AHA Endorsement

xG Health’s Bundled Payment Solution has earned the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association.

As healthcare moves toward adopting value-based care delivery models, hospitals are increasingly implementing bundled payments — programs where providers are reimbursed a fixed amount that covers a set of services, defined as an episode of care, for a defined time period. Whether reimbursed by government or commercial payers, such programs reward providers for improving the coordination, quality and efficiency of care.

 

Why did the American Healthcare Association endorse our Bundled Payment Management Solution?

 

xG Health’s Bundled Payment Management Solution helps health systems committed to value-based care improve care coordination, enhance quality of care and patient outcomes, increase efficiency and reduce care costs.

 

Following the proprietary AHA Signature Due Diligence Process™, the AHA awarded its exclusive endorsement to xG Health’s solution for our:

 

  • Proven-reliable approach to improving patient outcomes, while reducing cost of care, which is powered by Geisinger Health System’s ProvenCare evidence-based best-practice care model.
  • Comprehensive array of services and tools that enable us to match solutions to organizations’ individual needs, which includes readiness assessments, care redesign, integrated care management programs, population health analytics and performance-improvement support.
  • Staff that includes clinicians who, with first-hand experience to understand healthcare provider challenges, can work as partners to help providers achieve their goals.

“We found xG Health’s solution stands out for its proven reliability, based on processes refined by Geisinger’s 10-plus years of successful deployment in a clinical setting. xG Health’s staff includes clinicians, who with first-hand understanding of health care provider challenges, can work as partners to help providers navigate their way toward achieving successful bundled payment programs. And unlike many other solutions, which are either narrowly focused or turnkey and uncustomizable, xG Health’s full range of services and tools offers flexibility to serve organizations’ individual situations.”

—Kathleen Wessel, Vice President, Business Management of Health Forum

For more information about our bundled payments services, contact Rocky Edmondson or Andrew Blackmon.

Mike Bertrand
Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer Mike Bertrand is a seasoned software executive with nearly three decades of experience leading the design and development of enterprise healthcare software solutions for hospitals, health systems and healthcare advisory firms.

Before joining xG Health, Mike was vice president of product development for HealthWyse, a leading provider of software solutions for the home healthcare industry. While at HealthWyse, he built and managed a highly regarded development group that was responsible for designing and delivering the leading mobile product for home healthcare professionals.

Previously, Mike spent more than eight years at PatientKeeper, a provider of EHR application integration platforms. As vice president of software development, he led the design and delivery of a large portion of the PatientKeeper product suite. Most notably he spearheaded the design and delivery of PatientKeeper’s computerized physician order entry (CPOE) application, which was voted “Best in KLAS” by KLAS, a leading healthcare research and insights firm. Before joining PatientKeeper, Mike also served as the director of software development for McKesson Corp. and as a software consultant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Andrew Blackmon, MBA, MHS
Chief Sales and Business Development Officer

Chief Sales and Business Development Officer Andrew Blackmon, MBA, MHS, has more than 18 years of experience in healthcare product sales, marketing, and strategy.

Before joining xG Health, Andrew was vice president of sales for population health and risk management solutions at McKesson. He came to McKesson through acquisition of MedVentive, an early population health vendor. Before MedVentive, he served as vice president of enterprise solutions development at MedAssets. He is a past president of the Georgia chapter of HIMSS, and he has held strategy and planning positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Orlando Health.

Andrew has an MBA and a Master’s of Health Science from the University of Florida Warrington, College of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rollins College.

Holly Barbella, RN, MBA

Risk Coordinator, Geisinger Health System

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Earl P. Steinberg, MD, MPP
Chief Executive Officer

Earl P. Steinberg, MD, MPP, is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare quality improvement and serves as xG Health’s chief executive officer. Earl also is an adjunct professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University and a member of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association’s National Medical Advisory Panel.

Before joining xG Health, Earl was executive vice president of Innovation & Dissemination, and chief, Healthcare Solutions Enterprise at Geisinger Health System.

Before joining Geisinger, he was senior vice president for Clinical Strategy, Quality & Outcomes at WellPoint, Inc., the largest commercial health insurer by membership in the US, and president and CEO of Resolution Health Inc. (RHI), a leading healthcare data analysis company that provides innovative quality improvement and cost reduction services to health plans, employers, pharmacy benefit managers, and disease management companies.

Before joining RHI, Earl spent six years as vice president of Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc., director of its Quality Assessment and Improvement Systems Division, and co-director of its Outcomes Studies Group. He also spent 12 years on the full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he was professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management and director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment, and four years on the Federal Physician Payment Review Commission. He co-chaired the Institute of Medicine’s panel on Standards for Development of Trustworthy Practice Guidelines.

Earl has received many awards, including the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar Award in General Internal Medicine (1984), the “Outstanding Young Investigator” Award from the Association for Health Services Research (1988), and a Special Presidential Visionary Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NFK) (2004) for his work as the scientific director of the NKF’s landmark Kidney Disease Outcomes and Quality Initiative, which produced more than 250 clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with end-stage renal disease. He also is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and AcademyHealth, and he has published more than 125 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Earl received his AB from Harvard College (summa cum laude), his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government. He performed his residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.