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2021 Speakers

Network Health

Elizabeth Benz

Vice President Government Programs
Optima Health

Catherine Brisland, DO, MBA, FCCP

Medical Director
Commonwealth Care Alliance

Lauren Easton

Vice President of Innovations
UCare

Gregory A. Hanley, FACHE, CPHQ

Vice President, Quality Management & Pharmacy
Tufts Health Plan

Jonathan Harding

Senior Medical Director for Senior Products
Providence Health Assurance

Brandy Hilgefort

Medicare Operational Compliance Program Manager
iCare

Lisa Holden

Vice President, Accountable Care
fallonhealth

Carolyn Langer, MD, JD, MPH

SVP and Chief Medical Officer
Cigna

Christine Leo

Vice President, Senior Products
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Tom Nasadoski, MBA

Director, Risk Adjustment and Recovery
T-Base Communications

Jan Smith Reed

Director of U.S. Healthcare
Geisinger

Joann P. Sciandra, MHA, BSN, RN, CCM

Vice President of Care Coordination and Integration
Geisinger

Stacey Staudenmeier, MSW, LSW, MHA.

Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices
Providence Health Assurance

Keri Steege

Medicare Compliance Officer/Director of Medicare Compliance
Gateway Health

Dan Weaver

Vice President, Stars, Quality & Risk Adjustment
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Kristen Viviano

Risk Adjustment
Formerly, Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, CMS

Michael S. Adelberg

Principal, Lead, Healthcare Strategy Practice, Faegre Drinker Consulting
Speakers Biographies


Elizabeth Benz

Vice President Government Programs
Network Health

Catherine Brisland, DO, MBA, FCCP

Medical Director
Optima Health

Dr. Catherine Brisland is a Medical Director for Optima Health with expertise in government programs, specifically, Virginia Medicaid Long Term services and Supports (MLTSS). In this role, Dr. Brisland draws from her solid clinical foundation as she works to interface with providers and utilization management to provide high quality and financial management within the framework of the MLTSS Model of Care.

Dr. Brisland earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1994 and her Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. She finished her Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine training at Scott and White Hospital (Texas A&M University) in 1998 and completed her Critical Care Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 2001. She is board certified in Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine and continues to practice medicine as a hospitalist.

Lauren Easton

Vice President of Innovations
Commonwealth Care Alliance

For over a decade, Lauren Easton, LICSW, has served as a Behavioral Health leader for Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA). Over the years and in various roles, Lauren has been largely responsible for developing CCA's behavioral health integration across its care models, for creating a responsive network, and for creating many innovative programs, including CCA’s Crisis Stabilization Units. Lauren embraced the integration of behavioral health and medical care long before the concept became "trendy." She has made behavioral health integration a hallmark of program development throughout her professional life.

In her current role, Lauren is responsible for the oversight of CCA's behavioral health services, delivered through its network of behavioral health providers and internal behavioral health specialists to CCA's 22,000+ members. She is responsible for assisting clinical leadership in improving the level of integration of Primary Care and behavioral health services for CCA members and for guiding network development, cost management, and quality improvement activities. She oversees the Behavioral Health development and expansion of the One Care program and Senior Care Option Program, paying particular attention to the significant mental health needs of this population.

Lauren holds a master's degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. She also attended Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, where she completed a double Major in psychology and education.

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.

Jonathan Harding

Senior Medical Director for Senior Products
Tufts Health Plan

Dr. Harding received his bachelor's degree and his degree in medicine from Boston University and he is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He also has been certified by the ABMM and ABQAURP, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Harding has previously taught Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine; the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and in Uganda and South Africa.

Brandy Hilgefort

Medicare Operational Compliance Program Manager
Providence Health Assurance

Brandy is the Medicare Operational Compliance Program Manager for Providence Health Assurance in Beaverton, Oregon. Brandy has held a variety of compliance positions within Providence during the last 4 years. In her current role, Brandy and her team are responsible for ensuring plan-wide compliance for each operational area. Brandy finds that the best part of her job is helping operational areas research and implement new regulations, there is never a dull moment. Brandy feels that if a Compliance team isn’t approachable things can go wrong quickly.

Lisa Holden

Vice President, Accountable Care
iCare

Lisa Holden is the Vice President Accountable Care for Independent Health Care Plan (iCare) located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In her role, Holden is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programs to obtain measured care management performance levels and for the ongoing management of the iCare’s Medicaid and Medicare member experience within its model of care.

Holden has extensive and varied experience in nonprofit management, government affairs, public policy, coalition building and leadership. Prior to joining iCare in 2014, Holden was the Senior Director of Organizational Development and Education at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara. Holden’s public policy and government affairs experience includes eight years serving as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and Board Member for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Under her leadership CCADV became a state and national leader on addressing the needs of domestic violence victims within the criminal justice system.

Holden’s nursing leadership career included serving as the Regional Manager for Ambulatory and Community Women’s Health Services for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. In that position Holden led efforts to improve health care services for women and children and foster reform and improvements in government agencies and community organizations to reduce infant mortality. From 1983 to 2000, Holden was extensively involved in both the March of Dimes and the Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care (WAPC) Board of Directors, chairing the joint Public Policy committee.

Holden is a graduate of Marquette University and has a Certificate in Integral Leadership by the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business. Holden is a legacy participant in the Refiner’s Playground and certified in Leadership Coaching with Horses.

Carolyn Langer, MD, JD, MPH

SVP and Chief Medical Officer
fallonhealth

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.

Tom Nasadoski, MBA

Director, Risk Adjustment and Recovery
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Tom Nasadoski is currently serving as the Director, Risk Adjustment and Recovery after being named Manager, Risk Adjustment in February, 2011. In this position, he oversees managing the Medicare Advantage, Commercial, and Medicaid risk adjustment initiatives and CMS reimbursement to the plan. Tom has built a Risk Adjustment unit at CDPHP consisting of over 20 internal staff with 7 specific job titles.

Nasadoski joined CDPHP in 2003 and has more than 20 years of managed care experience. His experience includes hospital contracting, vendor management, government program financial analysis, contract negotiation, application implementation, and revenue cycle management. Prior to joining CDPHP, Nasadoski served as a provider appeal coordinator for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

He earned a Master in Business Administration degree from SUNY Empire State College as well as an advanced certificate in health care management in 2011. He also was a member of the Leadership Tech Valley program class of 2014 and became a Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC) in 2018.

Jan Smith Reed

Director of U.S. Healthcare
T-Base Communications

Jan Smith Reed has dedicated her career to discovering and implementing solutions across the Healthcare enterprise. Combining her broad industry knowledge, education, and social awareness she brings a holistic view of best practice to achieve business goals, advocate for patients, and ensure compliance. Having personally experienced blindness, Jan is passionate to bring awareness and solutions to simplify the challenges around healthcare accessibility. She is excited to represent T-Base Communications as Director of US Healthcare.

Joann P. Sciandra, MHA, BSN, RN, CCM

Vice President of Care Coordination and Integration
Geisinger

Joann Sciandra MHA, BSN, RN, CCM is the Vice President of Care Coordination and Integration at Geisinger, one of the nation’s largest health care organizations. In her role, Joann is accountable for the oversight of outpatient Care Management services, Proven Health Navigator® (PHN) (Medical Home), Special Needs Unit and the Staff Development Department.

Joann is charged with managing medical trends, designing, implementing and administering best practice disease and case management programs, collaborating with Geisinger’s Community Medicine and other provider groups in the clinical transformation. Joann also responsible for the oversight and implementation of ProvenHealth Navigator®, leveraging continuous quality improvement, driving and promoting services that are patient-centric.

Prior to her promotion to Vice President, Joann held the role of Associate Vice President of Population Health with a focus on outpatient community services. In this role, she was integral in the start-up, maintenance and providing direction to the nurse case managers within the ProvenHealth Navigator ® program at Geisinger Health Plan. Joann earned her Master of Health Care Administration Degree from Grand Canyon University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Wilkes University. She is also a Certified Case Manager.

Joann has been a co-author for several publications and has presented nationally in Singapore regarding Medical Home and Case Management.

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.

Keri Steege

Medicare Compliance Officer/Director of Medicare Compliance
Providence Health Assurance

Keri serves as the Medicare Compliance Officer and Director of Medicare Compliance for Providence Health Assurance in Beaverton, Oregon. She has over 20 years of Compliance experience in the Medicare industry, as well as a broad range of healthcare experience throughout her career. Keri has spent the last 17 years working for Providence. She has a passion for building Medicare Compliance Programs from the ground up. Keri has had the opportunity to serve as a consultant for other Medicare Advantage Plans through affiliated companies of Providence Health Assurance. Keri enjoys assisting departments and other organizations in understanding and implementing CMS Medicare Advantage requirements.

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.

Kristen Viviano

Risk Adjustment
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Kristen Viviano has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare, working with both payers and providers in various roles and holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration. As the Manager of Risk Adjustment Coding Operations for Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, Viviano leads a team of 14 auditors, chart retrievers, and professional coders. Viviano also oversees operations for a team of 10 international coders. She is involved with coordinating chart retrievals both internally and with multiple vendors. She enjoys learning about new technology and how that could apply and benefit the risk adjustment coding process.

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.