Accountable for Health @ Health Care Value Week Conference

Join Accountable for Health at the Health Care Value Week Conference to celebrate the progress of Value Based Care in improving people’s lives. Registration is FREE! Registration closed.

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8:00 amBreakfast
8:40 amWelcome
Mara McDermott, CEO, Accountable for Health
8:45 amCongressional Remarks
Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL)
9:00 amOutlook for Accountable Care on Capitol Hill

  • Andrew McKechnie, Tiber Creek Group (moderator)
  • Sarah Levin, Professional Staff, House Ways and Means Committee
  • Conor Sheehey, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Senate Finance Committee
  • Meghan O’Toole, Senior Advisor, Office of the CMS Administrator
9:35 amWhat People Want from the Health Care System: Accountable Care

  • Melanie Matthews, CEO, PSW (moderator)
  • Sarah Coombs, Director for Health System Transformation, National Partnership for Women and Families
  • Melanie Phelps, Senior Advocacy Advisor, American Heart Association
  • Kristin Wikelius, Chief Program Officer, United States of Care
  • Brandon Wilson, Senior Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Innovation, Community Catalyst
10:20 amNetworking Break
10:35 amSuccesses in Accountable Care: CMS Innovation Center Models

  • Liz Fowler, Director, CMS Innovation Center (moderator)
  • Chris Riopelle, CEO and Co-Founder, Strive Health
  • Liz Canis, COO, Wellvana
  • Donna Littlepage, Senior Vice President, Accountable Care Strategies, Carilion Clinic
11:10 amFireside Chat: Administration Perspective on Accountable Care

  • Clare Pierce-Wrobel, Director of Delivery System Reform, The White House
  • Dr. David Brailer, Chief Health Officer, The Cigna Group
11:45 amCongressional Remarks
11:50 amBoxed Lunch
12:05 pmOutlook for Accountable Care in 2024 and Beyond

  • Adam Boehler, Former Director, CMS Innovation Center
  • Tim Gronniger, Senior Advisor, Signify Health, Former CEO, Caravan Health, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, CMS
  • Mara McDermott, CEO, Accountable for Health (moderator)
12:40 pmClosing
Mara McDermott, CEO, Accountable for Health


Speaker Bios

Adam Boehler, Former Director, CMS Innovation Center
Adam Boehler is the founder and Managing Partner of Rubicon Founders, an entrepreneurial healthcare investment firm focused on building and growing transformational companies. Adam has extensive experience in investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation in both the private sector and in the U.S. Government.

Adam founded three successful businesses and is widely regarded as a leader in the healthcare and private investment sectors. Most recently, Adam founded and served as CEO of Landmark Health, a company delivering around-the-clock medical care to chronically ill patients in their homes. During Adam’s tenure, Landmark grew to be the largest home-based medical group in the country, with over 1,000 employees serving 80,000 patients.

While at Landmark, Adam was recruited to lead healthcare innovation for the United States, serving as Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Director of the Innovation Center at CMS (CMMI) where he focused on transforming the American healthcare system to create better outcomes for patients at lower cost. Adam was also a founding member of Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership which ultimately led to the first COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.

Following HHS, Adam was appointed by the President and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the first Chief Executive Officer of the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. Government’s international investment arm. Adam served on the negotiating team for the Abraham Accords and is the recipient of the Department of Defense’s highest civilian medal for his work. Adam is currently a board member at the Atlantic Council and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dr. David Brailer, Chief Health Officer, The Cigna Group
David Brailer is an American physician recognized for his pioneering leadership in health care, particularly in the use of health information technology. Over the past three decades, Dr. Brailer has built a variety of private and public sector organizations that improve access to and quality of health care.

In September 2022, Dr. Brailer was named the Chief Health Officer of Cigna. As Cigna’s first Chief Health Officer, Dr. Brailer brings together the company’s products, technologies, and services to create breakout health improvements for the 190 million people the company serves.

In 2007, Dr. Brailer founded Health Evolution Partners, a private equity firm that invested in companies seeking to transform health care. In 2011, he founded Health Evolution, an organization that convenes health care leaders as they navigate rapidly changing forces in the industry. Dr. Brailer serves as Chairman of Health Evolution.

Liz Canis, COO, Wellvana
Liz Canis is the Chief Operating Officer at Wellvana and chief dot connector among payors, primary care physicians, specialists and health systems to operationalize the next generation of patient-centered care delivery solutions. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Liz is recognized across the healthcare industry as an innovator and change agent and has been repeatedly sought after to lead groundbreaking enterprise initiatives.

At Wellvana, Liz leads a team of seasoned clinicians and value-based care enablement experts to implement a high-touch medical management strategy proven to lower the cost of care, increase provider satisfaction and improve patient outcomes. Partnering across MA, ACO Reach and MSSP Medicare models and commercial lives, Wellvana benefits from Liz’s track record of operational excellence.

Prior to Wellvana, Liz lead enterprise initiatives in the Office of the CEO of two Fortune 30 healthcare companies — United Health Group and Elevance Health – and has served as Executive Advisor to several healthcare innovation firms and incubators.

Liz currently serves on the Board of Directors for Thyme Care, an oncology value-based care company, and she is on the advisory board for Cayaba Care and HealthTrackRx. Previously, Liz was a board member for VIM, CareEvolution, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North Dakota.  She also is a former advisory board member for the UCSF Rosenman Institute.

Sarah Coombs, Director for Health System Transformation, National Partnership for Women and Families
Sarah Coombs is director for health system transformation at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she manages policy and programmatic work on health access and system transformation, including health equity, health coverage and affordability, and payment and delivery system transformation.

Prior to her work at the National Partnership, Sarah worked in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she contributed to the policy development and implementation of the Affordable Care Act and delivery system transformation initiatives. Before that, Sarah worked at the Office of Management and Budget, where she coordinated the Health Division’s development of the federal health budget and oversight responsibilities of Medicare, Medicaid and Marketplace coverage. Sarah received her master’s in public health from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and her bachelor’s in government and legal studies and French from Bowdoin College.

Liz Fowler, Director, CMS Innovation Center
Elizabeth Fowler, Ph.D., J.D., is the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center). Dr. Fowler previously served as Executive Vice President of programs at The Commonwealth Fund and Vice President for Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson. Liz was special assistant to President Obama on health care and economic policy at the National Economic Council. In 2008-2010, she was Chief Health Counsel to Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role developing the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act. She also played a key role drafting the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA). Liz has over 25 years of experience in health policy and health services research. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her research focused on risk adjustment, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Minnesota. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Liz is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Tim Gronniger, Senior Advisor, Signify Health, Former CEO, Caravan Health, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, CMS
Tim Gronniger has served as Executive Vice President, Accountable Care for Signify Health since March 2022. Tim has also held the role of CEO and President of Caravan Health, a part of Signify Health, since 2019 where he leads the implementation of successful ACO and population health initiatives. Tim 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, implementation of the new physician payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, and creation of new payment models among other responsibilities. Previously, he was a senior adviser for health care policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council and held senior roles on Capitol Hill. He received a Master of Public Policy, a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University.

Sarah Levin, Deputy Staff Director, House Ways and Means Committee
Sarah Levin is Deputy Staff Director for the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means under Ranking Member Richard Neal.  Prior to joining the Committee in 2015, Sarah worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and a Member of Congress from New Hampshire.  Sarah holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Sarah went to college at Duke University, and her eldest daughter’s first true sentence was “Go Duke.” She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.

Donna Littlepage, Senior Vice President, Accountable Care Strategies, Carilion Clinic
Donna Littlepage is a Senior Vice President of Accountable Care Strategies at Carilion Clinic.  She is heavily involved in Carilion’s work with Value Based Care and transformation of the healthcare payment system and in partnership with her physician dyad partner leads Carilion’s ACO.   In her roles with Carilion Clinic over the past thirty-four years, she has had financial responsibility for hospitals, the physician group, health plans, transportation services, retail pharmacy and revenue cycle.  She was also the Founding Chief Financial Officer of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine until its integration into Virginia Tech.  In addition, she is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association as well as a former member of their National Advisory Council.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Tech and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She is the recipient of the HFMA Medal of Honor Award, the 2013 DePaul Women of Achievement award and the 2014 Influential Women of Virginia award presented by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.  She serves on the board of several not-for-profit healthcare organizations in and around Roanoke, Virginia.

Melanie Matthews, CEO, PSW
PSW’s Chief Executive Officer of PSW since 2016, Melanie was also appointed President of MultiCare Care Connected (MCC) in 2019. She has 27+ years of healthcare experience, with a focus on the delivery of value-based care in various medical group settings.

Mara McDermott, CEO and Founder, Accountable for Health
Mara McDermott is the Chief Executive Officer of Accountable for Health, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization committed to accelerating the adoption of effective accountable care. She is an accomplished healthcare executive with deep expertise in federal healthcare law and policy, including delivery system reform, physician payment and payment models.

Andrew McKechnie, Tiber Creek Group
Andrew McKechnie served as policy advisor to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) when he was Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee. In that role with Sen. Grassley and the Finance Committee, Andrew worked extensively on multiple issues related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare reforms, and general health policy.

Clare Pierce-Wrobel, Director of Delivery System Reform, The White House Domestic Policy Council
Clare Pierce-Wrobel serves as Director of Delivery System Reform on the White House Domestic Policy Council where she oversees policy related to Medicare Advantage and Part D, payment reform, health care competition, health IT, and drug prices. She previously served as Counselor to Secretary Xavier Becerra at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped to launch the new agency ARPA-H, and on the Biden-Harris Transition Team. Prior to returning to government, she was Senior Director with the Health Care Transformation Task Force, and held an adjunct faculty appointment at George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. She started her career in government at HHS where she helped to implement the HITECH Act and Affordable Care Act, and led the State Innovation Model at CMMI.

Meghan O’Toole, Senior Advisor to the CMS Administrator
Meghan O’Toole is the senior advisor for Medicare for CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.  In this role, she advises the Administrator on issues related to Medicare payment, including implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act’s drug pricing provisions, as well as value-based care and models tested by the CMS Innovation Center.  Previously, Meghan served as the senior health and domestic policy advisor for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).  She has also worked on Medicare policy and legislation at the Office of Legislation at CMS, on the health policy team at the Center for American Progress, and at Mathematica Policy Research.  Meghan has an undergraduate degree in public policy from Duke University and a master’s degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Melanie G. Phelps, DrPH, JD, Senior Advocacy Advisor, American Heart Association
Melanie Phelps is an experienced leader in health policy and advocacy who is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing for all people through transforming the health care payment and delivery system and rethinking how we look at health. Melanie currently serves as senior advocacy advisor, health system transformation, for the American Heart Association where she focuses on health care delivery and payment reforms.

Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Melanie served as senior vice president, Health System Innovation, and deputy general counsel for the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), where she was employed for over 21 years. While at the NCMS, Melanie focused on a wide variety of health policy issues and represented the interests of the medical community in public and private forums.  She provided research on legislative and regulatory matters and general legal and policy guidance on many of the issues impacting health care but more recently focused her attention on issues related to the transition to value-driven health care, improving health, and connecting the traditional health care system with community health partners to address determinants of health.

Melanie recently earned her DrPH in health leadership from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also has her JD from NC Central University and is a licensed attorney in North Carolina.

Chris Riopelle, CEO and Co-Founder, Strive Health
Chris Riopelle has spent almost his entire career working to better the lives of under-served patient populations in a way that drives alignment and value for patients, providers, and payors. Chris entered the healthcare world in 1995 and joined GeriMed, a geriatric value-based care company that sparked his interest in both underserved patient populations and risk-bearing healthcare businesses. He spent 10 years in the kidney care industry in a variety of roles at Gambro and DaVita, culminating in leading a $1B division of the dialysis company. Chris also served as COO of LaVie Care Centers a $1B private-equity backed skilled nursing company, where he was part of a team that led the cultural, financial, and operational turnaround and sale of the company. In 2013, he was recruited to serve as CEO of NorthStar Anesthesia, a private-equity backed anesthesia management company that grew from $130m to nearly $500m in revenue.

After NorthStar was sold in 2018, Chris began to focus on the next chapter. He was intent on taking a large swing at a large problem, with a focus on chronic diseases and poor transitions in healthcare. He quickly narrowed in on a set of patients he loves who deserve a better patient journey – kidney patients. Co-founding Strive Health has allowed Chris to blend his professional experiences and his passion for serving patients in need. He is deeply committed to fundamentally changing how kidney care works in America and helping to build an amazing company while he’s at it.

Today Strive Health is leading the value-based kidney care industry, serving more than 28,000 patients in 7 states.  Having raised more than $220 million of capital from leading investors and now home to nearly 300 “Strivers”, Strive is transforming how kidney care is delivered in this country.  In recognition of the progress the Strive team has made, Chris was named an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year for the Mountain Desert Region in 2021.

Conor Sheehey, Senate Finance Committee
Conor Sheehey serves as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Minority Staff of the Senate Finance Committee, where he handles a range of health care issues, including drug pricing and Medicare Parts B and D.  Prior to joining committee staff, Conor spent four years in the Office of Senator Tim Scott, where he ultimately served as Deputy Legislative Director.  Before coming to Capitol Hill, Conor was a Teach For America Corps Member in the Bronx while earning his Master’s degree.  Conor received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, which he attended as a Jefferson Scholar.

Kristin Wikelius, Chief Program Officer, United States of Care
Kristin Wikelius will lead the effort to identify state-based, scalable policy solutions. She will oversee state and federal policy work, enabling the organization to work towards finding solutions that put health care over politics.

Kristin comes to US of Care with deep experience in the health policy sector. Most recently, she served in the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) since 2010, where she worked on issues related to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Prior to her service at CMS, Kristin worked on Capitol Hill for nearly a decade providing counsel to members of Congress, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

Kristen holds a BA from Williams College and a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Brandon Wilson, Senior Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Innovation, Community Catalyst
The Center conducts community-based research to better understand how inequities in the US health system drive poor health outcomes for historically-excluded communities, and drives practice and policy strategies based on its findings. Dr. Wilson is also a member of the organization’s senior management team.

Previously, Dr. Wilson served as a senior public health advisor with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Minority Health (OMH). Dr. Wilson led OMH’s efforts on sexual orientation and gender inclusion data collection, policy efforts in post-acute care settings, and social determinants of health. Dr. Wilson also led two models at CMS (the Accountable Health Communities Model and the Health Care Innovation Awards) and spearheaded its health equity working group, which laid the foundation the Centers’ embedding of health equity into its strategic plan.