WHCM Spring Forum 2016: The Quest for Value: What It Means for Healthcare Leaders

Event Date:
March 30, 2016
Event Time:
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 93 Worcester Street (Route 9), Wellesley, MA 02481
Registration Fee:
Member $10 Non Member $25 (can apply toward $50 membership fee)

Join us for dinner, networking and a lively, rich discussion as moderator Patricia Noga, PhD, RN, VP, Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Hospital Association leads our esteemed panel in answering:
(1) What does ‘value-based’ care mean to you and your organization and what are you doing to deliver it?
(2) What are new career paths you see in the quest for value, and the skills women in healthcare need to pursue those paths?

• Emily Brower, Vice President, Population Health, Atrius Health
• Patty Blake, President, Senior Products, Tufts Health Plan
• Kelly Fanning, Senior Director, Population Health Management, Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization
• Katharine London, Principal, Center for Health Law and Economics, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Please see panelist bios below.

Patricia Noga, PhD, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, VP Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Hospital
Patricia M. Noga, Vice President, Clinical Affairs of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), leads a variety of clinical and health system-related programs which support Massachusetts hospitals in continually improving patient safety and quality of care, the healthcare workforce, and emergency preparedness. Currently, she is the leader in implementing the MHA’s Statewide Performance Improvement Agenda focusing on statewide initiatives to improve quality, improve efficiency, and improve safety. She leads the state in the continued implementation of the national quality improvement collaborative in Massachusetts hospitals, Hospital Engagement Network; in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust. Pat also co-chairs MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force which issued Guidelines for Emergency Department Opioid Management.

Pat received her Associate in Liberal Arts degree from Elmira College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Skidmore College. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from Suffolk University and her doctoral degree in health policy from the University of Massachusetts.

Emily Brower, Vice President, Population Health, Atrius Health
Emily DuHamel Brower is Vice President of Population Health for Atrius Health, an alliance of three medical groups and a home health care and hospice agency in Massachusetts.
Emily has developed opportunities to support transformational work that measurably improves healthcare for Atrius Health patients, including leading Atrius Health’s implementation of the Pioneer ACO model, an initiative of CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In her position, Brower leads cross-Atrius Health, cross-discipline teams of over 50 people involved in redesigning care, moving from a payer-based to population-based approach for high risk patients.

Patty Blake, President, Senior Products, Tufts Health Plan
Patty joined Tufts Health Plan in 1993 to develop and launch the company’s Medicare business. Under her leadership, Tufts Health Plan established itself as a market leader and became the number one Medicare Advantage plan in Massachusetts. Patty is responsible for all aspects of Tufts Health Plan’s senior business including strategy, product development, network management, care management, marketing and sales. Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred is consistently ranked among the top Medicare Advantage plans in the country by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options earned 5 stars out of a possible 5 from the CMS for 2016, one of only 12 Medicare Advantage plans in the country to receive this rating for 2016.
Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan, Patty spent seven years with PacifiCare Health Systems in California. She was executive director for Secure Horizons USA and was regional director of health services; responsible for provider network performance, network contracting and development and utilization management. Patty began her career in managed care in sales and provider contracting.
Patty serves on the board of directors of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and is actively involved in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Patty received an M.B.A. from the U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management, an M.A. in health care management from the U.C.L.A. School of Public Health and a B.S. in public health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Kelly Fanning, Senior Director, Population Health Management, Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization
Kelly Fanning is the Senior Director of Population Health Management at Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization. In this role, Kelly partners with the Chief Medical Officer to develop the BWPO’s strategy to deliver efficient and high quality care to all of their patients. Specifically, Kelly works within Brigham and Women’s and across the Partners network to redesign care and position BWH as an accountable care organization and a center of excellence.
Prior, Kelly held multiple leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she worked collaboratively to align the needs of members, accounts, and providers. Kelly holds a bachelor of arts from Colby College and an MBA from Simmons.

Katharine London, Principal, Center for Health Law and Economics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Katharine London, MS, Principal, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Health Law and Economics. Ms. London has over 25 years’ experience developing policy in the areas of health care financing, payment reform, cost containment, and quality improvement. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council, Director of Health Policy at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Director of Special Policy Initiatives at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, and Pricing Policy Manager at the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission. Ms. London holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with biology from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.