2020 Keynote Speakers:
Marion Couch, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS
Marion is currently the Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Administrator at the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington, DC. In this cross-cutting role within the
agency, she reports directly to the Administrator as she works on policy creation, quality, and
promoting transformation with value based care. Marion is also involved in developing valuebased payment models in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, with special
emphasis on longitudinal care for chronic conditions that often are treated with surgery.
Prior to joining CMS, she held senior leadership roles at several large medical centers. Marion
has previously served as the Chair of the Indiana University Health Physician Board and was on
the medical group’s Quality Committee. She has been a physician executive in two large
medical groups where she served as the Physician Executive of Surgical Services and as the Vice
President of Finance. She has also been the Chair of two surgical departments and was
Surgeon-in-Chief at a medical center. And she successfully worked across a large system to
increase staff engagement. Marion has served as President of two national professional
Marion is a head and neck surgeon with advanced training as a microvascular surgeon. She
received her medical degree from Rush Medical College. Her residency training was at Johns
Hopkins Hospital. Her MBA is from the Duke University Fuqua Business School with a
Concentration in Healthcare Management.
Ana Gupte serves as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. In this role, which she assumed in December 2019, she serves as a member of the Enterprise Executive Management Team and plays a critical role in addressing important company challenges by identifying and delivering strategic, innovative solutions that help the enterprise better serve its members and communities.
Gupte is a well-known and well-regarded health care strategy professional with over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, management consulting and public company research and analysis. She most recently spent over a decade as a Senior Equity Research Analyst, Healthcare Services at SVB Leerink LLC, an investment bank specializing in health care, and the leading Equity Research firm of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. At these firms, she was responsible for analyzing practices and identifying innovation trends within organizations in the managed care, pharmacy benefits management, retail pharmacy, health care facilities and emerging health care technology arenas.
Earlier in her career Gupte served as Managing Director, Corporate Strategic Planning for Aetna, and as the Head of Strategy for Worldwide Drug Development at Pfizer. She began her health care career at McKinsey & Company.
Gupte holds a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering and an M.S. in biomedical engineering, both from Pennsylvania State University, and completed the Executive Management Program of the Wharton Business School.
Stacy Lindau, MD, MAPP
Stacy is NowPow’s founder and Chief Innovation Officer, a practicing physician and tenured professor at the University of Chicago. She is an experienced principal investigator with 15 years of continuous funding from federal sources, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her scientific work is published in the highest impact medical literature and she is internationally known as an expert in women’s and population health across the life course.
Stacy earned her medical degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago where she was a Harris Child and Family Fellow. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar (and served on the National Advisory Committee) and is an Aspen Institute Health Innovation Fellow and serves the Health Innovators Fellowship Board of Overseers. She has a BA from the University of Michigan Honors College in secondary education and political science and worked in broadcast journalism at Dow Jones and Company’s Wall Street Journal TV.
Dr. Lindau is also president of MAPSCorps, a nonprofit community asset mapping organization that has employed more than 2,000 youth in 6 urban and rural geographies.
Elizabeth is a national healthcare innovator and collaborator who will lead PBGH in its next era of activating private and public purchasers – in partnership with consumers, providers and payers – to create a healthcare system which delivers exceptional health outcomes and affordability. We are thrilled to have her join PBGH,” said Lisa Woods, PBGH Board Chair.
Mitchell most recently served as Senior Vice President for Healthcare and Community Health Transformation at Blue Shield of California, during which time she designed Blue Shield’s strategy for transforming practice, payment and community health in select California regions. She previously served as the President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a network of regional quality improvement and measurement organizations – growing the organization’s impact and membership. Elizabeth also served as CEO of Maine’s business coalition on health (the Maine Health Management Coalition), worked within an integrated delivery system (MaineHealth), and was elected to the Maine State Legislature, serving as a State Representative.
Mitchell is a national healthcare leader and influencer who has served as Vice Chairperson of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, Board and Executive Committee Member of the National Quality Forum (NQF), Member of the National Academy of Medicine’s “Vital Signs” Study Committee on core metrics, and a Guiding Committee Member for the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network.
2020 Speaker Lineup
Kim Chaundy joined Geisinger Health System in November 2010 after a long tenure at Shamokin Area Community Hospital in Shamokin, PA. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Networking Administration degree, Kim began her healthcare career as a patient accounts biller and continued in a management role as the Information Technology Director and the Information Technology Performance Improvement manager for 18 years. During this time, Kim oversaw the transition from handwritten medical records to a complete electronic health record system.
Kim currently serves as Senior Director of the Geisinger-owned Keystone Health Information Exchange, Inc. (KeyHIE), which is one of the oldest health information exchanges in the United States, serving over 6 million patients. Kim oversees and tracks all aspects of KeyHIE operations including, but not limited to: vendor management, participant outreach and implementation projects. Kim also directs Geisinger’s IT Integration Systems Support team, responsible for Geisinger’s Rhapsody infrastructure. Kim recently received her Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Scranton in 2019.
Kim has been a crucial part of KeyHIE since its inception in 2005, overseeing exponential participation growth, from 10 to over 185 organizations today. She continues to lead KeyHIE’s regional expansion into the New Jersey market, and is honored to represent KeyHIE as a market leader in Health Information Exchange.
As a Chief Marketing, Communications & Consumerism Officer, Deborah Fullerton has led brand development and marketing programs at five healthcare organizations across the United States. She has positioned brands for increased top-of-mind awareness, created memorable taglines and built reputation monitoring programs. Deborah has orchestrated quantitative and qualitative research to guide developing sophisticated, metrics-driven strategies to increase volumes, revenue and engagement. Her early foundation in journalism/public relations prepared her to develop strategic communications programs and manage media relations/crisis communications.
Deborah is a thought leader in the healthcare vertical, promoting consumerism/consumer experience and digital access, particularly to drive innovation and patient self-service tools and to empower consumers regarding their health. Deborah contributes regularly to national forums such as the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development, the Scottsdale Institute and Healthcare Internet Conference.
After many years in Chicago, Deborah has returned to the South as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Consumerism at Prisma Health, a 14-acute-hospital system based in Greenville, SC. Her responsibilities include strategic leadership of consumer insights/research, branding, marketing, internal and external communications, community relations and consumerism.
Deborah brings extensive healthcare experience to her new role. Most recently, she oversaw the marketing, communications and community relations team at AMITA Health in Chicago, IL. Prior to that role she developed the marketing/communications program at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Her Chicago career started with her recruitment to Loyola University Health System to build its marketing/communications program, after a successful launch of the first marketing program at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. She started her healthcare career at Duke in public relations after serving as a features editor at The Courier-Tribune newspaper in Asheboro, NC.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman HSchool of Journalism & Media, Deborah also earned her MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
She has served on the Advisory Board of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism & Media since 2007, joined the Board of Pilot Light, a nonprofit to increase nutritional education among children, and participates in the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council as well as the Duke Women’s Forum. Deborah previously served on the Board of Bottomless Closet in Chicago, a nonprofit that was devoted to assisting women re-enter the workforce. She also previously volunteered with the Chicago Symphony and with the Taproot Foundation in Chicago.
Deborah and her husband Mark Fullerton have also long supported By the Hand Club for Kids, an afterschool program in inner-city Chicago that transforms academically failing students into high school graduates equipped with skills for life and, most importantly, the ability to change their trajectory.
Kristyn Greifer, MD
Dr Greifer is a board-certified internal medicine physician who joined BayCare as Chief Medical Officer for BayCare Physician Partners and Value Based Care in July after spending 3 years at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas as Chief Medical Officer for their Health Plan, ACO and Population Health. She has been working in value-based care and population health for more than a decade including stints at WellStar Health System and Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr Greifer has experience in clinical integration, physician alignment and engagement, case and care management, payor strategies and cost and utilization analytics in the setting of MSSP, Medicare Advantage, Commercial ACO and direct to employer contracting. She is a hospitalist and primary care physician who actively practiced for 25 years.
Mrs. Guzman is an expert in patient and physician engagement strategies, clinical reporting, health IT and quality management techniques at Montefiore Health System. With almost 15 years of industry experience, her role is to collaborate with more than 5,800 Montefiore employees, as well as independent physicians at Montefiore’s 11 hospitals to implement data driven tools and the clinical infrastructures and community partnerships to promote wellness and improve patient health outcomes. She has also spearheaded new wraparound care structures with the private practice community to promote proactive preventive health, improve delivery and cost effectiveness of chronic care services and procedures. These initiatives help enable Montefiore evaluate what is working, and what needs to be rethought to better meet individual patient needs.
Mrs. Guzman plays a strategic role in maximizing revenue streams. She created a program to streamline regulatory and quality requirements, initiated a multi-year patient engagement program, and has grown the MHS financial leadership role in the Next Generation accountable care organization (ACO), MACRA/MIPS, DSRIP and VBP QIP models. Under her leadership, Montefiore is successfully implementing VBP QIP, helping financially distressed partner hospitals across the Hudson Valley leverage more than $230M in State funds, by reducing administrative costs, hospital acquired conditions, and ensuring patients receive timely primary care and follow-up visits after hospitalization.
Scott Hultstrand is the Director of the Prisma Health – Care Coordination Institute’s Performance Improvement Team, which focuses on assisting the Prisma Health Midlands and Upstate Networks, large clinically integrated networks that care for 1.5 million South Carolina patients each year, in addition to other large clinically integrated networks with its physician performance improvement and quality reporting for value-based, at-risk contracts. A graduate of the South Carolina Honors College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Scott’s career has focused on health care policy and transformation, with a special interest in primary care transformation through patient centered medical homes.
Steven L. Kanter, MD
Steven L. Kanter, MD, serves as president and CEO of the Association of AcademicHealth Centers (AAHC) and AAHC International (AAHCI). From 2014 to 2018, heserved as dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, wherehe was professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics and held the Merl & MurielHicklin/Missouri Endowed Chair in Medicine. Dr. Kanter draws from a diversebackground of experience that includes clinical medicine, medical informatics,medical education, scholarly publishing, and medical school administration.
Beginning in 2015, Dr. Kanter led an effort that brought together ten of Kansas City’sleading health care institutions (an adult, acute-care hospital; a children’s hospital; auniversity and its four health sciences schools; a city health department; a countymedical examiner’s office; and a state behavioral health facility) to align moreclosely as the University of Missouri-Kansas City Health Sciences District. In May2017, the leaders of these institutions, along with city and county elected officials,signed a memorandum of understanding to create the District.
A former Fellow in Medical Informatics for the National Library of Medicine, hejoined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1991 andbecame vice dean in 2002. From 2008 to 2012, he also served as editor-in-chief ofAcademic Medicine, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of AmericanMedical Colleges. In 2013, he was awarded the Merrell Flair Award, the highesthonor awarded by AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs.
Dr. Kanter earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&I University and his M.D.at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He served hisneurosurgical residency at the University of Florida and was a member of the facultyof Texas A&M University College of Medicine before moving to the University ofPittsburgh. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association andthe Association for Medical Education in Europe, which presented him with the PatilAward for Best Medical Education Research in 2007. Dr. Kanter’s contributionsreflect a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience with medical school,teaching hospital, and university issues.
Anthony Keck is the Executive Vice President for System Innovation and Chief Population Health Officer at Ballad Health. In his current role, he is responsible for strategy, analytics, and value-based services; marketing and communications; government affairs; the Ballad Innovation Center; the Ballad Health Foundation; and the system’s new department of community health programs.
Before joining Mountain States, Keck served as the director of Health and Human Services for South Carolina during the first term of Governor Nikki R.Haley and also served three years in the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Prior to his government service, he worked for diverse organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Ochsner Clinic New Orleans, and St. Thomas Health Services, a community clinic also located in New Orleans.
Keck was active in establishing the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum after Hurricane Katrina, served on the Board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education, and the Executive Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy. He is currently vice-chair of the board for the Virginia Center for Health Innovation, a board member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, and chair of the Government Relations committee of the Kingsport, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Narayana S. Murali, MD
Dr. Narayana Murali is Executive Vice President of Care Delivery and Chief Clinical Strategy Officer of Marshfield Clinic Health System. He is also Executive Director of Marshfield Clinic, Inc.. In these roles, Dr. Murali works in coordination with the Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Chief Executive Officer and oversees the entire clinical and hospital delivery arm of MCHS.
Dr. Murali joined Marshfield Clinic in 2006 as a nephrologist, having practiced specialty medicine globally across three continents. He was Chief of Staff of Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital from 2011-12; Marshfield Clinic Corporate Secretary from 2012-14; Chair of Marshfield Clinic’s Board of Directors from 2014-2015; and President of MCHS Hospitals Inc. 2016-2018.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Madras, India, and then completed a three-year post-graduate training in general medicine leading to the award of the Diplomat of the National Board in General Medicine in India.
He furthered his medical career in Australia. He subsequently completed an internal medicine residency at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, a National Institutes of Health-sponsored Clinician Investigator Training Program and fellowship in kidney disease at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. He is a principal investigator of several federally-funded studies, a recipient of national, regional and institutional awards for scientific work and teaching. He has authored several scientific papers and reviews in basic and clinical science in addition to several book chapters and serving as an associate editor of a reputed textbook – The Mayo Clinic textbook of Internal of Medicine. He has also frequently serves as a panel expert and/or guest lecturer at multiple national and regional organizations such as the AMA, APG and AMGA.
Dr. Murali is a resident of Marshfield, Wisconsin with strong commitment to education and enrichment programs in the School District of Marshfield, WI, as well as the Boy Scouts of America.
Bob Oliverio came to Roper St. Francis Healthcare in 2006, practicing Internal Medicine in Charleston, SC and has been Chief Executive Officer of Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, a comprehensive network of 240 physicians in over 23 specialties, since 2016.
Additionally, he has served as Chief Medical Officer of the Accountable Care Organization, Roper St. Francis Health Alliance, since 2019. Dr. Oliverio has held administrative roles in Physician Partners since 2009, chairing the IT subcommittee and serving on the Executive Committee until 2012. In 2014, he became Physician Director of Primary Care and filled the Interim CMO role in 2015.
Prior to moving to Charleston, Dr. Oliverio was an Internist and Managing Partner with The Medical Group in Beverly, Massachusetts. Just out of residency, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and Chief of Internal Medicine, 95th Medical Group, Edward AFB, California.
Dr. Oliverio received his BA from Drew University, his MD from University of Maryland Medical School and completed his residency through Columbia University.
Bob grew up on Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland. He, his wife Jennifer, their two children and two dogs now live in Cainhoy, SC. He and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, golfing and playing tennis together.
Jennifer has over 20 years of expertise helping risk-bearing provider organizations succeed in value-based contracting. She spent the majority of this time with Hill Physicians Medical Group, a large IPA in Northern California, running its government programs division which included Medicare Advantage, managed MediCal (Medicaid), Marketplace/ACA, and NextGeneration ACO. She has developed and implemented robust physician incentive programs, measuring and rewarding performance across utilization, quality and patient satisfaction domains.
As a physician advocate, Jennifer is a strong proponent of reducing the administrative burden placed on physician practices. She has spent the last decade honing strategies to drive accuracy in risk-adjusted payments.
Valinda Rutledge is currently the Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs for APG in which she is responsible for all federal government affairs activities in DC. She oversees APG’s legislative and regulatory agenda, the political action committee, and other aspects of a vibrant and successful federal affairs program such as analyzing legislation and regulations. She works directly with the Board of Directors and the CEO to develop the federal strategy
She is also serves in a limited role as the Vice President of Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Prisma Health in SC where she is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and supporting the implementation of opportunities related to government initiatives such as Bundled payments, Medicare advantage, Medicaid pilots, Dual Eligible, PCMH, and ACOs.
Valinda is also responsible for assisting in the development of Sg2’s national thought leadership regarding payment transformation and serves as Subject Matter Expert and Policy Fellow.
She previously worked as a founding member of the leadership team (Senior Advisor and Group Director) at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI) where she helped build the Innovation Center from its startup phase and managed the design and launch of several of the Center’s Alternative Payment models.
Before joining CMS, Ms. Rutledge served as the Chief Executive Officer of several systems including Bon Secours, SSM Health, and CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina where she led the development of a 210-day bundled knee payment arrangement between CaroMont Health and North Carolina’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Ms. Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and impact to the industry on a national level.
Ms. Rutledge holds two advanced degrees: a Master of Business Administration degree from Butler University in Indianapolis and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation, and population health.
Saria Saccocio, MD
As the Ambulatory Chief Medical Officer for Greenville Health System, Dr. Saria Saccocio supports population health initiatives that span across multiple departments and specialties in the outpatient space, striving for the quadruple aim. In her Chair role of the Family Medicine Department, she provides leadership to a nationally recognized academic primary care program and a large number of innovative clinical practices in the Upstate of South Carolina. Dr. Saccocio has demonstrated a consistent history of leading award-winning programs and improving patient care and safety as a Chief Medical Officer for health systems in the southeast.
Dr. Saccocio received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida, and her Executive Master of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Miami before opening her own solo family practice. She continues to serve patients at the Free Medical Clinic and precepts family medicine residents at the Center for Family Medicine in Greenville, South Carolina.
Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Dr. Saccocio as one of the top 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know for 2016 and 2017. Her extensive civic and community involvement has included serving on the Modern Healthcare Women Advisory Board, a board member for the South Carolina Hospital Association, United Way of Greenville County; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Board, and is an Alum of the Women’s Leadership Institute and the Diversity Leadership Institute at Furman University.
Anoop Sanghu, MD
Dr. Anoop Sangha is VP of Clinical Affairs at Livongo. He is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician with over 18 years of experience in healthcare and consulting. At Livongo Dr. Sangha’s responsibilities span across business development, provider engagement, and clinical analytics. Dr. Sangha provides thought leadership to inform clinical strategy and product development and is responsible for measuring the clinical and financial impact of Livongo’s solutions. Prior to joining Livongo, Dr. Sangha was Senior Medical Director at the Advisory Board Company where we served as clinical lead for EHR optimization. In this role he led numerous population health initiatives including patient risk identification and capture, evidence-based clinical decision support, and delivery of preventative services. Prior to that Dr. Sangha worked as an Emergency Medicine attending for over 10 years at various academic and community health systems across the country.
Dr. Sangha completed training in medical informatics thru OHSU. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Sangha received his Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas, and his Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Angelo Sinopoli, MD
As Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Angelo Sinopoli drives clinical and quality strategy for Prisma Health. He oversees clinical and population health activities; facilitates standardization of care across the organization; leads care model development and contracting strategy to support value-based care; and is responsible for Prisma Health’s two clinically integrated networks encompassing over 4,600 providers and spanning 17 counties.
As President, CEO and Founder of the Care Coordination Institute (CCI), a clinical integration, data and analytics, and population health enablement company, Dr. Sinopoli drives quality and value-driven transformations across the networks and delivery systems CCI serves to enable providers in the transformation of health service delivery, management and financing necessary to improve and maintain the health of communities.
Dr. Sinopoli serves on numerous committees and advisory groups focused on healthcare delivery and transformation. He serves on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), on America’s Physician Groups (APG) Board of Directors, and on the Guiding Committee for the CMS Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN). He also served as a member of LAN’s APM Roadmap Workgroup and was co-chair of LAN’s Value-Based Data Sharing Requirements Initiative.
Dr. Sinopoli earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina and a MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. He holds professorship positions at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville and the USC Arnold School of Public Health.
As the Executive Director of Accountable Communities for Prisma Health, Jennifer Snow provides system-wide strategy, development and program management around community-based health enabling population health management.
Jennifer came to Prisma Health in 2011, serving in a variety of roles focused on overseeing strategic initiatives. She has overseen many strategic initiatives and developed the majority of community-based programs and grants led by Prisma Health serving at-risk patients and neighborhoods. Jennifer has been involved in the development of a unique, three-tiered model for population health management that goes beyond the traditional healthcare provider platform to increase access to care and enable residents to improve their health.
Currently, Jennifer builds programs to manage community and individual health and develops Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhoods and Accountable Communities, working with clinical care management to manage patient populations. She directs all community health programs and staff, including Neighborhood Health Partners, AccessHealth Greenville County, Mountain Lakes AccessHealth, Healthy Outcomes Plan, and PASOs, a community-based program for Latino residents. Under her leadership, Jennifer and her team implement innovative care delivery models for the uninsured and underinsured, and build resources to take into communities where at-risk patients reside.
Jennifer is a graduate of Class 42 of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greenville program and has been recognized by Greenville Business Magazine as one the Best & Brightest Under 35 in 2015 because of her community leadership, both professionally and personally. She is also a Women’s Leadership Institute of Furman Class 2017 member. Jennifer has over seven years of public relations, client management and government relations experience. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina. She has also received a certificate in Basic Lean Six Sigma.
As the Vice President of Solutions and Services for the Care Coordination Institute (CCI) at Prisma Health, Supra oversees data and analytics operations and leads product management and business development efforts. CCI supports clinically integrated networks (CINs) in their value-based programs and population health initiatives. At CCI, he has guided the development of CCI’s capabilities (processes, people and technology) in the areas of data management, reporting, and analytics, analytics application development, and quality. CCI’s efforts have led to success in a variety of value-based programs for multiple CINs that have provided over $70M in payments with quality scores above 90%.
Previously, Supra served as the Deputy Director for Operations and Information Management and Chief Information Officer at South Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. Here, he was responsible for eligibility, enrollment and member services; operations and provider relations; project management; human resources and information technology for the state’s Medicaid program.
Supra has been active in efforts to transform Medicaid policies and has participated in national forums focused on health policy, health system transformation, payment reform efforts, uses of information technology in population health, and organizational effectiveness.
Supra led the state’s efforts to streamline Medicaid eligibility processes through Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) earning the state a $5M CMS bonus and a related Ford Foundation grant for $2.4M. He was also a leader in the state’s effort to support at-risk mothers through the nurse-family partnership program through the use of innovative public private funding partnerships.
With a background that includes executive positions focused on enterprise software development across a variety of industries, Supra brings significant experience to CCI and applies his knowledge of process improvement and software development to drive innovations that enable health delivery systems to focus on population health and develop their analytics, digital health, and health informatics capabilities.
Supra holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Brenda Thames, EdD
Dr. Brenda J. Thames is Prisma Health Chief Academic Executive Officer and Provost for the Health Sciences Center. She provides senior executive leadership for the academic enterprise overseeing and coordinating academic activities across Prisma Health affiliates to ensure alignment with the strategies and goals of the company. Her work includes integration of academic activities with other business lines of Prisma Health and its affiliates, to include clinical, operations, and finance. In collaboration with other Prisma Health executives, she identifies,develops,and nurtures strategic academic partnerships and affiliations via the Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Thames has a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University, a master’s and doctorate degree from Clemson University. She has devoted her professional career to academics with a focus across the continuum of pipeline through professional degrees and is founder of the Medical Experience (MedEx) Academy program giving students (high school and undergraduates) experience in the “real world” of health care.
Dr. Thames has served on numerous boards and committees representing the health system and was Chair of the Greenville Chamber Board in 2017. She is passionate about her work and committed to fostering collaboration to improve the health of our communities.