2023 Speakers

Change Healthcare

Summer Kahlon

Value Base Care Evangelist, Value Analytics
Florida Blue

Jennifer Mcgrath

Director of Value Based Programs
Elevance Health

Sherri Richardson

Strategy, Growth & Program Director, Coordination of Benefits, Program Integrity
United Healthcare

Rob Rude

Senior Director Network Strategy and Solutions
Elevance Health

Charlette Santiago

Operational COB Director
CVS Health

Mark Treshock

Executive Director, Emerging Technology
Kaiser Permanente

Brett Butler

Senior Director, National Payment Integrity
Genesee Health Plan

Jim Milanowski

President/ CEO
East TX IPA/ACO

Mark R. Anderson, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

COO
UPMC Enterprises

Adele Towers MD MPH FACP CRC

Director, Risk Adjustment
DirectTrust

Lee Barrett

Commission Executive Director
Grant Thornton

Donna Houlne

Director
Providence Health & Services

Luke Rockenbach

Chief Transformation Officer
WEDI

Charles Stellar

President and CEO
Barrow Neurological Institute

Alan Pitt

Neuroradiologist
CAQH

Erin Richter Weber

Director, CORE
Atrium Health

Neil Wlodyka

Assistant VP
Mayo Clinic

Grant J. Kocer

Director, Contracting and Payer Relations
Metrohealth Medical Center

David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA

Chief Medical Informatics Officer/VP of Health Informatics and Patient Engagement Technologies
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Maggie Elander

Director of Provider Relations
American Hospital Association

Andrea Preisler, JD

Senior Associate Director, Administrative Simplification Policy
University of Kansas Health System

Jason Grundstrom

Executive Director of Continuum of Care
University Health of Kansas City

Seth Jeremy Katz

Vice President of HIM and Revenue Cycle, Finance
HITRUST

Michael Parisi

Vice Presidnt of Adoption
Humana Inc

Nancy Beavin

Director, Provider Interoperability
Heartland Telehealth Resource Center

Richelle Marting

Outreach and Education Specialist
Clinical Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, University of Arizona College of Medicine -Program

Sara Salek, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Wellvana Health

Angi Jennings

Vice President, Practice Transformation
Henry Ford Health

Eric C. Makhni, MD, MBA

Medical Director, Center for Patient Reported Outcome Measures; Director, Quality and Informatics, Orthopedic Service Line
Wellsense

Dan Concaugh

Vice President, Network Management
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Kathy Denton, PhD

Director, Office of Patient Experience
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2022 Speakers

Mark R. Anderson, LFHIMSS, CPHIMS

COO
East TX IPA/ACO

Mr. Anderson is one of the nation's premier IT futurists dedicated to health care. He has 45 years’ experience in Healthcare as a CEO, CFO and the corporate CIO at 4 IDNs and has worked with over 250 hospitals and over 26,000 physicians. Additionally, since 2010, Mr. Anderson has worked with 28 ACOs regarding moving from FFS to VBR, has created over 20 Care Coordination and Patient Engagement programs, and has developed the 7-Stages of VBR functionality matrix. Finally, Mr. Anderson has served as an Expert Witness on numerous legal cases dealing with Healthcare Technologies, hospital protocols, and malpractice cases.

Lee Barrett

Commission Executive Director
DirectTrust

Lee Barrett is the Executive Director of The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a federally recognized, standards development organization designed to improve transactional quality, operational efficiency and data security in healthcare, where has served in that capacity since the commission's inception in 1993. He has 10 years of experience leading healthcare professional services organizations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAIC, Covansys and Virtusa and 20 years in senior management roles in payer organizations including Travelers and Aetna. He has held senior leadership positions with the American Dental Association Business Enterprises Inc. (ADABEI), the for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of the ADA, a provider organization and has led several healthcare software/services development companies including: MBEXX, Claredi, HealthEC and others in which for many he facilitated their growth and acquisition. He has served as chairman of WEDI, and ASCX12N Insurance Subcommittee and currently serves on the eHi Leadership Council and DirectTrust Board and has been on many other industry boards.

A member of both the HHS Cybersecurity Task Force (405d) and ONC Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Tiger Team as well as Chair of the National Trust Network Data Sharing and Cybersecurity Task Group, Barrett works on key HIT industry initiatives that lay the foundation for health information technology – including support and implementation of important healthcare legislative mandates. He speaks nationally regarding security, privacy, ransomware and cybersecurity risk management/assessment and mitigation strategies, tactics and best practices and is a continued go-to resource for industry media.

Brett Butler

Senior Director, National Payment Integrity
Kaiser Permanente

Donna Houlne

Director
Grant Thornton

Summer Kahlon

Value Base Care Evangelist, Value Analytics
Change Healthcare

Jennifer Mcgrath

Director of Value Based Programs
Florida Blue

Sherri Richardson

Strategy, Growth & Program Director, Coordination of Benefits, Program Integrity
Elevance Health

Luke Rockenbach

Chief Transformation Officer
Providence Health & Services

Rob Rude

Senior Director Network Strategy and Solutions
United Healthcare

Charlette Santiago

Operational COB Director
Elevance Health

Charles Stellar

President and CEO
WEDI

Alan Pitt

Neuroradiologist
Barrow Neurological Institute

Mark Treshock

Executive Director, Emerging Technology
CVS Health

Adele Towers MD MPH FACP CRC

Director, Risk Adjustment
UPMC Enterprises

Dr. Towers is the Director of Risk Adjustment for UPMC Enterprises, and is also a geriatrician on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. At UPMC Enterprises, she is directly involved in the development of healthcare related technology, with emphasis on use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Risk Adjustment coding and use of Clinical Analytics to optimize clinical performance. Prior to this role, she has served as the Medical Director for Health Information Management at UPMC with responsibility for Clinical Documentation Improvement as well as inpatient coding denials and appeals. She has been on the faculty in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh for over 25 years and continues to see patients at the Benedum Geriatric Center in UPMC. She is the former Medical Staff President at UPMC Presbyterian, and her prior positions have been as Vice Chair for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine, Medical Director of UPMC Home Health, Medical Director of the Benedum Geriatric Center and Medical Director of Primary Care at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Towers has presented the experience at UPMC with use of NLP and Clinical Analytics at multiple regional and national conferences.

Erin Richter Weber

Director, CORE
CAQH

Erin Weber is the Vice President of the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) at CAQH. In this role, Ms. Weber leads all strategic and operational aspects of the CORE initiative, an industry-wide stakeholder collaboration with a mission to develop healthcare operating rules that support standards, accelerate interoperability, and align administrative and clinical activities among providers, payers, and consumers. Ms. Weber is a strategic, results-oriented healthcare leader with a passion for creating collaboration among diverse stakeholders to drive interoperability and has been with CAQH for more than 12 years. Prior to joining CAQH, she served as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) where she managed engagements for government clients and as the lead revenue cycle researcher at the Advisory Board Company. Ms. Weber holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

Jim Milanowski

President/ CEO
Genesee Health Plan

Jim Milanowski has over 22 years experience in the management of mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health managed care and medical care coverage programs. Mr. Milanowski currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Genesee Health Plan (GHP), administering a community based indigent health care plan. The health plan has covered over 70,000 Genesee County residents since 2001. Since the start of enrollment into Affordable Care Act in 2013, GHP has conducted outreach and enrollment sessions with over 15,000 Genesee County residents. The health plan received the 2015 Pinnacle Award from the Michigan Association of Health Plans for this effort. As a strong advocate, his expertise includes working to reduce racial disparities, uncompensated care, and the impact of chronic disease. During his leadership, Genesee Health Plan has received the national quality award from URAC for Best Practices in Patient Empowerment and Protection, the Greater Flint Labor Council's Community Partnership Award and the Robert M. Pestronk Excellence in Public Health Award. He is a founding member of the Health Net Collaborative, and a member of the Greater Flint Health Coalition Access, Dental and Medical Group Visit Committees. He is the Treasurer of the Michigan Association of County Health Plans and is on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Community Health Center. Mr. Milanowski received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spring Arbor University and his Master's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He is a limited-licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, and has extensive counseling experience with adult, child, and adolescent populations.

Neil Wlodyka

Assistant VP
Atrium Health

Neil Wlodyka is Assistant Vice President for Patient Financial Services for Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina for acute care facilities, Urgent Care and physician practices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Neil has been with Atrium Health for 27 years in April with a total of over 32 years of healthcare experience in revenue cycle operations. In his current role, Neil is responsible for effective and efficient management of the operational processes with patient cash posting, patient refunds, patient correspondence, Corporate Privacy Officer and Patient Experience/Complaint Relations. Neil has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University with a concentration in healthcare management. Neil and his wife, Amy of almost 28 years, are the parents of four children – Jack, Sam, Mary, and Ryan.

Rami Rafeh

Vice President
Provider Strategy & Collaboration at Premera Blue Cross

Grant J. Kocer

Director, Contracting and Payer Relations
Mayo Clinic

In 17 years of working at Mayo Clinic, Grant has spent 13 years working in the Revenue Cycle with 10 of those focused on Prior Authorization, including an Enterprise Manager role with staff in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. During his time in Revenue Cycle, he was also the Application Team Lead for both Registration and Prior Authorization during the Epic Implementation at Mayo Clinic, overseeing successful conversion efforts and go-live for Mayo Clinic as an Enterprise. Grant has spent the past two years as a Director in Contracting and Payer Relations with a focused effort of working collaboratively with Payers to support our patients and Mayo Clinic practice.

David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA

Chief Medical Informatics Officer/VP of Health Informatics and Patient Engagement Technologies
Metrohealth Medical Center

Maggie Elander

Director of Provider Relations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Andrea Preisler, JD

Senior Associate Director, Administrative Simplification Policy
American Hospital Association

Jason Grundstrom

Executive Director of Continuum of Care
University of Kansas Health System

Seth Jeremy Katz

Vice President of HIM and Revenue Cycle, Finance
University Health of Kansas City

Michael Parisi

Vice Presidnt of Adoption
HITRUST

Michael Parisi has led over 500 controls-related engagements primarily in the healthcare and financial services industries. He has extensive experience with third- party assurance reporting including HITRUST readiness, HITRUST certification, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, Agreed Upon Procedure and customized AT-101 engagements. He also has several years’ experience implementing large Oracle ERP systems specializing in the General Ledger and Governance Risk and Compliance modules. He has extensive knowledge of financial reporting and regulatory standards through his external audit and consulting experience, including Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, NIST, CMS and state specific standards. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from Quinnipiac University. He is an active member of ISACA and IAPP.

Tim Pletcher

Executive Director
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)

Nancy Beavin

Director, Provider Interoperability
Humana Inc

Nancy Beavin has been a leader in the payer/provider interoperability space for over 25 years and is currently Director of Provider Interoperability at Humana where she has been a leader for the past 10 years, driving payer/provider interoperability and standards in the healthcare space in both Payer to Provider and Payer to Patient transactions. Previously she was Vice President of Clinical Development and Operations for an EHR providing EMRs for Hospitals and associated medical practices, where she led development of innovative EMR clinical capabilities including Inpatient, Outpatient and Ambulatory clinical data integration. Ms Beavin is a current member of the Carequality Steering Committee and the Sequoia Board of Directors, is on the Healthcare Payment and Operations WG and the Interoperability Matters initiative, DaVinci Coordinating Committee, the FAST project and CARIN Alliance. Ms Beavin is a past member of the Kentucky HIMSS board. Ms Beavin is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Richelle Marting

Outreach and Education Specialist
Heartland Telehealth Resource Center

Richelle Marting is an education outreach specialist for the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center, one of 12 federally funded regional telehealth centers that offer telehealth resources and education. Richelle’s educational outreach with HTRC applies her training as an attorney, registered health information administrator, healthcare administration and medical coding and billing to explain complex reimbursement issues to the healthcare provider community. Richelle has in-house experience as a health information management professional including interim health system privacy officer and interim director of managed care, inpatient and outpatient acute care, long-term care, ambulatory surgery center, anesthesia, and multi-specialty medical group and as an expert witness in litigation involving healthcare reimbursement issues.

Sara Salek, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Clinical Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics
University of Arizona College of Medicine -Program

Sara Salek, M.D. has been the Chief Medical Officer for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) since June 2014. In her current role, Dr. Salek spearheads the agency’s major clinical initiatives as well as oversees the quality and delivery of the health care services AHCCCS provides. Clinical initiatives currently underway include the expansion of telehealth service delivery, improving child and adolescent preventative care rates, and addressing the opioid epidemic. Dr. Salek grew up in Tucson, AZ and graduated from The University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Boston Children’s Hospital through Harvard Medical School.

Angi Jennings

Vice President, Practice Transformation
Wellvana Health

Angi is the VP of Practice Transformation at Wellvana Health, a venture-backed value-based care provider. At ArchWell, she is responsible for developing a best-in-class senior-based primary care delivery model with their physician leadership, driving achievements in both member experience and clinical outcomes. Prior to ArchWell, Angi was Associate Director of Clinical Strategy and Operations at Humana, managing operations for Conviva Care Solutions, Humana's wholly owned primary care solution. Angi has more than 20 years of hospital and primary care experience, and has developed deep expertise in strategic planning, project management, cost reduction, revenue optimization, and turnaround management

Eric C. Makhni, MD, MBA

Medical Director, Center for Patient Reported Outcome Measures; Director, Quality and Informatics, Orthopedic Service Line
Henry Ford Health

Eric Makhni, MD MBA, is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director of the Center for Patient Reported Outcome Measures at Henry Ford Health (Detroit, MI), as well as the Director of Quality and Informatics for the Orthopedic Service Line. He is also a team physician for the Detroit Lions (NFL).

Dr. Makhni completed his undergraduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and went on to complete a dual MD/MBA degree at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. He then went to Columbia University Medical Center in New York City for residency in orthopedic surgery, followed by specialty training in a shoulder and sports medicine fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Makhni is an active clinical researcher in the fields of sports medicine and value-based health care. This research has led to formation of a joint venture with Henry Ford Health - Protera Health - of which he is a co-founder and CEO.

Dan Concaugh

Vice President, Network Management
Wellsense

Kathy Denton, PhD.

Director, Office of Patient Experience
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Kathy is passionate about improving the patient experience. She has been a leader in patient experience and performance improvement for over 30 years in both the private and public sectors. For the last 25 years she has been with MD Anderson Cancer Center of which the last 8 years have been in Patient Experience. Her goal is to provide a caring, safe, effective, efficiant patient experience across the continuum of care. She initiated the Patient and Family Advisor Program that has grown to over 80 Patient and Family Advisors who partner with institutional leaders to improve the patient experience. She holds a mediation certification from Univerisy of Houston Law School and is a professional Coach. She holds a ASQ Certification for Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, a SSBB, a CPHQ and a CPXP.