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Robert E. Mechanic, MBA, 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.

Jennifer Perloff

Deborah Brafford is responsible for financial management of the Institute for Accountable Care and also serves as the Director of Financial Management for the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS). She brings over 20 years of financial management experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Deborah worked for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) where she was senior director of business operations, communications and education for APhAís government contract with Health Resources and Services Administrationís Office of Pharmacy Affairs management of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, responsible for financial and data management, contract compliance and reporting, oversight of subcontracts and subcontractors, communications and education. Prior to APhA she worked for the APhA Foundation and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, serving as director of finance in both organizations. She also brings operational, marketing and financial management experiences from two DC law firms, MCI and Citicorp. Deborah received her bachelor of arts degree in marketing and business management at DePaul University School for New Learning in Chicago.

Teresa Litton, MPH, comes from the Washington Health Alliance (a purchaser led, multi-payer data base) where she led state-wide efforts around Choosing Wisely, disparities in care, and quality improvement. Prior to the Alliance, Ms. Litton worked as the ACO development manager at the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement where she worked on projects around the formation of a commercial ACO integrated delivery system and supporting strategies, including: health information exchange solutions, primary care medical homes, behavioral health/primary care integration, and care coordination. Ms. Littonís background includes 10 years at an international organization where she led humanitarian teams to refugee camps, orphanages, and impoverished communities in developing countries. Ms. Litton also worked at the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organizationís US/Mexico Field Office supporting the efforts of a Center of Excellence in chronic disease. Ms. Litton graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in community health from Western Washington University and has a master of public health in health services from the University of Washington.
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