News Release
January 14, 2020 

David Pittman
NAACOS Health Policy and Communications Advisor
[email protected] 

NAACOS Announces 2020 Board of Directors 

Washington – The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) announced its 2020 Board of Directors, as the organization grows in prominence and ACOs become an increasingly critical part of how health care is paid for and delivered. The Board of Directors helps set NAACOS’ advocacy and member services for its more than 350 ACO members. The 2020 Board consists of 10 seats for single ACOs, five seats for organizations with multiple ACOs, one private payer ACO seat, and the CEO, Clif Gaus. 

An election was held in the fall for the one open seat with the following result: 

Single-ACO Representatives (three-year term):

  • Melanie Matthews, Physicians of Southwest Washington and MultiCare Connected Care 

The following board officers were appointed by the Board:

  • Chair: Thomas Kloos, Atlantic ACO and Optimus Healthcare Partners
  • Chair-Elect: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Treasurer: Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care
  • Secretary: Emily Brower, Trinity Health
  • Member-at-Large: Gary Albers, Imperium Health 

Continuing board members include: Gary Albers, Imperium Health; Travis Broome, Aledade; Emily Brower, Trinity Health; Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System; Lorri Havlovitz, Wellcare Health Plans; Kimberly Kauffman; Thomas Kloos, Atlantic ACO and Optimus Healthcare Partners;  Jen Moore, MaineHealth ACO; Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care; Anthony Reed, Ascension; Jamie Reedy, Summit Medical Group – New Jersey; Devdutta Sangvai, Duke Connected Care; Katherine Schneider, Delaware Valley ACO; Sandra Van Trease, BJC HealthCare; Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health; and Clif Gaus, NAACOS President and CEO.  

See the complete list of the NAACOS Board of Directors as well as biographies for board members.

ACOs are a market-based solution to help lower the cost of healthcare spending, where groups of doctors, hospitals and other providers take responsibility for the total cost and quality of care for their patients. ACOs are incentivized to lower costs by spending less than pre-determined targets and hitting quality measures, earning the right to share generated savings.