the medical and wider community as well as in analysis and adjustment to the faculty practice plan to improve efficiencies. He has worked closely with faculty leaders, gaining buy-in on documentation, billing, and coding issues.  This and other changes have produced a 30% increase in profitability in the first 2 years of implementation for the Valley Foundation.  Similar efforts are now being spearheaded by Dr. Smalligan and his  administrative staff to ensure improvements in patient care and ultimately success in the ACO model.

Leslie Smith, MD

Internal Medicine Physician

Dr. Leslie Smith is an internal medicine physician in Boone North Carolina.  She did not come into the role of physician by the usual course. Dr. Smith sustained a burn injury when she was young adult. This interrupted her college education. After being discharged from the burn center she was left homeless. She struggled to receive healthcare; her burns and skin grafts became infected while living on the streets. Social constraints impacted her ability to recover and the infected wounds landed her in a nursing home at the age of 24. Years later, Dr. Smith’s physician encouraged her to join the profession so she could help to make changes to our broken healthcare system based on the lessons she learned while accessing care during those difficult years after her injury.    

Dr. Smith is a solo practitioner in the rural mountains of North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and then attended medical school at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine with assistance from the UNC Board of Governors Scholarship. Her practice not only addresses the physical needs of the patient, it also addresses the social circumstances that each patient brings to the table - be it a need for groceries, heating fuel, transportation or moral support. She employs a full-time care coordinator who reaches out to the more difficult cases to make sure their needs are being met. Dr. Smith still makes house calls when needed. She finds visiting patients in their home gives her more insight into what they are struggling with and what needs to be done to get them well. Dr. Smith will never forget what it took to get her well. She credits her physician, Dr. Warren Newton, with her recovery. He went above and beyond to make sure her needs were met. She brings these lessons, and the compassion he showed to her, to her practice.

Arul Thangavel

VP of Clinical Strategy, Wisercare

As VP of Clinical Strategy at WiserCare, Arul leads clinical implementation and production of WiserCare's shared decision making modules, including their Advance Care Planning solution. Arul is also a practicing Internal Medicine physician with extensive research, quality improvement and clinical experience. He completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also went to medical school and graduated with honors. Directly before joining WiserCare, Arul was both an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown and a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of State.

Prior to and during medical school, Arul researched in multiple fields, including human neuroscience, cognitive science, psychiatry, meta analytic techniques, hospital quality improvement and global health practice and policy. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and newspaper articles.

Timothy Thomas

ACO Champion, Neshoba County General Hospital

As contract ACO Champion for Neshoba County General Hospital, Tim is the primary lead and contact person on all ACO related activities. He monitors and tracks internal progress on ACO activities and helps create solutions to any barriers that arise. He facilitates monthly ACO Team meetings and quarterly ACO Steering Committee meetings.    

Tim has been performing financial management services in the health care field for over 30 years including hospital CFO, hospital CEO, health network director, trauma region administrator, healthcare foundation CEO, medical residency program director, and rural health consultant. He has served in the following healthcare leadership positions: President-Ms Rural Health Association, Chairman-East Central MS Health Network, Chairman-East Central Ms Trauma Care Region, and Member-Governor’s Ms Health Information Task Force.  He has been featured in 3 Modern Healthcare magazine articles and have written 2 articles published in National Rural Health Association’s Rural Roads magazine.    

Tim received his BBA from Ohio University and MBA from Mississippi College. He is a 2003 National Rural Health Scholar, 2005 MS Governor’s Cup “Volunteer of the Year, and a 2016 Mississippi Rural Health Fellow recipient.    

Tandalaya Traylor

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, North Mississippi Medical Clinic - Diabetes Treatment Center

With 12 plus years’ experience, Tandalaya Traylor serves as the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Program Coordinator and Program Director of the Diabetes Assistance Fund. Tandalaya travels across the country performing ADA audits of recognized diabetes education programs to ensure the required federal regulations are maintained. She is also a life coach of a newly developed local Diabetes Prevention Program. Her leadership skills and knowledge build relationships with numerous cohorts and establishes a foundation of assisting others.  

Tandalaya graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing on an academic scholarship. She explored travel nursing with international travel to Costa Rica on a medical missionary journey. Tandalaya continued her career, later graduating from Delta State University – Cleveland, MS receiving her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a recipient of "The 2014 Top Performer in Diabetes Mellitus" within the NMMC clinic system.  She enjoys family trips, singing, traveling, whitewater rafting and jazz music.

Ally Weaver

Associate Actuary, Milliman

Ally Weaver is an associate actuary at Milliman’s Denver Health practice. Her recent work includes analyzing the economic impacts of integrating medical and behavioral healthcare, as well as evaluating the financial performance of behavioral integration efforts in the state of Colorado. Her experience in this space also includes reviewing health plan compliance under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, performing behavioral health organization rate certifications, and developing behavioral health cost and utilization benchmarks.    

Ally has also worked extensively with carriers in the commercial ACA market, performing health plan pricing, reserving, financial reporting, and risk adjustment calculations. She is also involved in research efforts related to the opioid crisis and a number of other behavioral health issues.

Donald J. Wee, CEO, ACHE

CEO, Tri-State Memorial Hospital

Don has been a CEO of four rural hospitals in Alaska, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington, with over 30 years of experience focused in operational/financial outcomes, quality and patient satisfaction improvements, and most recently working towards an Ideal Culture philosophy. Currently, Don is the CEO of Tri-State Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital located in Clarkston, WA, and has been serving as its CEO since October, 2009. Tri-State has received national recognition or certifications in; HealthCare’s Most Wired hospital; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital’s in America in 2016; Received the national certification from NCQA for Patient Centered Medical Home; ACR (American College of Radiology) for Breast Imaging Center of Excellence along with introducing low dose 3D mammography into the L/C valley; Top 10% Ranking for Survey Vitals for the 3rd Quarter -- Patient Experience (3 departments); NOSORH Performance Excellence Award – Outcomes Winner; and Tri-State also received the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health’s Performance Leadership Award in 2016.

In March of 2016 Tri-State joined the Caravan Health in its efforts to begin learning about and transitioning from cost-based reimbursement to value based care. Another key objective that Tri-State has undertaken is working towards achieving an Ideal Culture status. Don has served on the Washington Hospital State Association board of directors on the Rural Hospital Committee as board member from 2011-2014 and served a term as president of this committee. He has also served on the WSHA Quality Committee and presently on the Strategic Planning committee and he is also a board member on Washington Hospital Services, a subsidiary of WSHA, since 2015. Locally, he is involved and active in various organizations in Clarkston, WA, and Lewiston, ID, serving as a board member on the local Boys and Girls Club and Snake River Community Clinic (a local clinic that serves uninsured patients).

Rodney Whitlock

Vice President Health Policy, ML Strategies

Rodney is a veteran health care policy professional with more than 20 years of experience working with the US Congress, where he served as health policy advisor and as Acting Health Policy Director for Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and, earlier, on the staff of former US Representative Charlie Norwood of Georgia. During his years with Representative Norwood, Rodney managed the Patients’ Bill of Rights, which passed the House in 1999 and 2001. In February 2005, Rodney left the office of Congressman Norwood to join the Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor to Chairman Grassley. In that capacity, he was lead Senate staffer for the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.

In 2007, Rodney worked on the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which passed Congress twice and was subsequently vetoed twice by President George W. Bush. Rodney spent 2009 and 2010 deeply engaged in health care reform legislation. Late in 2010, he became the Acting Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley, and shepherded the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 into law. Following his tenure in Senator Grassley’s Congressional office, Rodney served as Health Policy Director in the Senator’s personal office.

Ksenia Whittal

Consulting Actuary, Milliman

As a consulting actuary with the Denver Health practice of Milliman, Ksenia’s primary focus is on practical applications of predictive modeling, specifically risk adjustment and social determinants of health. Her past work has focused on risk adjustment model development and implementation (MARA), analytical models for identification of social determinants of health, as well as disease management analytics, rising risk modeling, and consumer data based modeling.

Over the past ten years, Ksenia has been contributing to the technical development of the Milliman Advanced Risk Adjuster (MARA) and consulting to MARA clients. MARA utilizes Milliman’s existing actuarial and clinical expertise and is developed for advanced applications of risk adjustment in health care budgeting, pricing, payment, stratifying risks and analytic reporting. Finally, Ksenia’s work in commercial health insurance includes ACA pricing, reserving, product development, experience benchmarking, product filing and compliance testing, for individual, small group and large group product offerings. Ksenia is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of American Academy of Actuaries.

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