Sandra Van Trease – Chair
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. 

Michael Barrett
In addition to being a founding board member of NAACOS, Mr. Barrett served as the senior vice president for operations and development for the ACO efforts at Universal American/WellCare. In addition to his national responsibilities, his specific ACOs are accountable for over 150,000 assigned Medicare beneficiaries. Prior to joining Universal American, Mr. Barrett worked extensively in Medicare Advantage finance and operations at both health plans and provider groups. 

Travis Broome
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
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. 

Sean Cavanaugh
Sean Cavanaugh is Aledade’s Chief Administrative Officer. Sean has previously served as the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He was responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for-service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. Previously Sean was the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and testing of new payment and service delivery models, including ACOs and medical homes. Prior to that, Sean was Director of Health Care Finance at the United Hospital Fund. He has also served in senior positions at Lutheran Healthcare, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Health Insurance Access, and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Monica Deadwiler 
Monica Deadwiler is the Senior Director for Payment Innovation within Cleveland Clinic’s Finance division.  Monica’s primary focus is alternative payment model strategy development and implementation; such as, Bundled Payments, Centers of Excellence, Accountable Care Organizations and other value based contracts. Monica has been with the Cleveland Clinic for 9 years.  Prior to that, Monica spent 14 years delivering innovative strategies in other industries undergoing structural changes (energy and airlines). She is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Project Management Professional.  Monica holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Rob Fields 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. 

Pam Halvorson
Pam Halvorson is the lead executive of operations for UnityPoint Accountable Care. In addition to this primary role, she serves as the executive sponsor for connecting to community resources in THE Care Model, UnityPoint Health’s population health initiative. She consults, advises and assists UnityPoint regions by providing leadership in strategy and operations for both patient and non-patient care activities for ACO aligned beneficiaries and participants. In the Next Generation ACO program, Ms. Halvorson is responsible for the development and monitoring of implementation strategies and progress, care coordination, culture change and team and community integration activities. Previously, she held positions as the COO at Trimark Physicians Group and regional vice president of clinic operations for UnityPoint Clinic. In these roles, she led the physician groups, critical access hospitals, regional referral center hospitals, community mental health centers, skilled nursing partners, public health and rehabilitation divisions through a transformation of single operating units into fully integrated organized systems of care. Simultaneously, she assumed the executive sponsorship of the successful implementation of the Trinity Pioneer ACO, L.L.C. advocating for CMMI strategies related to rural implementation. Ms. Halvorson graduated from the University of North Dakota in occupational therapy and has held leadership positions in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. She is a former member of the North Dakota State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice, past secretary of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association and past president of the Iowa Occupational Therapy Association. 

Gary Jacobs
Gary Jacobs is a seasoned health care executive with a wide breadth of experience in the government’s market and a concentration on Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Medicare Supplement, long term care, public and private exchanges, individual products and payer/provider collaborations. He has a successful history of developing, selling, and acquiring health care companies. Recognized for quickly assessing the big picture and implementing workable plans to increase revenue and profitability targets, Gary has a keen understanding of public policy and its role in influencing a program’s profitability and ultimate success.

Natasha Jivani
Natasha Jivani, Director in Population Health is the MSSP lead across the CommonSpirit Health Enterprise. She launched Dignity Health’s three initial MSSP ACOs in 2017 and set up a new ACO for the organization under Pathways. She partners with the Care Coordination, Data Analytics, and Quality teams to manage the operational, and financial ROI of value-based initiatives. In addition, she identifies strategic opportunities in the Medicare and commercial contracting space to deepen CommonSpirit’s participation in value-based payment models.

Prior to her work at CommonSpirit, She was a Manager at Avalere Health, based in Washington, D.C., where she provided strategic and analytical support to a range of clients including health systems, health plans, health technology vendors, and life sciences companies related to the Affordable Care Act and the broader shift to value-based care. At Avalere, she also conducted quantitative and qualitative analyses to inform policy positions for clients on new payment and delivery models (e.g., accountable care organizations, bundled payment), health information technology, exchanges, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and facilitated annual advocacy planning sessions for provider and plan clients, identifying priority issues based on feasibility of change, political environment, and financial impact. Natasha also interned at CMS prior to Avalere, where she served as a member of the national Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Eligibility Expansion Team, supporting state efforts to update eligibility determination and enrollment processes. 

Elissa Langley
Elissa Langley is an accomplished health care professional with twenty-seven plus years of payor, provider, and consulting experience.  She is the chief operating officer for Triad HealthCare Network (“THN”) of the Cone Health System. Her responsibilities include assisting with the development, implementation, and operation of THN, an accountable care organization in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Ms. Langley is currently responsible for THN’s operations which include managing over 85,000 covered lives. She serves as a liaison to all payors for THN’s shared savings/risk arrangements, including the Next Generation ACO Program. Additionally, she has managed the implementation of a Medicare Advantage Risk Agreement with Humana and North Texas Specialty Physicians and was instrumental in the development of Cone’s new Medicare Advantage Plan called HealthTeam Advantage. Previously, Ms. Langley has worked for managed care plans such as Humana and Aetna as a network manager. She was part of the initial U.S. Healthcare expansion team into Atlanta, Georgia which grew to over 100,000 members in its first year of operation.   Ms. Langley holds a MHA from Duke University and a BS in zoology from Duke University. 

Melanie Matthews
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.

Denise B. Prince
Denise B. Prince is senior vice president and chief operations officer for population health at Mount Sinai Health System. Most recently, she served as system vice president, value-based care and vice president, population health at Geisinger Health System. Ms. Prince co-led Geisinger’s participation in the CMS Innovation Center's Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative and was the chief executive officer for the Keystone ACO. In addition, she provided senior leadership to the Care Continuum Service Line with operational responsibility for walk-in clinics and post-acute services. Previously, she served as the founder and managing partner for Geisinger Ventures. She was awarded an MBA and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. Ms. Prince currently serves as an advisory board member for the Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry and for the Central PA Food Bank.

Patt Richesin
Patt Richesin currently leads Kootenai Care Network (KCN), a clinically integrated network including Kootenai Health and more than 500 physicians and advanced practice professionals. She also is responsible for the Medicare Shared Savings ACO, Kootenai Accountable Care. Before joining KCN, she served at the national level as vice president, physician strategies and services, Vizient, Inc. leading transformational integrated care model initiatives around the country. Ms. Richesin has held senior executive positions in private and public multi-specialty practices, academic centers, and management services organizations. Launching her career in public health administration at Johns Hopkins University uniquely positioned her for the current focus on population health initiatives. She is recognized nationally for her ability to operationalize complex strategies. She has created many “firsts” for her organizations including the first physician-hospital organization in Wyoming and the first regional accountable care council for Providence Health & Services in northwest western Washington. She also has served on the Medical Group Management Association Government Affairs Committee and Western Section Executive Committee. Ms. Richesin received her MBA with health care concentration from Excelsior College and is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. 

Richard Salhany
Richard Salhany, M.B.A., is an experienced healthcare administrator with extensive experience in operations, medical staff leadership, service line development, project management and population health. He is Senior Vice President Medical Operations, Strategic Planning and Executive Director ACO at Richmond University Medical Center, a 471 bed acute care medical center on Staten Island. Mr. Salhany joined the Medical Center in 2005 after serving as Vice President of Operations at RWJ/Barnabas Health- Clara Maass Medical Center and Northwell- SIUH. As Chief Operating Officer and the on site Administrator, he was instrumental in transitioning the Medical Center from being part of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Health System into an independent organization. His current role at Richmond University is centered around creating and implementing the strategic plan for Richmond University Medical Center and Affiliates. In addition, he has oversight of the development of the Ambulatory Network expanding the Hospital’s footprint significantly throughout Staten Island and Brooklyn. The Physician enterprise under his direction has grown to become an over $22 million dollar Part B revenue stream. Mr. Salhany received his MBA for Wagner College with a focus on management and marketing. His BS in economics/business was from the College of Staten Island as well as his AAS in Medical Technology. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds Diplomate Status in the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and hold Cardiology Administrator Membership in the AAMA.  

David Tyson
David Tyson serves as the Manager of Government Programs Operations for Novant Health, where he leads the analysis of federal regulations and policies impacting the system’s medical group and two Medicare ACOs. Novant Health is an integrated network of 15 inpatient medical centers, over 550 provider clinics and outpatient facilities, and more than 2,500 providers dedicated to improving the health of patients and communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. At Novant Health, David works with providers and system leaders to develop organizational and operational strategies to adapt to an ever-changing regulatory landscape, particularly in the area of value-based care. His particular areas of expertise include the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Quality Payment Program, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Pathways to Success regulations, and provider reimbursement under Medicare Part B. David received his master’s degree from Appalachian State University and holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University

Jessica Walradt
Jessica manages Northwestern Medicine’s government value-based care portfolio, which includes BPCI Advanced, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), the Oncology Care Model (OCM), and components of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Prior to this, she led the Association of American Medical Colleges' policy, advocacy, and data analytic efforts surrounding alternative payment models. She directly supported approximately 60 hospitals’ and provider groups’ efforts to implement Medicare bundled payment programs. Jessica holds an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond.