Innovations in Care Delivery

xghs-horizontal-innovations-conf-3-grayMarch 29 and 30, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland

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Thank you, everyone who attended the Innovations in Care Delivery event this March 2017 and for making the event successful. Details for information on next year’s conference will be provided in the future and don’t forget to register early for Innovations in 2018!

No matter how you look at it, change is, and will continue to be, the future of healthcare in the United States. Evolving legislative priorities, MACRA, MIPS, APMs and mandatory bundles, as well as higher costs, admissions and readmission rates are driving a fundamental redesign of healthcare delivery — organizations still need to figure out how to deliver higher quality at lower costs!

To help you increase quality, efficiency and value, xG Health Solutions — powered by Geisinger Health System’s proven innovations and tools — offers a free conference on strategies for success in value transformation.

This one-and-a-half day gathering will provide exclusive insights on a range of initiatives and interventions, provide real-world details, and offer practical solutions that have helped Geisinger and other hospitals and health systems around the country achieve their quality and cost objectives through innovative care management. Some of the key topics we will cover include:

  • Advanced Population Health Management
  • System-wide Care Management Integration
  • Bundled Payment Models
  • Practice Transformation
  • Coordinating Care Through EMRs
  • And more…

 

You’ll also have an opportunity to network with leaders from xG Health, Geisinger and other organizations from across the country.

Who Should Attend?

This program is primarily designed for senior-level healthcare provider and payer executives, as well as leaders responsible for the planning for and operational leadership of innovation initiatives, population health management, and integration of care management activities, particularly in the area of care redesign.

xG Health clients will also share success stories on their use of xG and Geisinger strategies and interventions to engage physicians and members of the care team to drive improved quality and lower cost of care.

Details

Cost: $0 — no charge for attendees!

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All attendees will be responsible for their own travel, hotel, and incurred expenses.

For more information, contact xG Health at (800) 881-6672 or conferences@xghealth.com.

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, registration for the Innovations Conference on-site is at capacity. Thank you, and don’t forget to register early for Innovations in 2018!

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Rocky Edmondson RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN
Senior Director, Bundled Payments, Care Redesign and Management Advisors, xG Health Solutions

Rocky Edmondson is the Senior Director of Bundled Payments for Care Redesign and Management Advisors at xG Health Solutions. Rocky has been involved in workflow redesign, program implementation, and analytic evaluation of Bundled Payment Programs across the country, and he coaches Hospitals, Health Systems, Post-Acute Providers, and Physician Groups on how to successfully implement care redesign in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) and CJR Programs.

Rocky’s passion is helping people to understand the intricacies of Bundled Payment Programs. He has a talent for teaching people how to cut through all the noise and just do the things that matter to be successful in these programs.

Rocky holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii Maui, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Boise State University.

Prior to joining xG Health Solutions, Rocky was the Southeast Region Director of Clinical Operations for Remedy Partners, overseeing program design, implementation and analytic evaluations for Bundled Payment Programs. Prior to embarking on a career in Bundled Payments, Rocky was a Registered Nurse for 18 years, working in a number of positions within Critical Care. Before becoming a Nurse, Rocky was an Institutional Broker at Merrill Lynch and advised a number of healthcare systems and large corporations on cash management strategies. In addition, Rocky has started several businesses and provided consulting for small business startups. Rocky served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Recon Marine.

Janet Comrey RN, BSN, MHSA
Director, Population Health Solutions, Geisinger Health System

Janet Comrey, RN, BSN, MHSA has over 30 years of diversified nursing and leadership experience at Geisinger Health system and currently serves as Director of a small department embedded within Population Health. One of her key roles is managing the Bundle Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program since January 2014 earning an overall positive net payment reconciliation to date. Janet also serves as the coordinator for Project Achieve at Geisinger which is a national PCORI funded study related to patient’s perceptions of transitions of care.

Janet received her nursing education through Geisinger’s diploma program, her BSN through Bloomsburg University, and later earned her graduate degree from Marywood University. During her tenure at Geisinger she taught quality improvement methodology and facilitated improvement teams the Geisinger Quality Institute. She is currently enrolled in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Advisory program.

Professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, American Society for Quality.

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.

Rob Andrews
Chief Executive Officer, Health Transformation Alliance

Robert E. Andrews currently serves as the CEO of the Health Transformation Alliance and President of the American Health Policy Institute. Rob led the Government Affairs practice at Dilworth Paxson law firm for two years before joining the HTA.

Rob served as a Member of the United States House of Representatives for nearly 24 years. Upon his departure from the House, President Barack Obama praised Rob’s service as “an original author of the Affordable Care Act…and a vital partner in its passage and implementation,” and cited his “tenacity and skill” in representing the people of New Jersey.

Rob is married to Camille Spinello Andrews, an Associate Dean at Rutgers Law School, and a former Dilworth partner. They are raising their daughters, Jacquelyn and Josie, and reside in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

Mr. Andrews’ representative experience includes: Member of the House of Democratic Leadership as Co-Chairman of the Steering Policy Committee; Senior Democratic Member and former Chairman of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce (The HELP subcommittee has jurisdiction over the ERISA law, dealing with all employee benefits, the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, dealing with employment, as well as all other labor and employment laws); Senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, with responsibility for all military defense matters; Senior Democratic member and the former Chairman of the Defense Committee Panel on Defense Procurement Reform; Senior Democratic member and former Chairman of the Defense Committee Panel on Audit of the Pentagon; Participant, White House Summit on Health Care Reforms (2009 and 2010); One of the Original Authors of the Affordable Care Act; One of the original authors of the Defense Procurement Reform Law (2009); and he holds record for the highest number of votes ever received by a U.S. House candidate in the history of the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Andrews’ professional and community activities include his time as former Director of Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Mr. Andrews has been a keynote speaker at charitable, educational and governmental events for 30 years, including: Bucknell University commencement; Rutgers Law School commencement; and Rutgers Camden commencement. He is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNBC.

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc
Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality, CMS and Director, CMMI

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, is the CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality. CMS is responsible for overseeing the programs that serve the over 140 million Americans that access health care services through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. He and the CMS team focus on health system transformation by improving quality, affordability, access to care, and health outcomes.

Dr. Conway is also Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at CMS. The CMS Innovation Center is responsible for testing numerous new payment and service delivery models across the nation that reward quality and value. Models include accountable care organizations, bundled payments, primary care medical homes, state innovation models, and many more. These models involve millions of people and hundreds of thousands of providers across the nation. Successful models can be scaled nationally. The CMS Innovation Center budget is $10 billion over 10 years.

In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He is a practicing pediatric hospitalist and was selected as a Master of Hospital Medicine from the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has received the President’s Distinguished Senior Executive Rank and HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service awards. These are the President’s and Secretary’s highest distinction for executive excellence. He is a former White House Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and leader of quality improvement, quality measurement, research, and clinical operations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital Boston, graduated with High Honors from Baylor College of Medicine, and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University. He is a national and international leader in health system transformation, quality, and innovation.

Herman Jenich, MPP 
Chief Analytics Officer

Chief Analytics Officer Herman Jenich, MPP, oversees the ongoing design and development of the company’s complete portfolio of product and service offerings. He is also accountable for the full breadth of xG Health’s analytics and decision support, including strategy, requirements, tool selection, predictive analytics, testing, and user experience. He is a certified professional in Healthcare Quality, and he served for 12 years as a certified HEDIS compliance auditor.

Before joining xG Health, Herman was WellPoint’s vice president for Clinical and Financial Solutions, owning the enterprise information management and analytical strategy for all clinical functions (including care management, utilization management, wellness, and innovations) as well as for actuarial and finance. Before working at WellPoint, he served as Health Management Corporation’s vice president of Clinical Informatics, where he led the client reporting, outcomes measurement, predictive modeling, information management, and research functions to support disease management, wellness, and other clinical programs.

Herman also spent five years at Empire BlueCross BlueShield, where he led the Informatics and Quality Improvement Departments and built the predictive modeling and outcomes analytics that supported Empire’s care management programs. In addition, he spent seven years at IPRO, New York’s quality improvement organization, where he led work in various managed care information system and analytical areas, including HEDIS auditing and encounter data validation. He has also served as an evaluator for the US Government Accountability Office, where he assessed the performance of federal health and human service agencies and reviewed the effectiveness of healthcare payment policies.

Herman received a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his BA in Biology from Oberlin College.

Janet Tomcavage, RN, MSN
Chief Population Health Officer of the Geisinger Health System

Janet Tomcavage is the Chief Population Health Officer for Geisinger Health System. In this role, she has administrative accountability for Geisinger’s population health strategies and solution implementation across the clinical and health plan platforms. This includes population health management functions supporting ProvenHealth Navigator® (Geisinger’s advanced medical home), the Keystone ACO, inpatient and ambulatory case/utilization management, wellness, health management, clinical informatics, and Geisinger’s hospital platform bed management / patient placement services. In addition, Ms. Tomcavage has accountability for Geisinger’s care continuum services including Home Health and Hospice, skilled nursing facilities and LIFE Geisinger (PACE program), and serves as Chair of the board of directors for Geisinger Community Health Services. Ms. Tomcavage is also leading a collaborative effort with multiple community organizations to improve the social determinants of health for patients, members, and the community served by Geisinger.

Ms. Tomcavage also served as a member of the original senior executive team for xG Health Solutions™, an independently operated venture making Geisinger’s intellectual property and expertise available to other healthcare systems. At xG Health, she led efforts to export Geisinger’s population health tools and services specifically related to primary care practice redesign, care management and clinical informatics.

Ms. Tomcavage earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Bloomsburg State University and her master of science in nursing from College Misericordia. She has co-authored many publications on patient – centered primary care, diabetes, case management and the expanded role of nursing in healthcare. Ms. Tomcavage has lectured nationally on successfully driving transformation within healthcare and leveraging population health to achieve high quality and affordable healthcare.

Ms. Tomcavage was the first nurse at Geisinger to win the Pennsylvania Nightingale Award for clinical excellence in an advanced nursing role in 1994. She is an active member and has served in various leadership roles in the American Nurse Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Alliance of Community Health Plans, the American Hospital Association’s post-acute work team, and the CMS Executive Leadership Council of the Strategic Innovation Engine.

Elizabeth Price
Senior Director, Care Redesign and Management Advisors

Elizabeth Price has over 20 years of healthcare experience. Her focus is on primary care practice redesign, information technology solutions and operations. She has led many organizational-wide strategic initiatives. Liz graduated with honors at Misericordia University with a BS degree in Health Care Management.

Liz joined xG Health Solutions in 2016 as a Senior Director in Care Redesign and Management Advisors. She is considered a subject matter expert in practice redesign, ProvenCare Chronic Disease Management and developing a Best Practice implementation team of resources with a balance on skillsets and talents. She works with healthcare clients to develop these skills and spread knowledge across ambulatory practices.

Prior to xG, she was a Senior Director of Care Gaps and Community Practice Best Practices within the Geisinger Health System. She was accountable to direct the development, implementation and dissemination of primary care innovation initiatives, specifically as they relate to streamlining the use of the electronic health record, point of care workflows and pre-visit workflows across 50 primary care practices. Liz was accountable at a system level to lead and manage the identification and closure of clinical care gaps across primary and specialty care. She ocused on achieving best practices, and following evidence-based guidelines with emphasis on improving quality, patient safety and clinic operations.

David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA​
President, Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger Health System

Dr. David T. Feinberg is president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s largest health services organization known for reinventing medical care. Geisinger is an integrated healthcare system consisting of 12 hospital campuses, two research centers, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, over 30,000 employees, 1,600 employed physicians, 420 residents and fellows, and a 551,000-member health plan, all serving and caring for more than 3 million residents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A longtime champion of the patient experience, Dr. Feinberg has caught the industry’s attention by introducing Geisinger’s latest evolution of its renowned ProvenCare® portfolio -ProvenExperience® – which allows patients to request a refund based on the outcome of their patient experiences.

Triple-board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child, adolescent and addiction psychiatry, Dr. Feinberg earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with distinction from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Named to the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare as well as the Top Ten of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders by Modern Healthcare, Dr. Feinberg’s numerous awards and recognitions include Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Medical Center CEO of the Year Healthcare Leadership Award; Leadership, Vision and Commitment Honoree by the National Health Foundation; Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; and the Cancro Academic Leadership Award from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Feinberg is a well-known national speaker, especially on the subject of patient experience, and has published numerous articles.

Prior to joining Geisinger, Dr. Feinberg served as CEO of UCLA’s hospitals and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences, as well as president of UCLA Health System.

George J. Isham
MD, Senior Advisor, HealthPartners & Senior Fellow, HealthPartners Institute

Dr. Isham is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and was designated as a National Associate of the Institute of Medicine in 2003 recognition of his contribution to its work. He is active in health policy nationally and currently co-chairs the National Academy of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. He is a former member of the CDC’s Task Force on Community Preventive Services, AHRQ’s United States Preventive Services Task Force, founding co-chair of NCQA’s committee on performance measurement and a founding member of the advisory board for the National Guideline Clearinghouse. Dr. Isham was formerly Executive Director of University Health Care and former CEO of U-Care at UW Hospitals and Clinics. His clinical practice was with the United States Navy, at the Freeport Clinic in Freeport, Illinois, and at the UW Hospitals and Clinics.

Lynn Miller ​
EVP, Clinical Operations, Geisinger Health System

Lynn Miller is the Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, for Geisinger Health System. Ms. Miller is responsible for the operations of the health system’s $2.8 billion clinical enterprise, which includes seven hospitals; a 1,785-member multispecialty group practice including physicians, researchers and advanced practitioners; 430 residents and fellows; and 83 primary and specialty clinic sites. She has been with Geisinger since 1989.

Ms. Miller previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger Medical Center, the system’s tertiary/quaternary care hospital in Danville, PA. During her tenure, she developed programs that produced a 20 percent improvement in operating margin; directed the planning and construction of a $100 million addition incorporating a new acuity adaptable mode of care; implemented a hospital inpatient electronic medical record; and achieved Magnet status, a prestigious honor earned by only 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals.

In addition to hospital operations, Ms. Miller has experience in hospital-based human resources, finance, business office management, and information technology, as well as home health and long-term care environments.

Ms. Miller serves on the Boards of the Danville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Danville Child Development Center. She is Chair of the Governance Committee for the Geisinger/HealthSouth Joint Venture.

Ms. Miller has a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Elizabethtown College.

Holly Barbella, RN, MBA

Risk Coordinator, Geisinger Health System

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Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD​
Chair, xG Health Solutions

Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD, is the Chair of xG Health Solutions. From 2001–2014, he served as president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization nationally recognized for the developing and implementing of innovative care models.​

Glenn previously served as dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for Medical Affairs at the University of Chicago as well as Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Before that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Boston, Massachusetts, and chair of the Department of Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Glenn is past chair of the American Board of Surgery. His investigations have focused on the cell biology of gastrointestinal cancer and precancer and, most recently, on innovations in healthcare delivery and financing. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of more than 488 scientific and professional articles.​

A member of the National Academy of Medicine, Glenn serves as a member of the Roundtable on Value and Science-driven Healthcare, the Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education, and previously served on the Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly​ Effective Clinical Services (HECS). A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he is a member of the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.​

Glenn serves on the following boards and national committees: director, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Singapore, Cepheid; director, City of Hope; member, Emory University’s Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) External Advisory Board; director, Healthcare Executives Network; director, IngeniousMed; member, Institute for Healthcare Optimization Advisory Board; honorary chair, Pennsylvania March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign; director, PTC Therapeutics; director, Stratus Video Interpreting; member, the Peterson Center on Healthcare Advisory Board; and director, the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, Wellcare Health Plans Inc.

Glenn received his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard College and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his doctorate in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.​

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.

Steven B. Pierdon, MD, MMM
Senior Medical Director

Senior Medical Director Steven Pierdon, MD, MMM, joined xG Health Solutions in 2014. Before this, he led the strategic transformation of a Geisinger 250-bed tertiary care referral hospital operating at two campuses. Capitalizing on the successful recruitment of more than 60 physicians in two years, inpatient volume growth of more than 10% per year has been achieved, supporting a $37M bottom line improvement. The development of a team-based care process coupled with comprehensive implementation of the inpatient electronic health record in 2009 enabled care process improvements resulting in lower healthcare-associated infection rates, improved quality metrics, and a case mix adjusted observed-to-expected mortality ratio reduction to 0.70.

In his previous leadership role, Steven was chief medical officer for Clinical Operations and Community Practice for Geisinger Health System. He worked with system leaders to assure the clinical and operating performance of its 650-physician multispecialty group at three hospitals and several clinic locations. In that role, he led a process translating a quality budget concept to hierarchal operational leadership goals coordinated by organizational priority themes, measured by cascading metrics, and supported by increased physician performance compensation quality metric weighting.

Steven also established a physician recruiting justification process validating the recruitment of more than 130 physicians over two years, supplemented by proforma achievement tracking. He led Geisinger’s Community Practice network consisting of nearly 200 physicians and 45 mid-level providers practicing at 40 multispecialty sites across central and northeastern Pennsylvania for more than five years. During his tenure, a performance-based physician compensation plan was integrated with a staff incentive bonus program resulting in a 14% physician productivity increase. Additionally, improvements in patient access led to multiyear, fee-for-service revenue growth of more than 18%, a 50% increase in new patients, and contributed to an $11M improvement in the network bottom line. He also coordinated a comprehensive service and patient satisfaction improvement program resulting in a 40% improvement of overall network score within two years, as measured by a national ranking firm.

Steven was the managing partner in a pediatric group practice for 12 years before selling the practice to the Geisinger Health System in 1995. He has presented nationally and published articles on group practice change management, physician and performance compensation systems, and advanced medical home implementation. He serves on multiple system committees and work groups.

A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Steven attended Children’s Hospital of Michigan for his pediatric residency, training, and chief residency. He received his Master of Medical Management degree from Tulane University in 1999. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.

Alfred Casale, MD
Chairman Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute (Cardiovascular Service Line), Associate Chief Medical Officer of the Geisinger Health System​

Alfred Stanley Casale, MD is Associate Chief Medical Officer for the Geisinger Health System and is Chair of its Geisinger Heart Institute. He joined Geisinger in 2001 as the director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Dr. Casale has been a member of the Board of Directors for each of Geisinger’s Insurance Companies including the Geisinger Health Plan and for Misericordia University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Dr. Casale graduated from an accelerated program at the Johns Hopkins University with a BA in human biology and an MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University in general, thoracic, and cardiac surgery, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in thoracic surgical oncology and at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in health care policy. Dr. Casale is active in local, regional and national surgical societies within which he has held numerous leadership roles. He joined Geisinger from Atlantic Health System in New Jersey, and has held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins, UMDNJ, Misericordia University, King’s College, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple University. He is an advisor to Lehigh University’s Health Care Engineering program.

Casale’ s seminal work in establishing Geisinger’ s ProvenCare® program as a model of value generating redesign of complex acute surgical care, using comparative effectiveness principles has been widely acclaimed. He speaks often on clinical and policy topics and with Geisinger’s consulting group, works to disseminate and generalize its work in care process engineering, influencing clinician behavior, service line organization and bundled pricing. He has been listed in America’s Top Doctors by US News and World Report, Who’s Who in America and The Best Doctors, (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.). He maintains an active clinical practice in complex adult cardiac surgery in addition to his wide-ranging administrative responsibilities. Casale and his wife Mary live in Shavertown, Pennsylvania and are active in many community organizations and boards.

John B. Bulger, DO, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Health Plan

John B. Bulger, DO, MBA, is the chief medical officer of Geisinger Health Plan (GHP). GHP serves more than 500,000 members throughout central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maine.

Dr. Bulger served as the chief quality officer for the Geisinger Health System from 2011 to 2015. Geisinger’s Division of Quality and Safety manages both a regulatory and an innovative quality improvement portfolio that includes performance improvement, risk management, infection control, patient experience, data and analytics, and ProvenCare®.

Dr. Bulger founded Geisinger Medical Center’s hospitalist program in 1999 and led the program’s development to include six hospitals and more than 100 physicians and advanced practitioners.

Dr. Bulger serves on regional and national groups aimed at improving the quality of medical care. He serves on the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and its executive committee. He is a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s standing workgroup on evaluation of its Quality Indicators™ and the National Quality Forum’s All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions Steering Committee. Dr. Bulger chairs the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) healthcare quality and patient safety committee, and he has led SHM’s participation in the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign®.

Dr. Bulger is a recognized leader in osteopathic medical education. He is vice-chair of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Commission of College Accreditation (COCA)—the national accrediting body for colleges of osteopathic medicine. He is a past chair of the AOA’s Program and Trainee Review Council—the national accrediting body for osteopathic graduate medical education. He holds appointments as a clinical associate professor of Medicine and regional assistant dean at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and an associate professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bulger is a senior fellow of the SHM and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), the American College of Physicians, and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME). He holds leadership positions in many medical organizations and institutions, including president-elect of the ACOI and a past president of the AODME, and he serves on PCOM’s board of trustees. He is a recipient of numerous leadership and teaching awards, and he has published on quality and education topics.

Dr. Bulger is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Juniata College, PCOM, and the Pennsylvania State University. His wife, Michele, also a Juniata and PCOM graduate, is a pediatrician and member of Geisinger’s faculty. They reside in Danville with their children Ethan, Ben, and Ava.

Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS
Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, Geisinger Health System

Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS is currently System Wide Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Geisinger Health System based in Danville, PA. Selected for the position in 2012, Dr. Suk became one of the youngest persons to head an academic orthopaedic department in the United States. Dr. Suk leads orthopaedic services at 7 diverse hospital platforms representing over 100 employed and non-employed surgeons. As the clinical driving force behind the Geisinger ProvenCare® Acute Orthopaedic Programs in Total Hip, Total Knee, Hip Fracture and Lumbar Spine – Dr. Suk is widely sought after for his expertise in new models for healthcare payment and delivery, physician engagement and leadership. Dr. Suk also serves as a member of Board of Directors for the Keystone Accountable Care Organization serving Central Pennsylvania. In 2016, Dr. Suk was appointed as Chief Physician Officer, Geisinger System Services, partnering with the Chief Operating Officer, to act as the key bridge between the clinical enterprise and the operating infrastructure as this position blends oversight of corporate and shared services such as facilities, health information management, and government relations.

In January 2016, Dr. Suk was selected as an Executive Fellow in the Baldrige Performance Excellence program, the nation’s public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence. The associated award is the only of its kind given by the President of the United States and is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the US Department of Commerce.

Previously, Dr. Suk was Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida – Shands Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as Division Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma, Associate Director of the UF&Shands Regional Trauma System and Associate Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program. While there, Dr. Suk established a highly specialized orthopaedic trauma division designed to maximize efficiency and enhance patient outcomes. Dr. Suk is on the editorial board for several orthopaedic journals, is the author of numerous scientific articles, and is the lead author of a landmark textbook on orthopaedic outcomes measures and instruments, now in its second printing worldwide. Dr. Suk has gained international attention for his groundbreaking work on the link between patient expectations and clinical outcomes in orthopaedic trauma surgery.

Dr. Suk has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics relevant to orthopaedic fracture management, health care literacy, access and delivery. Stemming from his unique credentials as a fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologist and health care attorney, Dr. Suk is frequently asked to speak on the interface between law and medicine and has received numerous awards for leadership and public service. In 2009, Dr. Suk was chosen to be a member of Leadership Florida (Class XXVII) – a statewide program to develop future community leaders in Florida. Most recently, Dr. Suk was selected as one of ten Leadership Fellows for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Prior to his current position, Dr. Suk was elected one of 5 representatives to the AAOS Board of Councilors representing the State of Florida and Secretary of the Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS). Dr. Suk currently serves as Chair of the Health Policy Committees for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA, and the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies.

In 2003, Dr. Suk was selected as a White House Fellow by President George W. Bush and served as Special Assistant to Secretary Gale A. Norton at the U.S. Department of the Interior. At Interior, Dr. Suk spearheaded an initiative to develop the link between public health and recreation by coordinating five Interior bureaus which manage 1 in 5 acres of land in the United States and that collectively receive nearly 500 million visitors each year and co-authored with Secretary Norton the widely received law review article entitled “America’s Public Lands and Waters: Gateway to Better Health?” based on his belief that simple outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and camping on public lands and waters can serve as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle.

During his tenure as a White House Fellow, Dr. Suk organized Get Fit with US, designed to support President Bush’s domestic initiative, HealthierUS, a federal interagency program based on the premise that increasing personal fitness and becoming healthier is critical to achieving a better and longer life. To date, Dr. Suk has spoken to over 100 organizations and has engaged over a thousand leaders in health care, recreation and public health across the nation on this important issue. Dr. Suk was featured as a speaker at the TIME/ABC Summit on Obesity, and an invited panelist for the Kellogg Foundation Thought Leaders Gathering on Obesity to share his ideas.

In recognition of his unique set of interests and expertise, Dr. Suk was asked to serve as Senior Advisor on Health and Recreation to the National Park Service and is currently a Member of the National Forum on Children and Nature sponsored by the Conservation Fund – an initiative designed to transform the way we look at the interaction between children and their natural environments – nurturing future environmental stewards while promoting healthy lifestyles. the In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Suk is on the Board of Directors of America on the Move, the American Hiking Society and serves on the non-profit national coordinating body to develop a National Plan for Physical Activity. In 2011, Dr. Suk, was asked to serve on the National Parks Centennial Steering Committee to efforts celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the United States National Park System.

Throughout his career, Dr. Suk has been a vocal leader on public health issues and has spoken nationally on the role of organized medicine, resident work hours, obesity prevention and a variety of public health issues. Dr. Suk has been long active in organized medicine, achieving distinction as the first medical student and first Asian-American to be directly elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Suk has served as a member of the American Medical Political Action Committee, the AMA Council on Medical Service and Chair of the AMA’s Resident and Fellows Section. Notably, Dr. Suk was recognized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea as an outstanding leader of Korean heritage worldwide.

Dr. Suk received a B.A. with distinction in African-American history from Carleton College, where he achieved athletic distinction in collegiate tennis and was elected Class President. He then went on to simultaneously complete an M.D. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a J.D./M.P.H. with special certification in health care law at Boston University School of Law and School of Public Health. He later completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University in New York City. Recently, Dr. Suk completed his tenure as a member of the Alumni Board for Boston University.

Dr. Suk enjoys mentoring innovative, entrepreneurial leaders seeking to cross traditional boundaries, travelling with his family and playing golf and tennis. Dr. Suk and his wife Jennifer have three children, Abigail (11), Sophia (8) and Arran (1).