David B. Nash, MD, MBA - Dean
Jefferson College of Population Health
David B. Nash was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) in 2008. This appointment caps a 25-year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. JCPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future. Its offerings include Masters Programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy, Applied Health Economics and Population Health. JCPH also offers a doctoral program in Population Health Sciences.
Dr. Nash is a board-certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement.
Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope. Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American Association of Physician Leadership in Tampa, FL and leads their academic joint venture with JCPH. He serves on the NQF Task Force on Improving Population Health and the John M. Eisenberg Award Committee for The Joint Commission. He also is a founding member of the AAMC-IQ Steering Committee, the group charged with infusing the tenets of quality and safety into medical education.
Dr. Nash has governance responsibilities for organizations in the public and private sectors. He has chaired the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (HC4) for 18 years and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in the public reporting of outcomes. In the not-for-profit sector, Dr. Nash served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners (now Mercy Partners), in Cincinnati, OH (1998–2008), where he was the inaugural chair of the board committee on Quality and Safety. Currently, he is on the board of Main Line Health, a fourhospital system in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also chairs the board committee on Quality and Safety. In the for-profit sector, Dr. Nash was named to the Board of Directors for Humana, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publically traded healthcare companies, in 2009. In October 2013 he joined the board of Vestex, a privately held advanced medical textile company in Orlando, FL. In 2014 he joined the board of InfoMC, a leading information technology company in suburban Philadelphia. He is on the health care advisory board for both Arsenal Capital Partners in NYC, and the Care Innovations Validation Institute, an Intel Company in Roseville, CA.
Dr. Nash has received many awards in recognition of his achievements. He received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (1995), the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award (1997), and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006 he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. Wharton honored Dr. Nash in 2009 with the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award and in 2012 with the Joseph Wharton Social Impact Award. Also in 2012, he and JCPH received the Philadelphia Business Journal award for innovation in medical education.
Dr. Nash’s work is well known through his many publications, public appearances, “Nash on the Road” blog, and online column on MedPage Today. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and edited 23 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Demand Better, and most recently Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness (2nd edition). He was the inaugural Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine (1984-1989). Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, P&T, and American Health and Drug Benefits.
Dr. Nash received his BA in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College; his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his MBA in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.
Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill, PA, with his wife of more than 35 years, Esther J. Nash, MD. They have 3 adult children.
Senior labor attorney at the national labor and employment law boutique, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete.
Mike Malfitano is a senior labor attorney at the national labor and employment law boutique, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete. He assists employers in problem prevention and legal analysis of complex employment issues. He has represented employers in cases involving every aspect of the employment relationship. He also represents employers in collective bargaining, arbitration, and union avoidance. He counsels employers with respect to employee benefits issues, affirmative action, and in structuring payroll and compensation programs to avoid wage hour, as well as equal pay and discrimination issues.
Mike received a B.S. Degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Florida Super Lawyers. He is the office head of Constangy’s Tampa Office.
Emily Anne Nolte
Emily Anne is a Manager with PwC in the Boston Healthcare Industries market. She has significant experience in physician credentialing, population health payment methodologies, hospital revenue cycle, underpayment analysis and recovery, ICD-10, medical staff offices, price transparency, and patient access. In particular, she focuses her practice on financial concerns requiring change management for clinicians. She possesses 7+ years of healthcare experience with increasing responsibility in a variety of hospital and consulting environments. She is a HFMA CHFP certified.
Emily Anne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Finance and Operations from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She has published and spoken numerous times on patient access and pricing transparency. Emily Anne serves on the Board of Directors for Cancer Support Community of Atlanta and the Alumni Council for Swarthmore College.
Rebekah S. Wallace Pardeck
CMPE, CPC®, MCS-P
Rebekah, a member of BKD National Health Care Group, has more than 20 years of coding, revenue cycle management and operations experience. She provides medical reimbursement consulting and operational reviews for physician clinics, federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and behavioral health centers.
An avid speaker, Rebekah has frequently given lectures and conducted in-depth trainings on operational improvements, revenue enhancements and billing topics at events hosted by state primary care associations and state chapters of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Health Information Management Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers.
She is a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders, a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through the American College of Medical Practice Executives, a Certified Professional Medical Compliance Specialist – Physician (MCS-P) and certified in occupational health practice management through the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals.
Jeffrey E. Allen
Jeff, a partner with BKD, LLP is a member of the BKD National Health Care Group. BKD presently serves approximately 250 community health center clients. Jeff manages audit and cost report preparation services and provides consulting services in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, federal grant reporting and operational issues.
Jeff’s expertise is routinely called upon by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), state primary care associations and the Bureau of Primary Health Care for financial analysis of issues important to community health centers. Jeff has authored articles on community health center accounting as well as operational and reimbursement topics for BKD and other national publications.
Dynamic International Keynote Speaker
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, drama researcher, New York Times best-selling author and trainer who has spent more than 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy teaches people how to turn excuses into results and transform unhappy employees into accountable, successful members of the workforce. Through her prolific work with companies such as Bayer, New York Presbyterian, National Institutes of Health, Hallmark, Verizon Wireless, TD Ameritrade and Wells Fargo, Wakeman has helped eliminate tired, impersonal management techniques in favor of a reality-based revolution.
An expert blogger on FastCompany.com, Forbes.com and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured on the TODAY Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, Success.com, and SHRM.com. She’s written two books, Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (Jossey-Bass; 2010) and The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, & Will Make You Happier (Jossey-Bass; 2013).
Wakeman is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3%of speakers. For more information, please visit http://www.realitybasedleadership.com.
Tom Van Coverden
President and Chief Executive Officer National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. Washington, DC
Tom Van Coverden is the dynamic President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers. In a 40+ year tenure with the association, he is credited with building a strong and effective organization which has become a powerful force – transforming the ideas of nonprofit community health providers into a compelling vision for the nation’s health care.
Community Health Centers serve as the primary medical home for over 25 million people in 9,800 rural and urban communities across America. These community-based “family doctors” enjoy longstanding bipartisan support by Administrations and policymakers at all levels, as well as in both the private and public sectors. Serving at the helm of NACHC, Tom Van Coverden has enhanced the stature and visibility of health centers. In the turbulence of a changing health world, his bold leadership and strategic focus have enabled health centers to meet challenge, strengthen resources, and move forward an aggressive agenda for growth and development. He is recognized as America’s most ardent spokesman and advocate for the health center model of care – believing passionately in its vast potential to expand health care access and improve the quality of life in America’s communities.
Over the years, Tom Van Coverden has worked to broaden partnership with health providers, lawmakers, businesses, foundations, academic institutions, and community activists. He has contributed widely to numerous commissions and high-level task forces bringing state and national focus to community health problems and issues. His charismatic and persuasive personality continues to generate support and investment in health center programs -- opening new opportunity for greater service and contribution. Tom brings to the table legislative expertise and a wealth of experience in the field of health. Few can match his understanding of the health care environment or his “hands on” knowledge of the health care industry.
Prior to his service with NACHC, Tom Van Coverden served on Capitol Hill as a health policy advisor and legislative assistant to the late Congresswoman Martha W. Griffiths (D - MI). He is a graduate of the Detroit Institute of Technology and the University of Detroit.
President, CEO and Founder of Health Business Navigators (HBN)
She spent 18 years on the payer side of the industry and 20 years on the provider side...
Founded HBN in 1999 - a firm that focuses solely on payer contracting and credentialing nationwide. HBN earned the distinction of being an MGMA national AdminiServe Partner for 9 years.
Prior to HBN she was Sr VP of Business Development for US HealthWorks, heading up the acquisition process for 23 deals involving nearly 100 clinics in 7 states that included approximately $100 million in revenue. She renegotiated the payer contracts nationwide and achieved delegated credentialing with all payers.
Earlier in her career she spent 6 years at Allmerica Financial where she was assigned to the project of starting Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS). She oversaw the contracting and credentialing of over 180,000 providers nationwide and headed up Allmerica’s product development for health plans in all 50 states.
She spent 6 years at BCBS Massachusetts where she piloted a number of HMO products and was heavily
involved in self-funded arrangements for employer health plans.
Penny speaks regularly at MGMA national and state conferences, MGMA Financial Management and Payer Contracting specialty conferences, and for DecisionHealth and other local and national orgnizations. She has presented at numerous specialty board meetings for physicians, does webinars, and is called upon by industry news writers for articles and opinions on health plan and credentialing issues and trends. She is known for her practical, candid, methodical, “can do” attitude in tackling the challenges of contracting and credentialing.
But mostly….Penny rolls up her sleeves, negotiating payer agreements and tackling credentialing challenges on a daily basis on behalf of practices nationwide, giving her insight and keeping her up to date on the trends and health care practices’ business issues that need to be understood, renegotiated and/or managed.
Senior Associate, PwC
Lauren is a Senior Associate in PwC's Health Industries Advisory practice, based in New York, NY. She has over eight years of experience in the healthcare provider field, improving efficiencies of providers (FQHC based non-profits, community clinics, not-for-profit hospitals, and AMCs). With both a Master's degree of Business Administration and Social Work, Lauren is experienced in both the clinical and financial aspects of healthcare and has assisted organizations in aligning value and quality.
Lauren is a Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist through NAMSS, and Certified Healthcare Financial Professional through HFMA. She has extensive experience in healthcare financial analysis, population health initiatives, developing policies and procedures for quality improvement, and program management.
Senior Marketing Manager - Clinical - Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.
Tara Doster completed her MBA at Medaille College, Buffalo, NY. She began her career at Ivoclar Vivadent in 2009 as a Marketing Manager managing permanent cements, temporary cements and impression materials. Tara is now a Senior Marketing Manager regularly lectures nationally and internationally to doctors and laboratories about product knowledge, product technique and product demonstration.
Vice President of Clinical Operations - Caresync
In his role as vice president of clinical operations, Dumas manages and develops clinical services functions and provide leadership to ensure excellent patient care, safe operations and high member satisfaction. Dumas also provides direction for the activities and functions of the Clinical Operations Department to improve quality patient care, reduce costs and increase the degree of system integration. A former Naval officer, Dumas has held several significant leadership positions in various healthcare settings, including Allscripts, Napier Healthcare, Bayer Healthcare and Allegheny Health Network.
National Director - Henry Schein
Andrea began her career in public health in Australia and practiced pediatric dentistry for the Tasmanian State Health Department. After moving to the States, she became the dental director for the Utah State Health Department and built and operated a very successful program with regional dental clinics throughout Utah that served at risk populations. She has worked on national policy, Medicaid issues, research and outreach initiatives. In her role with Schein, Andrea has helped CHCs in all aspects of dental operations from how to build a new dental facility to operations, lean spend practices and staff development. Andrea is on the Board of Directors for NNOHA and serves on several public health committees.
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CEO - Credible
With more than 25 years’ experience in technology management, operations, finance and investment banking and 18 years of political and government understanding and knowledge, Mr. Dorman has driven Credible from a start-up with a Mission to improve the quality of care in behavioral health to a profitable, financially stable company with over 300 Partner Agencies, annual revenues exceeding $20,000,000 and more than 150 staff spanning 31 states and D.C. Prior to starting Credible and growing Credible to a leadership role in the Behavioral Health Enterprise software market, Mr. Dorman managed a $40 million E-Commerce division for Lockheed Martin. Previously, Mr. Dorman worked in the private sector managing turn-arounds and providing investment banking and management consulting. Prior to his MBA, Mr. Dorman worked in county and state government in Maryland as well as on Capitol Hill. He earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware.
Nancy Jaeckels Kamp
Managing Principal - Health Management Associates, Inc.
Nancy specializes in quality, safety, strategic planning, implementation of and training for integrated care management models and development of the clinical infrastructure of behavioral health integration models and ACOs. Nancy has over 25 years of health care experience in direct patient care nursing and laboratory medicine, quality and safety using Lean methodology, development and implementation of models of best practice, and operational leadership. As vice president for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement for 15 years, Nancy has lead multiple, multi-organization, multi-state learning collaboratives and developed and led training throughout the learning collaboratives. Nancy has led multiple other projects involving primary care integration with behavioral health, across integrated health systems and ACO models, bridging transitions and developing partnerships from and with primary to specialty, and inpatient to outpatient. Nancy also lead a state-wide implementation of medical home including; design, infrastructure development, training, implementation, development of a new payment methodology, aligning quality regulatory and financial incentives, and evaluation and ongoing improvement of the systems.
Marketing - Philips Ambulatory Telehealth Programs.
Svenja Sanders is leading Marketing efforts for Philips Ambulatory Telehealth Programs. In this role, she provides strategic marketing support to Philips sales team, and positions evidence-based research to differentiate Philips telehealth offerings.
Svenja holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she was part of the Varsity Rowing Team. Svenja is originally from Germany.
Harm J. Scherpbier MD MS
Chief Medical Officer - Philips Population Health Management
Dr. Harm Scherpbier is Chief Medical Officer at Philips Population Health Management, responsible for product strategy and population health initiatives. He manages industry analyst relationships and leads physician-directed implementation projects.
Dr. Scherpbier is Adjunct Faculty at the Jefferson College of Population Health, teaching Health Informatics and Population Health Analytics, both on-line and in-person.
Before joining Philips, Dr. Scherpbier was Chief Medical Information Officer at Main Line Health, a 5-hospital Integrated Health Network near Philadelphia, PA, where he was responsible for the implementation of healthcare information systems and electronic patient records for physicians, nurses and other clinicians throughout the health system. He held positions in software engineering and product management at Siemens Health Services, CareScience, Aetna US Healthcare and SMS.
Dr. Scherpbier was born and raised in the Netherlands. He completed his medical training at the University of Groningen, and his MS in Medical Informatics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
Jacqueline C. Leifer
Senior partner with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell
Ms. Leifer counsels national, regional and state primary care associations, and serves as General Counsel to the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. Ms. Leifer also advises hundreds of federally qualified health centers (“FQHCs”) and other community-based healthcare providers, health center–controlled networks and managed care companies. Ms. Leifer handles a variety of corporate matters, including corporate formation and restructuring, consolidations and affiliations between and among FQHCs, local health departments, health systems, hospitals, rural health clinics, private group practices, oral health providers and behavioral health providers. Ms. Leifer is also recognized for her work in healthcare compliance, advising on a broad range of high risk issues, including Federal grants management, 340B, FTCA, tax, anti-kickback and false claims. Ms. Leifer helped create the graduate healthcare compliance certificate program at George Washington University, where she is a Professorial Lecturer.
Prior to joining the law firm in 1980, Ms. Leifer was an Attorney Advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as principal counsel to the Bureau of Community Health Services (now the Bureau of Primary Health Care).
Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA
President and Chief Executive Officer - Clinical Pharmacology Services, Inc.
Dr. Daniel Buffington is on the faculty at the University of South Florida Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and serves as an experiential preceptor for colleges across the country. He is also the President and Practice Director at Clinical Pharmacology Services, located in Tampa, FL.
Dr. Buffington, is a clinical pharmacology specialist and manages an innovative medication therapy management consulting, serves as a principal investigator for Phase II & III clinical trials, and manages a national drug information service that provides clinical support for medical practices, health systems, and health plans and forensic pharmacology support for medical examiners, law enforcement, and state and federal courts.
The practice focuses on patients taking chronic or high-risk medications and providing collaborative consultation with health care providers and 340b facilities to improve health outcomes and patient safety.
He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association and represents pharmacists on the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) editorial panel. He is serving as a Medication Safety Expert with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality and the Center (CCSQ) for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in the CMS innovation center, focused on improving health outcomes, reducing adverse drug events, and optimizing medication therapy.
His interests include development of innovative practice models, improving medication utilization and patient safety, quality-based service reimbursement, and developing health informatics and specialty analytic tools that increase the accuracy and efficiency of data exchange at the point of patient care.
Sabino C Marquez
Principal Consultant - TruSec Consulting
Sabino Marquez is an Information Risk Strategist and Practice Director of Information Risk, Privacy & Cybersecurity at TruSec Consulting. He is a highly accomplished business leader with proven success in building, enhancing, and managing enterprise risk, security and information governance programs aligned to strategic business objectives. Sabino helps organizations elevate the discipline of information risk management to a competitive differentiator and centerpiece of customer trust. His current professional focus is the strategic convergence of information risk management, data security, information privacy, and social risk
Product Management - Greenway Health
Shannon Feighny is a Manager in Product Management at Greenway Health, helping to create the vision for the Intergy practice management and EHR software.
She has over 25 years of healthcare experience, including 17 years in Health IT where she managed, maintained, administered, and trained on various practice management and clinical solutions. Shannon comes to Greenway Health with experience as an Applications Manager at a multispecialty practice where Intergy was used in their suite of products. As a past user and in her current role, she gained a unique perspective to serve as the voice of the customer for the future of Greenway Health’s Intergy product.
Shannon is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and of DeVry University (Denver Technical College) in Technical Systems Administration.
Principal Systems Engineer- Citrix Systems
As a Principal Systems Engineer @ Citrix Systems, John is responsible for the technical expertise and guidance for the secure delivery of applications and data for customers across Southern Florida including Health Choice Networks.
John is an established, results driven IT professional with a proven 20-year track record of industry experience in virtualization, solution design, implementation and consulting. John maintains an established history of being a trusted advisor both from a technical and business perspective. Passionate about technology and has the ability to assimilate to new solutions rapidly. John’s technical proficiency allows conversations and projects to go deep and wide on an entire portfolio of application delivery solutions to help solve business needs for customers from a multitude of industry verticals.
Product Analyst - Greenway Health
As a product analyst on the Consumer Services team, Christopher Swartz helps shape the direction of the Greenway Patient Portal and Messaging solutions. Chris is committed to the idea that if we can more effectively engage patients using the technology they already have in their pockets, we can positively affect outcomes throughout the continuum of healthcare.
During his 4 years with Greenway Health, Chris has had the opportunity to be involved in the entire lifecycle of a project, from implementation to support. He has supported and trained a variety of products including, Intergy, SuccessEHS, and Medical Manager. Chris now uses these experiences to guide him toward collaborative solutions on the Product Management team. Before joining Greenway Health, Chris spent time in digital advertising and five years working in the insurance industry.
Fred D. Rachman, MD
Chief Executive Officer - AllianceChicago
Dr. Rachman has been with Alliance Chicago since its inception in 1997, assuming the role of CEO in 2003. In his role as CEO, Dr. Rachman has overall responsibility for AllianceChicago programs, including strategic direction, assurance of appropriate resources, and external relationships. He also serves as co-director of the Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC). Dr. Rachman is an attending physician in pediatrics at Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Memorial Hospitals and sees patients at Erie Family Health Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and serves on the Illinois Health Information Exchange Advisory Committee. Dr. Rachman is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine (MD) and Johns Hopkins University (BA), and completed post-graduate courses in Ethics, Economics, and Healthcare Management at Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Pediatrics.
Technical Business Analyst - Greenway Health
George has formal academic training in information technology-based competencies, as well as, over two years of experience in the Health IT industry for Greenway Health. George has a passion for technology and analytics, and strives to deliver the best possible solutions for Providers to analyze their patient populations and accurately report on many important regulatory and value-based reimbursement programs.
As a Technical Business Analyst, George is responsible for collecting business and technical requirements from users, interpreting Healthcare Industry regulatory programs and trends, and documenting these requirements and regulations so the Intergy Practice Analytics Development Team can deliver the best possible reporting and analytics tools to Greenway Health customers.
George earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management from Kent State University and a Master of Internet Technology from University of Georgia.
Andrew R. Behrman
President and Chief Executive Officer - Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.
Andrew Behrman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. Andrew has focused attention on strengthening the association’s legislative influence, marketing and advocacy issues, group alignment and partnerships. He serves on numerous statewide and national level legislative and governmental committees and organizations. Prior to his current position, he was the CEO of the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network and served as its founding CEO for 8 years. He was the Center Director for the Everglades AHEC (Area Health Education Center), the first AHEC in Florida, and was involved in developing the Florida AHEC Network. Andrew began his career in health services at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a 700-bed teaching hospital in Miami.
He has most recently concentrated his efforts on assisting other organizations primarily in board training and leadership strategies relating to business development. Andrew has authored numerous articles and publications in areas of healthcare, strategic development, organizational dynamics, and leadership and has presented at state and national conferences. He holds a BS in Health Services Administration, and an MBA from the University of Florida. Andrew served in Vietnam with the United States Navy.
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