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Keynote Speakers

Dan Mendelson 
Founder of Avalere Health,
Operating Partner Welsh Carson

Avalere is a vibrant community of innovative thinkers dedicated to solving the challenges of the healthcare system through data-driven advisory services and business intelligence products.  Dan founded the group in 2000, brought in ABS Capital as a minority investor in 2008, and grew the firm organically as CEO to span a community of 250 staff.​
Dan has published widely in peer-reviewed and professional journals on health information technology, the costs of disease, hospital costs and operations, physician payment, the economics of managed care, medical malpractice, and a range of other topics.​

David C. Grabowski, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Care Policy,
​Harvard Medical School​

His research focuses on the economics of aging with a particular interest in the area of long-term care. His research has considered issues related to the financing, organization, and delivery of services for older adults. Ongoing projects include work analyzing the demand for private long-term care insurance, an examination of the economic incentives associated with hospitalizations from the nursing home setting, work analyzing the relationship between Medicare and Medicaid for dual-eligible beneficiaries, and evaluation of nursing home culture change, and an analysis of the growth in potential substitutes for nursing home care, such as assisted living.
Dr. Grabowski is a coeditor of the journal Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, and he is a member of the editorial board of Medical Care Research & Review, and B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis & Policy. He is the 2004 recipient of the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Dr. Grabowski received his BA degree from Duke University and his Ph.D. in public policy from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Tim Engelhardt
Director, CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Tim Engelhardt directs the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, dedicated to improving services for individuals dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Prior to joining CMS in 2010, Tim was a consultant with The Lewin Group, and he previously served as the Deputy Director for Long Term Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Tim received a BA in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  ​


Tim Grimes, JD
Chief Executive Officer
Post-Acute Care Network

Tim Grimes is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Post-Acute Care Network (PACN) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  As the CEO, Tim oversees the network’s strategic vision; develops strategies and programs with health systems and payor organizations around care redesign, care transitions and payment reform; guides the network’s efforts in Bundled Payments and Value-Based Care; and ensures the overall growth and success of the network. Prior to joining PACN, Tim has worked for over 26 years in the health care sector, working in a hospital, physician, home care and emergency medicine environments.  
His focus has been on strategy and business development, partner collaboration, legal and compliance, and operations management. Tim began his career in health care working as Associate General Counsel in a hospital in Southwest Ohio. Tim graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.  

 Chris Smith Ritter, PhD 
Director, Patient Care Models Group
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
Chris Smith Ritter joined CMMI in April 2016 as the Director of the Patient Care Models Group (PCMG). As the Director of PCMG, Chris manages episode and bundle model development and implementation. PCMG’s model portfolio includes the Bundled Payments for Care Initiative Advanced, Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement, Oncology Care Model, Home Health Value Based Purchasing, Medicare Care Choices Model, and the proposed Radiation Oncology Model. Chris has worked in many capacities at CMS in her career.
Most recently she was the Deputy Director of the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group (HAPG), which handles Fee-for-Service (FFS) payment policy for hospitals, physicians, Part B drugs, and laboratories, among others. Chris previously led payment policy for both the hospital outpatient prospective payment system and the physician fee schedule. In addition to FFS payment policy, Chris also has spent time working on coverage, Medicare Advantage quality measures, and the Medicare Drug Card program, a precursor to Part D drug payment.

Sarah Keenan, RN, BSN 
Bluestone Physician Services

Sarah Keenan has worked with seniors and people with disabilities in the health care industry for over 20 years providing community care expertise and implementing clinical programs on a population health scale.
Sarah began her career as a RN in long term care in both direct care and administrative roles. Sarah continued her work with seniors in the care coordination industry, becoming one of the first care coordinators for the dual-eligible population. Sarah advanced from working in direct care coordination for seniors to holding leadership roles with in managed care where she directed several programs for seniors and people with disabilities. She has been published in medical home journals and spoken nationally on preventative care in the Medicare population and care coordination.
Sarah has been with Bluestone since 2011 and works with both the Primary Care and Care Coordination programs as President. She has designed, implemented, and provided oversight for programs that focus on high-risk care with the ultimate goal of improving quality of care for all those whom Bluestone serves.


Heather Barkes, JD, Division Director

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services / Center for Medicare
Medicare Drug and Health Plan Contract Administration Group
Division of Policy, Analysis, and Planning

Heather Barkes has worked at CMS since 2010 as a Health Insurance Specialist, Deputy Division Director, and now Division Director with the Division of Policy, Analysis, and Planning in the Medicare Contract Administration Group. She works to develop and manage various areas of MA and PACE policy. Heather has a Bachelor's degree in English and Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law

Nancy Archibald, MHA, MBA
Senior Program Officer
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)
Nancy Archibald, MHA, MBA, is a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), where she works on initiatives related to managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) and integrated care for individuals enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. She leads CHCS’ work on the Integrated Care Resource Center and the Measurement, Monitoring, and Evaluation of State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals. Ms. Archibald also supports a variety of other projects including Promoting Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles (PRIDE) and Advancing Value in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports. Prior to joining CHCS, Ms. Archibald was a freelance writer and principal of the Blaxhall Group, specializing in health services research. She also was an analyst at Mathematica Policy Research where she conducted both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of federally sponsored demonstrations, such as the Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration, Informatics for Diabetes Education and Telemedicine Demonstration, and the National Home Health Prospective Payment Demonstration. Ms. Archibald also served as a project director for the Peer Review Organization of New Jersey, designing and managing health care quality improvement projects for Medicare beneficiaries. Ms.Archibald earned master’s degrees in both health policy administration and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh where she received a fellowship from the Health Policy Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in biology/psychology from Bates College.​

Catherine Murphy-Barron, MBA, FSA, MAAA
Principal, Consulting Actuary

Catherine Murphy-Barron is a principal and consulting actuary in the New York office of Milliman. She joined the firm in 1991. Cathy focuses primarily on health insurance and managed care consulting. Her clients include HMOs, commercial insurers, provider-led insurers, Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans, and healthcare providers. Cathy also works with Medicare and Medicaid programs. Cathy’s experience includes assisting clients with pricing, benefit plan design, Medicare Advantage bid development, risk analysis, and claim liability estimates. She helps clients with reimbursement and incentive system development, including capitation and pay for performance. Cathy also assists clients with their regulatory filings and experience analysis.​

Kelly Cronin, MPH, MS
Deputy Administrator, Center for Innovation and Partnership, Administration for Community Living,
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Kelly Cronin serves as Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Innovation and Partnership at HHS’ Administration for Community Living. She has been with the HHS since 2001, in a variety of roles at the FDA, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which she helped establish as its first employee. For several years, she coordinated health IT programs and policies with health care payment and delivery system reform. In her current role, she oversees programs to support Medicare beneficiaries access to low-income subsidies, health insurance counseling on their benefit options, State No Wrong Door systems to enable access to long-term services and supports as well as assistive technologies. Her Center also leads efforts to develop and integrate networks of community-based organizations into health care delivery to address social determinants of health. She holds a master of public health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics and a master of science in health policy from the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University.

Richard A. Feifer, MD, MPH, FACP
President, Genesis Physician Services
Chief Medical Officer, Genesis HealthCare

Dr. Rich Feifer is president of Genesis Physician Services and chief medical officer at Genesis HealthCare, the nation's largest skilled nursing and long-term care provider, operating approximately 400 facilities in 30 states. He leads a team of over 550 clinicians who provide care for many Genesis patients, in addition to the medical directors at every Genesis skilled nursing facility. In support of these front-line providers, he also has direct management responsibility for the non-clinical functional areas, including operations and finance. More broadly across Genesis, he leads all aspects of pharmacy management. His primary focus is the active transition from volume-based fee-for-service to value-based care and reimbursement. In that capacity, he serves as chief medical officer of the Genesis HealthCare Accountable Care Organization, which is the only national ACO focused on nursing home patients.

Prior to joining Genesis, Dr. Feifer served as Aetna’s chief medical officer of National Accounts. He led Clinical Consulting, Strategy, and Analysis, which helped our nation’s largest employers improve the health and productivity of their employees and dependents. Before Aetna, Dr. Feifer served as vice president of Clinical Program Innovation and Evaluation at Medco, where he was responsible for the organization’s portfolio of care enhancement programs.
A graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Feifer is a board-certified internist with experience in population health, primary care, geriatrics, and urgent care medicine. He received his MPH in Health Services Management from Columbia University and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut.

Jason H. Feuerman President,
 LTC ACO Genesis HealthCare, Inc.​

Jason H. Feuerman is responsible for leading strategic value-based initiatives at Genesis, including the development and participation in advanced alternative payment models that provide effective post-acute solutions at lower costs. Mr. Feuerman leads LTC ACO, the first of its type dedicated exclusively to management of the full Medicare costs of nursing facility residents, having also led Genesis Physician Services that employs and contracts with over 500 physicians and nurse practitioners providing services in Genesis skilled nursing centers, as well as Genesis managed care initiatives and participation in BPCI Model 3. Prior to joining Genesis, Mr. Feuerman served as Senior Vice President and President of the Public Sector and Health Plan Division of Value Options, Inc. Prior to joining Value Options, Mr. Feuerman served as President of Bravo Health, a subsidiary of Cigna, Inc. and as President of Senior Care Centers of America, a leading provider of adult day health services. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of Maryland.

Michael Hensley, LNHA
Chief Marketing Officer
Burgess Square Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center

Michael Hensley, LNHA is Chief Marketing Officer and member of Burgess Square Nursing and Rehab Center's Owner/Management team. Burgess Square is a 203 bed nursing and rehab facility. Under his leadership, Burgess Square's healthcare ratings and market share in the local healthcare arena have increased substantially. His unique understanding of the balance between business savvy and compassionate care is what drives Burgess Square's success.
Mike joined Burgess Square in 2008. He has been instrumental in the growth of census, customer satisfaction, and outcomes. Prior to joining Burgess Square, he was the Senior Admissions Director for ManorCare Health Services of Hinsdale. In his 12 years with ManorCare, Mike's contributions to census and quality improvements helped make Hinsdale's results unparalleled in the company.

Mike’s experience and knowledge of medicine, geriatrics, and rehabilitation has positioned him as resource for many healthcare professionals. His understanding of advertising, social media, physician relations, hospital integration, staff training, and education also serve to enhance his impact on the organization's positive results.

Mike obtained his License in Nursing Home Administration in 2009. He is a former Board Member of the La Grange Highlands Educational Foundation. He is also an active board member of the Westmont Chamber of Commerce. His collaborative involvement in the Adventist Post Acute Care Consortium has led to many positive changes in the continuum of care. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Counseling and History from the University of Iowa.

David Gifford, MD, MPH Senior Vice President,
Quality & Regulatory Affairs and
Chief Medical Officer AHCA/NCAL

David Gifford, MD, MPH, is the Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at the American Health Care Association, the largest association in the country representing long term and post-acute care facilities. He helped create the Quality Department which assists providers in their quality improvement efforts and works with Administration officials on regulations and policies impacting the profession and established the Center for Health Policy Evaluation in LTC. Dr. Gifford also serves on the Boards of the Baldrige Foundation and Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign. He is a former Director of the Rhode Island State Department of Health and Chief Medical Officer for Quality Partners of Rhode Island where he directed CMS' national nursing home-based quality improvement effort. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and conducted his geriatric fellowship at UCLA where he also earned his Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology.