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Robert A. Berenson is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. He is an expert in health care policy, particularly Medicare, with experience practicing medicine, serving in senior positions in two administrations, and helping organize and manage a successful preferred provider organization. His primary research and policy interests currently are in the areas of payment and delivery system reform, market concentration, and performance measurement. Dr. Berenson serves on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. In 2012, he completed service on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, including two years as Vice- Chair. From 1998-2000, he was in charge of Medicare payment policy and private health plan contracting in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, he served on the Carter White House Domestic Policy Staff. Dr. Berenson is a board-certified internist who practiced for twenty years, the last twelve in a Washington, D.C. group practice, and while practicing helped organize and manage a successful PPO serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Dr. Berenson received a bachelorís degree from Brandeis University and a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health.

Don Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is also former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Bostonís Children's Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Womenís Hospital. He has also served as Vice Chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recognized as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, Dr. Berwick has received numerous awards for his contributions. In 2005, he was appointed "Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire" by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and six books. He currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Clif Gaus is currently president and CEO of the National Association of ACOs, which he helped found in 2012. Dr. Gaus has a diverse background as a public servant, entrepreneur and health executive. He served in senior health positions under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Clinton. In the 1970s and Ď80s, as associate administrator of HCFA (now CMS), he directed the development of a broad range of innovations in health care financing and delivery, including the DRG hospital payment system, RBRVS physician payment system, Medicare Hospice Programs and Medicare payment of Physician Assistants. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ). In the late Ď90s Dr. Gaus held the position of executive vice president and chief administrative officer of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. Prior to WellPoint, he was senior vice president of the national Kaiser Permanente Health System in Oakland, California. From 2002-10 he served on the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University. In recent years he has consulted for a number of prominent organizations, including a six-month engagement with the Administrator of CMS working on the ACO regulations and the start-up of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He holds a master's degree in health administration from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Science in health care management from The Johns Hopkins University.

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Health Policy, and Director of the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Dr. McClellan is also a faculty member and senior health policy advisor for the University of Texas, Austin, Dell Medical School. He is a physician-economist who focuses on quality and value in health care including payment reform, real-world evidence and more effective drug and device innovation. He is former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. He was previously Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a faculty member at Stanford University.

J. Michael McWilliams is a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. He is also an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing general internist at Brigham and Womenís Hospital. Dr. McWilliamsí research focuses on health care spending, quality, access, and disparities in aging populations. The overarching goal of his work is to inform the development of payment and delivery systems, insurance coverage, markets, and regulatory policy that support value and equity in health care, with a particular emphasis on the Medicare program. He is currently leading research funded by the NIA, NCI, AHRQ, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a range of related topics, including Accountable Care Organizations and other new payment models, provider consolidation, health care prices, risk adjustment, low-value care, the role of organizations in technology diffusion, and coverage expansions in the South. Dr. McWilliams received a bachelors of science degree with highest distinction in biology as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MD magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School, and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.

Robert E. Mechanic, M.B.A, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Accountable Care where he is responsible for leading its research agenda and health care learning and improvement activities. He is also Senior Fellow at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where he also serves as Executive Director of the Health Industry Forum. His research focuses on health care payment systems and the adaptation of organizations to new payment models. He has helped hospitals, physician groups and integrated delivery systems evaluate financial, strategic and policy considerations under risk-based payment models. Mr. Mechanic was previously Senior Vice President with the Massachusetts Hospital Association and was Vice President with the Lewin Group, a Washington D.C.-based health care consulting firm. Mr. Mechanicís work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Health Affairs. He is a trustee of Atrius Health, an 800-physician multispecialty group practice and Next Generation ACO in Eastern Massachusetts, and he is a Senior Fellow of the Estes Park Institute. Mr. Mechanic earned an MBA in finance from The Wharton School and a BS in economics with distinction from the University of Wisconsin.

Stephen Nuckolls currently serves as the chief executive officer of Coastal Carolina Health Care, PA, and its ACO, Coastal Carolina Quality Care, Inc. His responsibilities include the direct management of the 50 provider multi-specialty physician-owned medical practice. Additionally, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the medical practice's Advanced Payment Model ACO that was selected by CMS in the initial round in April 2012. Prior to the formation of this organization, Mr. Nuckolls helped guide physicians and integrated hospital organizations in the formation of larger systems. Mr. Nuckolls earned a bachelorís degree in economics from Davidson College and a MAC from University of North Carolinaís Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a founding board member of NAACOS and currently serves as treasurer.

Denise Prince is senior vice president and chief operations officer for population health at Mount Sinai Health System. Most recently, she served as system vice president, value-based care and vice president, population health at Geisinger Health System. Ms. Prince co-led Geisingerís participation in the CMS Innovation Centerís Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative and was the chief executive officer for the Keystone ACO. In addition, she provided senior leadership to the care continuum service line with operational responsibility for walk-in clinics and post-acute services. Previously, she served as the founder and managing partner for Geisinger Ventures. She was awarded an MBA and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelorís degree from Mount Holyoke College. Ms. Prince currently serves as an advisory board member for the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry and for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Lisa Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 80 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare, particularly for children and vulnerable populations. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson spent eight years as a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Health Policy Scholars Program National Advisory Councils, and the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research. In October 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Simpson's areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of health care; health and health care disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.

Barbara Walters is executive vice president and chief population health officer at Trinity Health were she is responsible for continuing the development and implementation of the strategic initiatives in population health management. She is a key system representative and spokesperson with external stakeholders (payer relationships, governmental advocacy, and public health policy) for these population health activities. Dr. Walters is also responsible for Trinityís Physician Network Operations. She joined Trinity Health from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she was the executive medical director. Barbara led the development of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pioneer ACO, as well as a three-state Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO. She has also had responsibility for the operation of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Group Practices, which included more than 400 providers. Dr. Walters spent 26 years in a variety of increasingly responsible medical director positions at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Carolina-Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. She's also worked as an adjunct clinical professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and as a psychiatrist at Kaiser and Wake Mental Health Center. She holds a DO from Michigan State University and an MBA from Duke University.


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