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2021 Speakers

East TX IPA/ACO

Mark R. Anderson, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

COO
EHNAC

Lee Barrett

Executive Director
CAQH

Robert Bowman

Director, CORE
Vestacare

Tom Brekka

CEO
Priority Health

Michelle Ilitch

VP of Provider Network /Development
Atrium Health

W. Christopher Johnson, FHFMA

Vice President Patient Financial Services
Humana, Inc.

Kate Goodrich

SVP, Trend and Analytics, Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions
ACH Processing Company

John Innes

President
NCQA

Margaret O'Kane

President
Center for Connected Health Policy

Mei Kwong

Executive Director
Kaiser Permanente

Raul Matas

Director of Analytics, National Claims Auto Adjudication & Outside Medical Expense
Yale New Haven Health

Mindy McNamara

Patient FInancial Experience Coordinator
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Chris Meyer

Director of Virtual Care/Telehealth
Humana

Patrick Murta

Chief Interoperability Architect & Fellow
Meduit

Jeff Nieman

CEO
Mount Sinai Morningside

Hiram Martinez

Director of Patient Financial Counseling
Office of the National Coordinator

Elisabeth Myers

Deputy Director of Policy
Banner Health

Becky Peters

Executive Director, Patient Access
St. Luke's Health System

Michael Rawdan, Ph.D., MBA

System Senior Director of Revenue Cycle & Patient Experience
T-Base Communications

Jan Smith Reed

Director, US Healthcare
WEDI

Charles Stellar

President and CEO
Healthcare Business Management Association

Kurt Gallagher

Executive Director
Lark Health

Jason Paruthi, MD

Medical Director
Kaiser Permanente

James Shelton II

Director, Claim Operations
Medical Group Management Association

Robert Tennant

Commissioner, EHNAC Director, Health Information Technology Policy, Government Affairs Department
UPMC Enterprises

Adele Towers MD MPH FACP CRC

Director, Risk Adjustment
CAQH

Erin Richter Weber

Director, CORE
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jean Moody-Williams

Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
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2021 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

Executive Director
EHNAC

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.

Robert Bowman

Director, CORE
CAQH

Tom Brekka

CEO
Vestacare

Michelle Ilitch

VP of Provider Network /Development
Priority Health

W. Christopher Johnson, FHFMA

Vice President Patient Financial Services
Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas Healthcare System

Chris Johnson has been employed in the healthcare finance field for more than 30 years. During this time Chris has worked in multiple environments including sole community providers, an academic medical center and in integrated healthcare delivery system. He is current employed by Atrium Health in Charlotte as Vice President Revenue Cycle Management Regional Facilities and Unified Business Office. In his current role, Chris oversees the Unified Business Office which is responsible for “patient facing” billing functions for both hospital and professional billing operations for the Atrium Health Owned facilities. In addition, Chris leads the Regional PFS Team which supports revenue cycle operations for the regional healthcare facilities affiliated with the HealthCare System. Chris is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and an active member of the North Carolina Chapter of HFMA where he has served in numerous leadership positions including Chapter President. Chris has also worked with National HFMA on the Board of Examiners, National Advisory Council, Regional Executive for Region IV, and the Chapter Advancement Team. In 2017 received the Fredrick C. Morgan Award, the highest service award presented by National HFMA. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Montreat College in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and is certified in Epic Resolute Hospital Billing and Single Billing Office Administration.

Raul Matas

Director of Analytics, National Claims Auto Adjudication & Outside Medical Expense
Kaiser Permanente

Raul is the director of analytics at Kaiser Health Plan Claims AA Optimization. He has also formerly led the operational reporting, project management office, application development, quality assurance and cost containment functions in the claims operation. Prior to his current role, he was one of the original core leadership team members on the program to replace the claims platform, and led the finance function and business case development for that project approved by KPCAC in 2010.

Raul began his career at KP in 2007 as an internal consultant supporting claims operations first in finance, then in quality. Prior to KP, Raul held roles at Hewlett-Packard HP Services North America where he began as a financial analyst and planning and reporting manager, then led the finance function for HP Global Corporate Account Sales Organization. Raul earned his undergraduate business degree in accounting and information systems and M.B.A. in finance, both from the University of Southern California.

Raul's daughter, Avery, attended both Wheelock College in Boston and Marymount Manhattan in New York City and is on a work study in Paris France. He lives in Pasadena, CA, with wife Nandani and performs regularly as an opera baritone in recitals and full productions with local opera companies.

Mindy McNamara

Patient FInancial Experience Coordinator
Yale New Haven Health

Chris Meyer

Director of Virtual Care/Telehealth
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Patrick Murta

Chief Interoperability Architect & Fellow
Humana

Jeff Nieman

CEO
Meduit

Mr. Nieman leads Meduit’s top-notch team of healthcare revenue cycle professionals to maximize performance and accelerate growth for hospitals, health systems and provider groups. Prior to joining the Meduit team, he was the chief operating officer for Navigant Cymetrix, a revenue cycle management company serving over 200 hospitals. He has also held leadership positions at Conifer Health Solutions, Humana and HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) and has a BA in economics from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Hiram Martinez

Director of Patient Financial Counseling
Mount Sinai Morningside

I’m a Director of Patient Services at Mount Sinai Health Systems. I Direct, organize, and monitor financial, patient registration, financial counseling and work in collaboration with Information Services and Finance Department to ensure optimal system flows.

I ensure the integrity of all data collected for reimbursement and billing by working with all appropriate on-site departments. I’ve been in the Health Care Services for more than 30 years.

Working the front-end allows me to create a smooth transition for our patient population by allowing them to secure the benefits they need in a timely and accurate manner. I Act as a liaison between the patient, the billing department, vendors, physician offices and the payer to enhance account receivables performance, resolve outstanding issues and/or patient concerns, and maximize service excellence.

Elisabeth Myers

Deputy Director of Policy
Office of the National Coordinator

Elisabeth Myers has worked on health IT policy at HHS since 2012 working on CMS quality programs, the CMS eHealth Initiative, and the EHR Incentive Programs before moving to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Prior to her work at HHS, Elisabeth worked on health care initiatives in the non-profit and private sector, and at the state level in the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform in Pennsylvania. In her role at ONC, Elisabeth leads the team implementing the 21st Century Cures Act which addresses a wide range of health IT provisions from interoperable standards development for APIs to information blocking to health IT for specialty settings and sites of service including pediatric care. Her portfolio includes ONC policy team efforts related to supporting health IT policy in HHS partner initiatives including CMS, CDC, SAMHSA and HRSA as well as state health IT infrastructure initiatives. Elisabeth also leads the policy team working on the health IT provisions within the Support for Patients and Families Act which was signed into law in December of 2018 to drive policy initiatives for Opioid Use Disorder prevention and treatment.

Becky Peters

Executive Director, Patient Access
Banner Health

Michael Rawdan, Ph.D., MBA

System Senior Director of Revenue Cycle & Patient Experience
St. Luke's Health System

Michael is responsible for Account Management & charter for a structure that redefines the Patient Financial Experience for the largest Provider in Idaho. He has over 20 years' experience in customer management and patient experience working for firms such as Capital One and Hewlett-Packard.

Michael has held various roles across diverse organizations including customer management and insights for Capital One. At Hewlett-Packard, Michael was the Executive responsible for a $2B e-Commerce organization. Within HP, Michael managed Data & Analytics to drive user interface changes that drove significant improvements in performance.

These experiences have led Michael to St. Luke's Health System where he has been tasked with identifying and developing solutions that improve Patient Financial Experience from end to end. This is defined as pre-patient experience through each step of the clinical and non-clinical touch points.

Michael holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Tampa, MBA from Northwest Nazarene University and a dual PhD. in International Business & Decision Sciences from NOVA Southeastern University.

Kate Goodrich

SVP, Trend and Analytics, Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions
Humana, Inc.

Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, is SVP for Trend and Analytics within the Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions segment of Humana, Inc. In this role, she is accountable for the development and implementation of the clinical trend pipeline strategy, and leads the clinical business analytics necessary to deliver better health outcomes at lower costs for Humana members. Prior to coming to Humana, Kate was at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where she was the Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer.

This Center is responsible for 18 quality and value-based purchasing programs, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, development and enforcement of health and safety standards of all facility-based providers across the nation, and coverage decisions for treatments and services for Medicare. Prior to CMS, Kate was on the faculty at the George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) and served as division director for Hospital Medicine. She continues to practice clinical medicine as a hospitalist and professor of medicine at the GWUMC.

John Innes

President
ACH Processing Company

John Innes is the President of ACH Processing Company, a payment processing fintech company serving over 11,000 corporate clients and municipalities. Founded in May 1998, ACH Processing Company has been at the forefront of online payments processing services transacting over $20,000,000,000 billion in ACH transactions annually. As President of ACH, John leads the company’s domestic and international operations, while overseeing new product innovation, research and development, and the payments product roadmap. Prior to ACH, John managed a billion-dollar portfolio of technology, media, and telecom investments and derivative securities at Highland Capital Management and was a Manager in the Global Financial Services practice at KPMG. Highly specialized in turnaround and restructuring strategies for distressed companies, John has served in financial advisory consulting in over 40 engagements. Currently, John serves on the Board for InterGen Data, Inc. an artificial intelligence platform that predicts life events for financial services and insurance companies.

John is a CFA® Charterholder and earned an MBA in Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. from Boston University in International Relations and History. John is also recognized as an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), a certified expert in electronic payments.

Margaret O'Kane

President
NCQA

Margaret E. O’Kane is the founder and president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, as well as the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

She is also on the Board of the Institute for Exceptional Care. Modern Healthcare magazine has named O’Kane one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” 12 times and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” 3 times. She is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund and is on the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions. O’Kane holds a master’s degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Mei Kwong

Executive Director
Center for Connected Health Policy

Mei Wa Kwong, JD has over two decades of experience in state and federal policy work. She is the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. She has written numerous policy briefs, crafted state legislation and led several coalition efforts on a variety of issues. Ms. Kwong has published articles on telehealth policy, is recognized as an expert in her field and has been consulted by state and federal lawmakers on telehealth legislation and policy. Ms. Kwong is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School.

Jan Smith Reed

Director, US Healthcare
T-Base Communications

Charles Stellar

President and CEO
WEDI

Kurt Gallagher

Executive Director
Healthcare business Management Association

Kurt Gallagher joined the Healthcare Business Management Association in 2018 as its executive director and quickly revitalized HBMA’s Data Science Committee to complete the organization’s first HBMA Billing Fees Survey later that year. Kurt has led efforts to develop new performance benchmarks for the revenue cycle management industry and plans to launch a new benchmarking survey in early 2021.

Jason Paruthi, MD

Medical Director
Lark Health

Jason Paruthi, MD has an extensive background in clinical medicine, translational research, and health-focused business development. At Harvard Medical School, he performed research on the effects of fasting, weight loss, and bariatric surgery to inform treatment strategies for cardiometabolic conditions. Dr. Paruthi’s subsequent work focused on creating innovative education and nutrition therapy programs for home-based prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Jason received his BA and MD from Boston University and is a former trainee and translational research fellow at Harvard Medical School.

James Shelton II

Director, Claim Operations
Kaiser Permanente

Robert Tennant

Commissioner, EHNAC Director, Health Information Technology Policy, Government Affairs Department
Medical Group Management Association

Robert Tennant is Director of Health Information Technology Policy for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). In his role at the association, Mr. Tennant focuses on federal legislative and regulatory health information technology issues including, HIPAA Privacy and Security, administrative simplification, MACRA, interoperability issues, and other HIT topics.

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

Jean Moody-Williams

Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services