2020 Board of Directors Bios

GARY ALBERS - Member-at-Large*
Gary Albers is co-founder and CEO of Imperium Health Management, started in 2011 with the idea of creating independent physician led ACO's for the not yet completely designed MSSP program. Imperium currently partners and or manages 11 MSSP ACO's and is expecting with the 2016 class to have over 15 plus ACO's with 120,00 lives, 1,300 physicians and 1.2 billion dollars in annual Medicare spend. Prior to Imperium, Gary was president of Soteria Imaging Services, LLC, an outpatient medical imaging provider that grew to 36 locations across the nation with over 300 employees. He attended Indiana University and received a degree in public affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Gary also attended Madison University for completion of his MBA. 

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. 

ROBERT FIELDS - Chair-Elect*
Dr. Robert Fields is a family medicine physician and the senior vice president and chief medical officer for population health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. As CMO, Dr. Fields leads a network of almost 4,000 physicians managing 400,000 lives across multiple risk contracts and all lines of business. 

Dr. Fields began his career by establishing Vista Family Health in 2003 providing primary care for all ages including a large number of underserved Latino patients in Western North Carolina. Dr. Fields was an early adopter of the patient-centered medical home model as well as new technologies for patient engagement and practice efficiency.  He was part of the community and system leadership team that designed the first ACO in that region and was asked to serve as its first medical director.  Under his guidance, the network grew from 200 primary care physicians to more than 1,100 providers of various specialties and three health systems.  The ACO was able to achieve over $11 million in savings in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in its second year as well savings under multiple Medicare Advantage contracts using a clinical model which incorporated social determinants of health along with clinical care management.  Dr. Fields came to Mount Sinai in March of 2018 as the Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and has overseen the redesign of the clinical model including care management, provider engagement, quality programs and other aspects of the system’s population health strategy. 

Dr. Fields serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of ACOs and America’s Physician Groups.  He earned a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and he completed a family medicine residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C., where he was chief resident.  Dr. Fields earned a 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. 

Kimberly Kauffman is Summit’s chief value-based care officer. In her role, she is responsible for the transition from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. In support of value-based contracts with CMMI, Medicare Advantage, commercial health plans and Medicaid managed care, she leads the care coordination, health education, integrated programs, quality reporting and improvement, risk adjustment and provider engagement teams and works closely with a data analytics partner. Prior to joining Summit, Ms. Kauffman managed a large independent physicians’ association in Florida and also worked with hospital and physician leadership to create several regional Physician Hospital Organizations. Preceding that, she was responsible for operations for senior healthcare centers, supporting multiple hospital clients. She received her master’s degree from the College of Public Health at the University of Florida. She is an officer of the Board of Directors for the National Association of ACOs and a regular participant in Advisory Board and American Medical Group Association activities.  

Lorri Havolvitz is vice president of ACO operations at Collaborative Health Systems/WellCare.  Ms. Havlovitz received her MBA in health care management and has been in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She held leadership positions in healthcare insurance, contracting, and provider operations. She has been instrumental with Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) from concept and development through implementation and ongoing analysis. Ms. Havlovitz oversees several ACOs currently participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.   

Thomas Kloos, MD, is executive director of the Atlantic Health MSO, a management services organization which supplies management services to both the Atlantic ACO and Optimus Healthcare Partners ACO. The two ACO's serve both the MSSP program and commercial relationships and encompass over 90,000 attributed Medicare beneficiaries and over 200,000 commercial attributed beneficiaries. He is a NAACOS board member. He was past president of Optimus Healthcare Partners, a physician established ACO and has also has served as past president and medical director of Vista Health System IPA. On the payer side, he is board member and past board vice president of the Affiliated Physicians Health Plan, a self-funded Multiple Employer Welfare Association (MEWA). Dr. Kloos is a board certified internal medicine practitioner and has been a NCQA recognized level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). He graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School in 1979 and from Rutgers University in 1975. 

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 1,600 private practice and employed physicians. MHACO contracted with CMS for the Medicare Shared Savings Plan (MSSP) beginning in July 2012 and was successful in its first performance year with MSSP achieving nearly $20 million dollars in savings. Jen oversees all activities associated with the Medicare Shared Savings Program and numerous commercial ACO value based contracts.   These ACO contracts cover approximately 230,000 Medicare and commercial lives. Jen has significant expertise in value based contracting, ambulatory quality measurement and performance, data analytics, and provider relations 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.  Jen is a board member of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) and serves as chair of the NAACOS governance committee.  She also serves as president of the Moore Music Legacy.

Stephen Nuckolls is the chief executive officer of Coastal Carolina Health Care, PA, and their ACO, Coastal Carolina Quality Care, Inc.  His responsibilities include the direct management of the 60 provider multi-specialty physician-owned medical practice and its ACO that was selected by CMS in the initial round in April 2012 and is currently in a 2-sided risk model.  Mr. Nuckolls facilitated the formation of the medical practice in 1997 and has served in his current role since that time.  Prior to the formation of this organization, Mr. Nuckolls helped guide physicians and integrated hospital organizations in the formation of larger systems.  Mr. Nuckolls earned his BA in economics from Davidson College and his MAC from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  He is a founding member of the National Association of ACOs and served as their board chair from 2016-2017 and currently serves as treasurer.  Prior to 2016 he served as treasurer and chair of their policy committee.  In addition to these responsibilities he has served on several advisory boards and committees for the North Carolina Medical Society and is a frequent speaker on ACOs and related topics at medical conferences including presentations for the Medical Group Management Association, the American College of Physicians, and the National Association of ACOs. 

As the vice president of population health strategic solutions, clinical and network services at Ascension Medical Group (AMG), Mr. Reed has responsibility for all value based health care programs and contracts for AMG. He also represents Ascension by serving as a speaker and member for several national organizations dedicated to accountable care and alternate-care payment models. 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.

Jamie Reedy, MD, MPH is chief of population health at Summit Medical Group, PA – New Jersey and Summit Health Management, LLC.  She is responsible for ensuring the success of value-based care programs for both Summit Medical Group (SMG), the largest independent multispecialty medical group in the country, and Summit Health Management (SHM), an organization born out of the success of SMG that establishes partnerships with independent medical groups nationally to share and implement its care model and best practices. Dr. Reedy provides leadership, medical expertise and business direction for population health and quality activities that support strategic growth, the continuous improvement of care, wellness and greater value. Her position currently involves leadership of numerous, diverse high performing value-based contracts. She previously served as senior vice president and medical director of population health and quality at SMG and SHM and was also formerly chief of hospital medicine and post-acute care. In those roles, she has overseen the design and implementation of innovative care delivery models involving care management, care navigation, social work, clinical pharmacy and other disciplines. Prior to joining Summit, Dr. Reedy was medical director, compliance officer and a practicing physician with Paramount Medical Group/Westfield Family Practice in Westfield, NJ. In that role, she led an initiative to become a Level-3 National Committee for Quality Assurance recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home.  Dr. Reedy has a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She earned her medical degree at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (now known as the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School). She also completed her internship and a residency in family medicine at Robert Wood Johnson. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dev Sangvai is executive director of Duke Connected Care, a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) with 45,000+ Medicare Beneficiaries and 1800 providers, including the local FQHC. He is also associate chief medical officer for Duke University Health System and medical director of DukeWELL. Dr. Sangvai is assistant professor of family medicine, pediatrics & psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and vice chair for quality and safety in the department of community & family medicine. Prior to his role as associate CMO, he was chief of family medicine at Duke. Dr. Sangvai currently serves as president of the North Carolina Medical Society and has served in national leadership roles with the American Medical Association. He graduated from the Ohio State University and received his M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his family medicine residency and chief residency at the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Sangvai earned his MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He is a certified physician executive with the American College of Physician Executives and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Katherine Schneider is president and CEO of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization and as such, she provides leadership, strategic direction and ongoing administration and management for all aspects of the ACO. Previously, Dr. Schneider was executive vice president and chief medical officer of Medecision. She also served as the senior vice president for health engagement at AtlantiCare, where she led the system's strategic transformational work toward accountable care and engaging individuals in their own health. In her previous position at Middlesex Health System, she spearheaded projects embedding chronic disease management in the delivery system and value based payment models, including Medicare's Physician Group Practice demonstration project. She is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University. She is a board-certified family physician with an additional degree in epidemiology and is also in the first cohort of U.S. physicians to achieve subspecialty certification in clinical informatics. 

Sandra Van Trease is group president for BJC HealthCare, provides strategic leadership and direction to the BJC Collaborative LLC, an association of Saint Luke’s Health System, CoxHealth, BJC HealthCare and Memorial Health System. She also is responsible for overall business and growth strategies for a select group of BJC’s community hospitals; and the BJC Medical Group, to ensure outstanding clinical quality, operating efficiencies and financial stability. In 2012, Ms. Van Trease was appointed president of BJC HealthCare’s Accountable Care Organization and leads BJC’s overall efforts in population health and virtual health.  She also serves as a member of the senior management team at BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States. Ms. Van Trease joined BJC in 2004, following a successful career as president and CEO of UNICARE, a managed health care company serving 1.7 million members as part of the WellPoint Health Networks Inc. family of companies. She also held a number of leadership positions with RightCHOICE Managed Care, including serving as president and COO. Prior to RightCHOICE, she spent 12 years with Price Waterhouse. Ms. Van Trease earned her master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant. In 2004, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Missouri–St. Louis for achieving distinction in her field and for contributing to the betterment of the university and the St. Louis community. 

Debbie Welle-Powell is the chief population health officer at Essentia Health. In this role, she is responsible for integrating population health management with community health and well-being services to address the social determinants of health. She works with market leaders, payer partners and community stakeholders to develop community-based, population health and risk sharing models that focus on wellness and disease prevention for better health outcomes. Prior to her new 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.