2022 Board of Directors Bios

Travis Broome is the senior vice-president of policy and economics at Aledade, Inc. He guides Aledade and partner physicians through the policy, strategy and economics of value based health care. Joining Aledade shortly after its start, he worked on nearly every aspect from business development for both practices and payers, to early analytics, to serving as an ACO executive director for Aledade Louisiana ACO. Prior to Aledade, he spent seven years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in roles ranging from regulation writing to quality improvement to management. Mr. Broome earned his masters of public health and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Emily Brower serves as senior vice president of clinical integration and physician services for Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving more than 30 million people across 22 states. In this role, she provides leadership and strategic direction within the evolving accountable healthcare environment, with an emphasis on clinical integration and transformation under alternative payment models. Ms. Brower joined Trinity Health from Atrius Health, where she last served as vice president of population health, building and executing the essential capabilities required to achieve strong financial and clinical outcomes within integrated care models under value-based reimbursement, particularly for publicly insured populations. Her Medicare ACO team delivered year over year improvement in cost and quality, and the highest per-capita savings in an independent evaluation of the Pioneer model.  Prior to Atrius Health, Ms. Brower spent fifteen years in operational, financial, and contracting leadership roles at Urban Medical Group, a Massachusetts non-profit healthcare organization specializing in the care of medically complex, chronically ill populations across a community-based, long-term care continuum. During that time, she launched a PACE program and other innovative, capitated contracts for medically complex populations and served as Principal Investigator for a multi-year research project analyzing cost and quality outcomes to support payment reform.   Ms. Brower received her BA from Smith College and MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business. 

Dr. Robert Fields is a family medicine physician and serves as the EVP/chief population health officer at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In this role, Dr. Fields leads a network of hospitals and physicians managing $3.5 billion dollars of medical spend for over 450,000 patients in the downstate region.  He also leads system strategy for managed care and value-based contracting and revenues.  Dr. Fields began his career as an independent primary care physician serving all ages with a particular concentration on underserved Latino patients in Western North Carolina. He held various leadership positions including serving as the CMO of the area’s first ACO.  Dr. Fields came to Mount Sinai in March of 2018 as the SVP and CMO for population health. Dr. Fields serves as the board chair of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) and serves on the board of America’s Physician Groups (APG).  He is also a member and chair for various national committees on quality and measure development for the National Quality Foundation and CMS.   He earned his medical degree from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine, and completed a family medicine residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC where he was chief resident.  Dr. Fields earned his master of health administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

CLIF GAUS - President and CEO*
Clif Gaus, Sc.D. is currently president and CEO of the National Association of ACOs which he helped found in 2012. NAACOS is the only national organization owned and managed by ACOs. It advocates for ACOs on policy and offers shared learning experiences through conferences, webinars, forums and work groups. Dr. Gaus has a diverse background as a public servant, entrepreneur and health executive. He served in senior health positions under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Clinton. In the 1970's and 80's, as associate administrator of HCFA (now CMS), he directed the development of a broad range of innovations in health care financing and delivery, including the DRG hospital payment system, RBRVS physician payment system, Medicare Hospice Programs and Medicare payment of Physician Assistants. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ). 

In the late 90's Dr. Gaus held the position of executive vice president and chief administrative officer of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. Prior to WellPoint, he was senior vice president of the national Kaiser Permanente Health System in Oakland, California. From 2002-10 he served on the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University. In recent years he has consulted for a number of prominent organizations, including a six month engagement with the Administrator of CMS working on the ACO regulations and the start-up of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He holds a master's degree in health administration from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Science in health care management from The Johns Hopkins University. 

Tim Gronniger joined Caravan Health in 2017 as the senior vice president for strategy and development, becoming the company president in 2018. In those roles he oversaw the company’s delivery and operations as well as marketing and its strategic growth plan. He 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 developing elements of the Affordable Care Act. Tim began his career in Washington at the at the Congressional Budget Office. Tim holds master's degrees in public policy and health services administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in biochemical sciences from Harvard University.

KIMBERLY KAUFFMAN - Member-at-Large*
Kimberly Kauffman is vice president of clinical performance at Aledade, Inc.  In this role, she supports value-based care (VBC) contracts with CMS/CMMI, Medicare Advantage, commercial health plans and Medicaid managed care by working with teams that specialize in clinical documentation integrity, quality reporting, pharmacy, clinical outcomes improvement, patient outreach and post acute coordination. Prior to joining Aledade, Ms. Kauffman was the chief VBC officer for MaxHealth, a primary care group based in Florida with 120+ providers, and, before that, was chief VBC officer for Summit Medical Group, a primary care group with 300+ providers based in Tennessee.  Her background includes a leadership role in a large independent physicians’ association (IPA) in Florida and in a multi-hospital physician hospital organization (PHO). She received her master’s degree from the college of public health at the University of Florida.  

Melanie Matthews is the dynamic, creative and innovative CEO at Physicians of Southwest Washington (PSW) and president at MultiCare Connected Care. She brings more than 20 years of operations, financial, human resources and product marketing experience in health care services for specialty populations. Her passion for public policy and engaging legislatures has propelled her as the “voice” of physician health policies. Since she joined the company in 2016, Ms. Matthews has maintained the core principals in which PSW was founded on and expanded business lines to include MSO services including credentialing, coding and compliance and the implementation of CMMI innovation models such as the Next Generation ACO. Her extensive knowledge in post-acute care provides strategic focus in reducing overall cost of care as well as provider and beneficiary engagement. 

Prior to PSW, Ms. Matthews served for three years as vice president of operations for Prestige Care, Inc., where she was responsible for regulatory and financial operations and outcomes for 38 skilled nursing facilities and two Medicare home health agencies in a four-state northwest region. Among her other accomplishments, she serves as co-chair for APG – Risk Evolution Taskforce, was selected by the American Health Care Association as a “National Political Ambassador” in 2013, and was named a national “Future Leader” in 2012.  Ms. Matthews holds a master of science, social gerontology, degree from Central Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University.

Jennifer Moore, MBA is the President of the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization (MHACO), whose membership includes 10 acute care hospitals and over 1,700 private practice and employed physicians. Jen oversees all activities associated with the Medicare Shared Savings Program and numerous commercial and Medicare Advantage value based contracts, representing over 260,000 Medicare and commercial lives. Jen has significant expertise in value based contracting, ambulatory quality measurement and performance, data analytics, and network management activities. Prior to her current role, she was the Chief Operating Officer for MHACO. Jen has her masters in business administration and over 25 years of experience in accountable care, physician-hospital organizations and health plans.

Tony Reed serves as the vice president of population health operations for ChristianaCare.  Prior to this role, he served as the vice president of population health strategic solutions, clinical and network services at Ascension Medical Group (AMG) where he had responsibility for all value based health care programs and contracts for AMG. Mr. Reed is on the board of directors for NAACOS and has presented at many conferences including the leaders board for population health management, NAACOS conferences, The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, xG Health Solutions, Inc and for the Marcus Evans Group.  He is in his 23rd year of work in health care industry and his previous roles include, chief administrative officer for the Keystone Accountable Care Organization, AVP of accountable care initiatives at Geisinger Health, director of business development for Geisinger Diversified Services and program director for VITALine Infusion Pharmacy Services. He also served for seven years as a product director for B. Braun Medical, Inc. with product development responsibilities and gaining FDA and Health Canada approvals for their lines of infusion pumps and accessories.

Rebecca Rohrbach, DNP, has been in healthcare for 30 years. She currently serves as the chief population health officer for NOMS ACO, LLC.  She was a family nurse practitioner until 7 years ago when she took the role as vice president of population health for NOMS ACO, LLC.  Rebecca works closely with the champion physicians of the organization to promote transformation of healthcare delivery at NOMS Healthcare. This role entails oversight of a care management team, development of quality incentive scorecards for physicians and team members, evaluation of programs, quality metric reporting, and development of post-acute care networks and management of the ACO. She is also responsible for the exploration and determining feasibility of implementing other CMS innovation programs. As a result, many of our primary care providers are CPC+ track 2 and the orthopedics’ participation in BPCI-A total lower extremity joint bundle payment programs.  Rebecca received her master of science in nursing specializing in family practice from the Medical College of Ohio in 2001 and a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Toledo in collaboration with Wright State University in 2015.

Nina Taggart MA, MD, MBA, FAAO is the senior medical director for accountable care for the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and medical director for the LVHN ACO.  Bringing extensive health insurance experience to a provider network, she joined LVHN in July of 2015 to lead the design, development and delivery of LVHN’s Population Health initiatives in the Innovation Division.  Dr. Taggart supports all aspects of Value Based Reimbursement programs (VBR) for the network including payer contracting, risk contracting design, analytics, and care management operations. In her role as medical director for the LVHN ACO, she leads a team of professionals on all aspects of MSSP program operations and strategy, including authoring recommendations under the Pathways to Success program.  Dr. Taggart works to educate physicians in the PHO on key aspects of VBR performance.  She supports the development and deployment of the PHO’s physician incentive program used as a method to align incentives and distribute VBR dollars to participating primary care and specialty physicians.  She leads a clinical operational team dedicated to managing patients assigned through all VBR contracts, including both commercial and governmental programs.  Dr. Taggart also works closely with Populytics, LVHN’s informatics and analytic subsidiary, to improve our system wide approach to Population Health. She provides clinical direction to Populytics and is responsible for the development of analytic processes to improve both the quality of care and financial performance under VBR programs.  Prior to coming to LVHN, Dr. Taggart served in physician executive roles with increasing responsibility working for a regional Blue Cross plan, culminating with her position as chief medical officer.  Dr. Taggart has published/presented on computer graphics, molecular biology and ophthalmic plastic surgery as well as managed care and population health.  She has held multiple leadership positions on medical staff and served on the Board of Penn Care Board and the Board of the Luzerne County Medical Society.  Dr. Taggart holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College (AB), Haverford College (MA), Alvernia University (MBA) and Weill Cornell Medical College (MD) and is a certified professional in healthcare information technology. She completed her internship at Bryn Mawr Hospital, and her residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  She is a board certified ophthalmologist.

Anthony joined WellCare Health Plans (now Centene Corporation) in 2013 and is the president of Collaborative Health Systems. Previously, he served as the National Medicaid vice president of market performance. Before joining WellCare, Anthony held a number of positions of increasing leadership responsibility, including vice president of physical medicine for Healthways, chief executive officer of Maryland Medicaid health plan for UnitedHealth Group, and several financial management positions for The Procter & Gamble Company. Anthony received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

Debbie Welle-Powell was most recently the chief population health officer at Essentia Health. In this role, she was responsible for integrating population health management with community health and well-being services to address the social determinants of health. She worked with market leaders, payer partners and community stakeholders to develop community-based, population health and risk sharing models that focused on wellness and disease prevention for better health outcomes. Prior to that appointment, she served as the senior vice-president of accountable care. Essentia Health is a 17 hospital, 1500 provider health system spanning the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho and Wisconsin.  Essentia is certified as an ACO Level III by NCQA.  As the SVP of accountable care, she led the accountable care division with strategic and operational responsibilities for population care management, system quality, payer strategy and community health with strategic activities to help position Essentia Health as the preferred provider of care.   Prior to Essentia, Ms. Welle-Powell was the vice president of accountable care and payer strategy for SCL Health System, a $3B health care system. As a seasoned executive, she led the strategic and market activities for accountable health readiness while developing innovative products, services, and technologies. Additional focus was on developing a vision, strategy and key tactics to support e-health business.  She has more than twenty years-experience in executive healthcare positions within multi-state regions and integrated provider delivery system. She has extensive experience leading mergers and acquisitions and developing reimbursement and network development strategies supporting a full range of payment models.

Karen Marie Wilding is the enterprise chief value officer for Nemours Children’s Health. Working “well beyond medicine”, Karen’s areas of focus include the growth of strategic partnerships that support the value journey, clinical practice transformation, and emerging payment models.  Through community engagement, an emphasis on care across the continuum, and promoting overall health and well-being, she is positioning Nemours as a national thought leader in this area.  The Nemours value portfolio includes over 14 active value-based contracts, near 200k children, and over 280M of expense under management, with contracts in both upside and downside risk.  In realizing the quadruple aim, she brings commitment and vast experience to accelerate clinical and business transformation at Nemours.  She has extensive knowledge of commercial and government payer models, facilitating workstreams and process improvement efforts on accountable care for our acute facilities and practice locations across all regions. Karen also provides executive oversight for the Delaware Children’s Health Network (DCHN), the Nemours-owned clinically integrated network. The DCHN partners with practices and payers to ensure the most efficient, effective, equitable, and high-quality care; the foremost goal is improved population health outcomes and create the “healthiest generations”.  A former first responder, she has over twenty years of experience in healthcare, with over ten years in senior leadership for accountable care, analytics, and quality.  Karen brings a robust value-based care background, with start-up, contracting, and innovation work that has paved transformation for both clinical and business operations.   She holds a master’s degree in health administration, several professional certifications, and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS).