Care Continuum Alliance Capitol Caucus
The annual legislative and regulatory update for the population health industry
The Care Continuum Alliance Capitol Caucus, April 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C., is the annual legislative and regulatory update for the population health industry. It brings together key Washington policymakers and population health management executives for a day of focused briefings on legislative and regulatory issues for wellness, prevention and care management in 2013.
Capitol Caucus Sponsors
Inovalon™, the new name of MedAssurant, is a healthcare technology Company that combines advanced data analytics with highly targeted interventions to achieve meaningful impact in clinical outcomes and financial performance across the healthcare landscape. Our unique achievement of value is delivered through the effective progression of Turning Data into Insight, and Insight into Action®. Proprietary datasets, sophisticated analytics, deep subject matter expertise, and nationwide in-community personnel deliver a seamless, end-to-end platform of technology and operations. Driven by data, Inovalon uniquely identifies gaps in care, quality, data integrity and financial performance- while also bringing to bear the resources to resolve them. This differentiating combination provides a powerful capability suite touching more than 120 million Americans, driving high-value impact, and improving the quality and economics for health plans, hospitals, physicians, patients, and researchers.
Joslin Diabetes Center
Qualcomm Life is defining and connecting the wireless health network to improve lives and advance the capabilities of medical devices. Qualcomm Life is focused on device connectivity and data management and empowers medical device manufacturers to deliver wireless health quickly and easily to those who need it. The Qualcomm Life team has the experience and the wireless know-how to make the enormous complexities of a wireless connection simple. We draw from our parent company's more than 25 years of wireless connectivity experience, know-how and universal interoperability to enable unified machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
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Capitol Caucus Speakers Bios
Dr. Mohammad N. Akhter is the former Director of the DC Department of Health. Prior to joining the Department in January, 2011 Dr. Akhter was a Professor at Howard University College of Medicine. He also served from 2002-2005 as the Senior Associate Dean for Public and International Health at Howard University College of Medicine.
Under Dr. Akhter's leadership, the DC Department of Health was focused on improving the quality of care in the District. His top priorities included implementation of healthcare reform, expansion of HIV services and making them available on demand, supporting the training programs for DC residents to qualify for jobs in healthcare and improving access to quality care across the District.
Prior to joining the Howard University faculty, Dr. Akhter served as the Executive Director of the National Medical Association where he focused on healthcare reforms and eliminating health disparities.
Dr. Akhter was Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA) from 1997-2002. He was instrumental in expanding APHA's scientific base and in strengthening its advocacy role in protecting the health of the American people.
Dr. Akhter was Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia from 1991-1994. He subsequently served as a Senior Advisor in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Quality.
A native of Pakistan, Dr. Akhter received his medical degree from the King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He received a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Akhter is married to Jeanette Easton Akhter, MD and they have a daughter Sarah.
Joslin Diabetes Center
Catherine Carver, MS, ANP, CDE, an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and a Certified Diabetes Educator, is Vice President of Planning and Advocacy at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
She has held positions in the area of diabetes management and research as Senior Director of Clinical Research at Argose, Inc in Waltham, Massachusetts, as a Senior Product Manager of US professional Marketing for Abbott Laboratories, and as a Vice President of Programs at the American Diabetes Association in Massachusetts.
She is past board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Baystate Chapter and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Ms. Carver is editor of the book Educating your Patient with Diabetes published by Humana Health in 2009.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Andi Fristedt is a Health Policy Advisor with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. Andi’s portfolio on the Committee includes disease prevention, public health, medical research, and global health.
Prior to joining the Committee staff, Andi worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Washington Office, where her work most recently focused on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. Previously, Andi worked as a Global Health Fellow at the World Health Organization's Reproductive Health and Research Department in Geneva and in Oregon state politics, serving as campaign manager and later Chief of Staff to an Oregon State Representative.
She has a Master's in Public Affairs with an emphasis on health and health policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a BA in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon.
DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority
Ms. Kofman is the Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. A nationally recognized expert on private health insurance markets, Kofman was the former Superintendent of Insurance in Maine from 2008 to 2011 where she regulated a multi-billion dollar insurance industry and headed an agency of more than 70 employees. Appointed by the former Governor of Maine, John Baldacci, Kofman, worked with states and stakeholders to implement health insurance reforms. Her effective leadership in developing alliances with business groups, the insurance industry, consumer and patient advocates, physicians, trial lawyers and state agencies helped to improve and strengthen Maine's insurance market for both consumers and businesses.
In addition to serving on the Governor's Steering committee on health reform implementation, Kofman served in several other key leadership positions, including Secretary — Treasurer of the Northeastern Zone of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), chair of the Health Insurance Regulatory Framework Task Force (2011) and co-chair of the Consumer Information working group of NAIC.
Kofman's public service includes working at the US Department of Labor (1997-2001), where she implemented health care reform. As special assistant to the Senior Health Care Advisor to the President at the Domestic Policy Council for the White House, Kofman assisted with legislative and regulatory health care reform initiatives including the Patient's Bill of Rights, long-term care insurance, nursing home reform, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) reform.
Having served in the academic arena, Kofman was an Associate Research Professor and Project Director at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute from 2001 to 2008. She rejoined the faculty as a Research Professor and Project Director in July 2011 following her tenure as Superintendent of Insurance in Maine. In that capacity, she advised states on the Affordable Care Act, reform options, implementation, and establishment of insurance exchanges.
A published author, Kofman's work includes a report on health insurance scams and articles on state and federal health insurance reforms in peer reviewed journals. She has also served as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases involving health insurance scams and unauthorized insurance, and has testified before the US Senate, US House of Representatives, and state legislatures.
Ms. Kofman holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland (summa cum laude). She, her husband and two adopted dogs currently reside in Maryland. Mila Kofman will relocate to the District in the coming months.
Interim Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health
Former Senior Deputy Director, Department of Health, Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration Before assuming the position as Interim Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), Dr. Saul Levin served as the Senior Deputy Director of the Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration in the Department from March 27, 2012 to July 17, 2012. During his tenure at APRA, Dr. Levin promoted substance abuse prevention efforts in all eight wards of the city through the work of the Prevention and Access to Recovery teams, assessed and referred an increasing number of individuals into treatment services, as well as connected more clients to recovery support services.
Prior to joining DOH, Dr. Levin served as Vice President of the American Medical Association for Science, Medicine and Public Health, oversaw programs consistent with the needs of evolving health delivery systems, from prevention to science policy to health care disparities. He also led efforts to improve the interface between clinical medicine and public health.
Dr. Levin's professional career also includes: serving as a special expert appointee in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where he led the initiative to integrate primary care, substance abuse, mental health and HIV/AIDS. When serving as President for Access Consulting International, Inc., Dr. Levin worked with federal, state, local governments and private companies to provide health and human service policy, program, and research and evaluation services. He also served as President and CEO of Medical Education for South African Blacks, which was as an anti-apartheid education trust that provided scholarships to South African black students in the health care arena. In this capacity, Dr. Levin helped award more than 11,000 scholarships to students studying to become doctors, nurses, substance abuse counselors and other health care professionals.
In 1982, Dr. Levin received his MBBch (MD), Medicine from the University Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California Davis Medical Center. In 1994, he received his Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Clint McClellan is currently the senior director of Market Development for Qualcomm Incorporated. McClellan's current responsibilities include establishing opportunities in the Life Sciences market. McClellan joined Qualcomm in December of 1997 as director of strategic marketing.
McClellan brings a wealth of wireless industry analysis experience to Qualcomm. Since joining Qualcomm, McClellan has served in business development roles and established the Global Industry Analyst program and Global Market Intelligence program at Qualcomm.
Currently McClellan serves as the Board Chairman for the Foundation for the Children of the Californias which supports Hospital Infantil, a pediatric Hospital, in Tijuana, Mexico. He also serves on the boards of the Continua Health Alliance and CommNexus. Prior to joining the Company, McClellan served as a senior analyst for Gartner Group/Dataquest's Telecommunications Group in its personal communications wireless program.
While he was at Dataquest, McClellan served as a technology news anchor for two years on the Good Morning San Jose show at KNTV, an ABC affiliate, where he presented analysis and commentary on daily news events affecting high-technology industries. Previously, McClellan worked as a marketing specialist at Telephone House Nippo in Kobe, Japan and for CH2M Hill Consulting Engineers in Oakland, California. McClellan holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Partner and Managing Director
David Merritt is a Partner at Leavitt Partners. He is a nationally recognized expert in health policy and a sought-after speaker, author and policy advisor. At Leavitt Partners, Mr. Merritt helps lead Health Intelligence Partners™ , a member-based, health care intelligence service that offers health care research, analysis and thought leadership to participating partners.
Mr. Merritt has served as health policy advisor to the presidential campaigns of Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Fred Thompson, and Senator John McCain. He is also the former CEO of the Center for Health Transformation and the Gingrich Group, a health care policy collaborative founded by Newt Gingrich. Mr. Merritt has also worked with America's Health Insurance Plans, where he led their policy education initiatives.
Mr. Merritt has a distinguished background in health information technology. He edited the book Paper Kills 2.0, the 2010 sequel toPaper Kills, an award-winning book about the promises and challenges of implementing health information technology. He also served on former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine's Health Information Technology Council as well as the quality workgroup of his Health Reform Commission. He has served on numerous advisory boards, including the board of commissioners of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.
Mr. Merritt earned his master's degree in political science and government from Loyola University Chicago and earned his bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University.
Director of Health Care Initiatives
Matt Quinn recently joined the FCC as Director of Healthcare Initiatives. Prior, he led efforts at NIST and AHRQ to improve the usability and accessibility of health IT and to realize the value of health IT in emerging models of care delivery. In addition, Matt served as program management lead for the National Resource Center for Health IT, as lead staff for the Quality Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and as Co-Chair of the Assistive Technology Subcommittee of the Interagency Committee for Disability Research (ICDR).
Before joining government, Mr. Quinn was the Healthcare Industry Program Manager for Teradata and was responsible for healthcare strategy and partnerships for the company. Prior, he led marketing for Quantros, a patient safety and clinical outcomes improvement software company, managed GE Healthcare's "Six Sigma for Healthcare" clinical outcomes performance improvement consulting services and data analytic products, helped build an early Personal Health Record (PHR) company, and served as an Army Engineer Officer.
Matt earned an engineering degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University.
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Cora Tung Han is an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection where she investigates and prosecutes violations of federal laws protecting the privacy and security of consumer information, and works on related policy matters.
Her law enforcement actions have included the Commission's settlements with Twitter and Facebook. In addition, Cora was one of the principal authors of the FTC's Health Breach Notification Rule. Prior to joining the FTC, Cora was an attorney with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where her practice focused on trademark, copyright, and media law. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.
Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
Kathy is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC). MATRC was established in September 2011 with the mission of providing technical support and other resources to Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC in order to advance the adoption and utilization of telehealth within the MATRC region. Kathy is also a faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU where she has been teaching an online graduate level Research Methods course since 2008.
Just prior to her position with the MATRC, Kathy was Director of the Division of Primary Care and Rural Health in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). The OMHHE serves as the State Office of Rural Health, Primary Care Office and Office of Minority Health for Virginia. Kathy's public service career reflects over twenty years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning at the federal, state and local government levels. Kathy has had a successful history with grants that includes identifying, writing and managing over $13 million of grant funded programs and services in the past six years.
Kathy received her B.A in Psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. Her specialization was in Group Interventions. Areas of particular interest include family, cultural, and religious issues in preventive health. Kathy also has a Certificate from the Management Academy for Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.
Medicaid, Health Care Purchasing, Health System Reform
Brian Osberg is the Program Director for the Health Division of the National Governors Association. He focuses on best practices related to Medicaid and CHIP and the intersection of those programs with other health care areas including public health and insurance exchanges. He comes to NGA with more than 35 years of experience in both the private and public sectors with expertise in health management and policy. Osberg held executive roles for health care systems in Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota and served as state Medicaid director for Minnesota.
US Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Rodney Whitlock was born and raised in Salem, Virginia. He graduated from Roanoke College in 1987. He spent two years at Appalachian State University as an assistant coach with the Men's Soccer Team, earning a Master's Degree in 1989. From 1989 through 1994, Rodney was in the political science program at the University of Georgia. He completed his doctorate in political science in March of 1998.
Rodney met Charlie Norwood in the summer of 1994 and handled debate prep during the Congressman's first campaign. After the election, he joined Congressman Norwood's staff and moved to Washington because he really couldn't think of a good reason not to. During his years with Congressman Norwood, he managed the Patients' Bill of Rights. On October 7, 1999, it passed the House by a vote of 275-151. He continued staffing the fight for a Patients' Bill of Rights, which passed the House again in 2001. In February 2005, Rodney left the Office of Congressman Norwood to join the Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor for Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa.
He was lead Senate staffer for the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. In 2007, Rodney worked on the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act that passed Congress twice and was subsequently vetoed twice by President Bush. He spent 2009 and 2010 deeply engaged in health care reform legislation. Late in 2010, he became the Acting Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley and shepherded the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 into law during his brief tenure. He remains Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley now in the Senator's personal office.
In his spare time, Rodney teaches at The George Washington University in both the Department of Health Policy and the Graduate School of Political Management. He has taught at the college level for 21 of the last 26 years. He is also a collector of antique air-cooled Volkswagens and a back-of-the-pack triathlete. Rodney resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Sylvia, his son Matthew and daughter Samantha.
Bipartisan Policy Center
Katherine Hayes is the director of health policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Prior to joining BPC, Hayes worked as an associate research professor in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and served as co-director of Health Reform GPS: Navigating Health Reform Implementation, a website jointly sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and GW's Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program.
Charlene Frizzera serves as a Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners and is also a member of the firm's FuturePanel. Ms. Frizzera is an outstanding thought leader with exceptional operational knowledge surrounding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Ms. Frizzera was Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where she was responsible for leading the policy and operational aspects of CMS while executing the design and implementation plan for the recently implemented Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Frizzera's CMS career includes positions as Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Director for the Center of Medicaid and State Operations. Through the years Ms. Frizzera led the integration of the agency's trades programs and policies across components and leading all operational aspects of CMS including budget, information technology and systems, human resources, contracting, administration, and program integrity. She was also able to modernize the information technology infrastructure in CMS, and design and implement an aggressive program for reducing fraud, waste and abuse.
As a well deserved mark of respect, Ms. Frizzera received the Presidential Rank Award in 2000 and 2008. This award is received by the top 1% of the Senior Executive Service in the country for outstanding leadership.