2022 Speakers

Formerly, Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, CMS

Michael S. Adelberg

Principal, Lead, Healthcare Strategy Practice, Faegre Drinker Consulting
Iris Healthcare

Dr. Stephen Bekanich M.D

Chief Medical Officer
Independence Blue Cross

Kortney Cruz

Vice President, Medicare Sales and Marketing
UCare

Gregory A. Hanley, FACHE, CPHQ

Vice President, Quality Management & Pharmacy
Florida Blue

Tab Harris

Senior Director, Provider Connectivity Solutions
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Naomi Irvin

Chief of Staff, Government Markets
Providence Health Assurance & Providence Health Plan

Lisa Jensen

Director of Payment Integrity
Cigna

Christine Leo

Vice President, Senior Products
Martin's Point Health Care

Dawn Peterson

Director of Risk Adjustment
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP

Executive Medical Director, Population Health
Geisinger

Stacey Staudenmeier, MSW, LSW, MHA.

Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices
CareSource

Karin VanZant

Vice President National SDOH Strategy
Speakers Biographies


Michael S. Adelberg

Principal, Lead, Healthcare Strategy Practice,
Formerly, Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, CMS
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

Mike Adelberg leads the Healthcare Strategy Practice at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting. He has 25 years progressive healthcare industry and government experience in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance. Mike spent fifteen years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including concurrently serving as the director of the Insurance Programs Group and the acting director of the Exchange Policy and Operations Group in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) where he oversaw most of the functions of the federally-run health insurance exchanges; serving as the Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, where he supervised the annual cycle for review and award of Medicare Advantage bids and contracts, developed CMS’s operational policy, and led the monitoring of Medicare Advantage contractors; and serving as the associate regional administrator for Medicare operations (Chicago Region) and the director of education and assistance programs. Mike gained private sector experience as vice president of product development and government affairs for the Universal American Corporation, a multi-state health insurer which operated Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plans (subsequently acquired by Wellcare).

He has also led or co-led health policy studies published in Health Affairs and The American Journal of Managed Care. Mike speaks and publishes frequently on healthcare topics and has served on numerous advisory committees. He’s been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Modern Healthcare, NPR, and other leading media. In his spare time, Mike is an author. He’s written three novels, a history book, several scholarly journal articles, and over sixty book reviews.

Dr. Stephen Bekanich M.D

Chief Medical Officer
Iris Healthcare

Stephen J. Bekanich, M.D. is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Iris Healthcare, a disease-specific advance care planning service. Prior to this he served as the CEO of Ascension Health’s Texas ACO with 2,500 physicians and $45m in shared savings across government and commercial contracts. He was the Chief Medical Officer of the health insurance joint venture between Cigna and Ascension Health. Before moving to Austin, he held the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Utah’s Medical Center where he started and directed their palliative medicine programs. Dr. Bekanich is the recipient of awards for medical leadership, innovation in health care, teaching, and patient and family satisfaction. His research is in the field of communication and pain. He serves on national boards and committees including the National Clinical Advisory Council for Cigna. His greatest joy in life is spending time with his wife and their three children.

Kortney Cruz

Vice President, Medicare Sales and Marketing
Independence Blue Cross

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Medicare at Independence Blue Cross, Kortney is a long-time leader accountable for marketing Medicare products and services to the communities we serve, and helping those communities enroll into the Medicare coverage they need. She is directly responsible for acquisition and member retention marketing, product development, sales operations and sales management at Independence in the Medicare area. Her goal is to deliver innovative and value driven communications, and she is passionate about enriching the connection between Independence Blue Cross and our membership.

Gregory A. Hanley, FACHE, CPHQ

Vice President, Quality Management & Pharmacy
UCare

, Greg is the Vice President of Quality Management & Pharmacy for UCare. UCare serves over 400,000 members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Greg provides oversight and direction for the CMS Star Ratings improvement program, HEDIS, CAHPS, HOS, QRS, QIS, NCQA Accreditation, member complaints, appeals, and grievance process, practitioner credentialing, and Pharmacy. UCare has had an Excellent NCQA Accreditation rating since 2014 and has a 4.5 Star Medicare Advantage plan.
Prior to joining UCare, Greg was the Midwest Regional Director of Quality Improvement at Coventry Health Care in Kansas City, MO. As such, he oversaw Coventry’s credentialing, NCQA Accreditation, CAHPS and quality of care, as well as its quality Committees and all quality improvement projects.
Greg retired from the Army in 2005 after a 21-year career as a Medical Service Corps Officer and in Psychological Operations. Greg is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as a Fellow (FACHE) in health care management and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Business Administration from Portland State University.

Tab Harris

Senior Director, Provider Connectivity Solutions
Florida Blue

Tab Harris is the senior director of the Provider Connectivity Solutions and EDI Operations organization at Florida Blue. He and his team are accountable for all provider e-capabilities including HIPAA and HL7 electronic transactions and messages in addition to portal-based solutions. Florida Blue is recognized as an industry leader in automation and provider solutions and is a model for gateway management and mandate implementations.

Harris has 30 years of Commercial and Medicare health payer experience at Florida Blue and its associated organizations and has worked the majority of this time in the electronic data interchange and interoperability space. Harris is a frequent attendee and is occasionally asked to present at organized medicine and standards workgroup meetings and conferences. He is a council member of the State of Florida Health Information Exchange Coordinating Committee 1 and the CAQH EDI Efficiency Index Advisory Council 2 and attends and is a voting member at X12, HIMSS and WEDI events.

Key initiatives that Harris has led and contributed to at Florida Blue; EMR integrations, EDI conversions ( X12 3051, to 4010 to 5010 formats), CMS/ONC Interoperability APIs – proprietary financial processing conversion to the CMS HIGLAS system – CORE Operating Rules Phases I-IV and the clinical connectivity and data exchange (C-CDA/FHIR) with providers and health facilities through-out the state of Florida.

Naomi Irvin

Chief of Staff, Government Markets
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Naomi Irvin is a California native who relocated to North Carolina in 2006. She earned her undergraduate degree and MBA with a Marketing Certificate from East Carolina University (ECU). With over a decade of health insurance experience, Naomi currently leads a team of Compliance Consultants within the Sales, Marketing and Communications division of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Her focus is balancing business objectives with compliance requirements.

Lisa Jensen

Director of Payment Integrity
Providence Health Assurance & Providence Health Plan

Lisa is the Director of Payment Integrity at Providence Health Plans in Beaverton, OR. She has had the good fortune to spend much of her over 30 year healthcare career educating colleagues on coding, revenue cycle improvement and compliance. She has a broad range of healthcare experiences in small physician’s clinics, multi-practice medical/surgical practices, a large teaching hospital, compliance consulting, and a medium-size health plan. Lisa is a national speaker at conferences and seminars regarding healthcare reimbursement, and coding skills. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Business Leadership. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) since 1996 and has a certification in Health Care Compliance.

CHRISTINE LEO

Vice President, Senior Products
Cigna

Ms. Leo oversees the overall performance, strategic direction and product development for Cigna Healthspring's Medicare products. Prior to joining Cigna, she worked for Aetna, where she was most recently was the National Head for Medicare Advantage product and strategy.

Previously, Ms. Leo held leadership roles at Aetna in national contracting, network contracting, operations and dental. She has an MBA from St. Joseph's University and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Dawn Peterson

Director of Risk Adjustment
Martin's Point Health Care

Dawn Peterson is the Director of Risk Adjustment operations for Martin’s Point Health Care. Dawn has sixteen years of service on the business side of medicine within integrated health systems across the Nation. Professional positions Dawn has served in are various and in the fields of communication, auditing, education, billing and coding and leadership for professional fee for service, risk adjustment, care and utilization management, population health and HEDIS chart retrieval and review.

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP

Executive Medical Director, Population Health
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP is the Executive Medical Director, Population Health at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. His expertise encompasses physician leadership, population health management, clinical and operational performance improvement in health care, medical education and scientific communications. He has been one of the driving forces for the creation of and successful maturation of value based models in New Jersey. Dr. Peskin is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a clinical preceptor at The Eric B. Chandler Clinic for interns and residents in Internal Medicine. Dr. Peskin assists with the Population Health and business of medicine training for the Rutgers RWJ Internal Medicine physicians in training. Dr. Peskin was advanced to Master of the American College of Physicians in 2020. Dr. Peskin received his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stacey Staudenmeier, MSW, LSW, MHA.

Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices
Geisinger

As the Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices for Geisinger Health Plan, Stacey Staudenmeier is responsible for the oversight of the Behavioral Health Care Management, Special Needs Unit and Community Health Assistant program within Population Health. Stacey’s team focuses on high risk women’s and pediatrics, coordination of physical health and behavioral health, and addressing Social Determinants of Health to improve access and quality of health care. Stacey joined Geisinger Health Plan in 2013 as the Behavioral Health Coordinator and in 2015 joined the Population Health team. Prior to joining Geisinger, Stacey worked for a Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization as a Senior Care Manager for 4+ years and has an additional 8 years’ experience working in Behavioral Health with over half of that time providing direct patient care as well as management and oversight in an Outpatient setting. Stacey is a graduate of the Temple University School of Social Work Master’s Program and currently holds a Pennsylvania Social Work License. Additionally, Stacey holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.

Karin VanZant

Vice President National SDOH Strategy
CareSource

Karin VanZant is the Vice President of National Social Determinants of Health Strategy at CareSource. Since 2015, Mrs. VanZant oversees the work of Social Determinants of Health at CareSource and the full integration into the Population Health Model. Specifically, Mrs. VanZant has built the Life Services strategy, CareSource’s brand of SDOH partnerships, programs and pilots. The first and largest program of Life Services is JobConnectTM - a workforce development program that assists CareSource members to enter into full-time, permanent employment. In 2015, JobConnectTM started in Ohio and expanded to Indiana and Georgia Medicaid Markets as of 2017. Karin leads a team that is currently working on hunger and housing strategies as a part of Life Services. Prior to joining CareSource, Karin was the co- founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc. For ten years as this organization’s leader, Karin assisted the team to live out the mission of equipping and facilitating collaboration among people and organizations seeking ways to promote greater connectedness and a more thriving community.

Karin VanZant has a MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. Karin is certified in various curriculums that address comprehensive poverty issues in the United States. She has helped author presentations and curriculum for use within nonprofit, business and faith-based organizations seeking to become relevant and holistic in their approach to poverty alleviation. Mrs. VanZant is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on a variety of subjects including US Hunger and Poverty, Justice and Equity, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management, Holistic Case Management and Emotional Intelligence. She lives in Springfield, Ohio with her husband and two boxer dogs.

Dan Weaver

Vice President, Stars, Quality & Risk Adjustment
Gateway Health

Daniel Weaver is an established leader with extensive experience developing and implementing intervention strategies to improve Medicare Stars performance. With demonstrated success with innovative intervention programs, Daniel's team has consistently delivered market-leading performance and forward-thinking engagement with providers and members.