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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.

Sanjukta Pal, MPH, MS, is Senior Data Scientist at the Institute of Accountable Care. She has over 20 years of experience conducting complex data analysis and modeling of healthcare cost, quality and outcomes in various health care delivery settings. Sanjukta is responsible for a wide range of claims data analysis and statistical modeling using the 100% Medicare claims data files accessed through the CMS Virtual Data Research Center. Prior to joining IAC Sanjukta was a Data Scientist at Atrius Health, an 800-physician multispecialty group practice and Next Generation ACO in Eastern Massachusetts. She was analytic lead on risk adjustment methodologies, built predictive models for population health management and operations to improve quality of care and reduce medical expense, evaluated effectiveness of various disease management programs and operational initiatives, provided data-driven, actionable insights to support long-term strategic goals. Before Atrius Health, she held multiple Lead/Senior Analyst positions at Brigham & Womenís Hospital, Boston Childrenís Hospital and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Sanjukta received her MPH from Boston University, MS and BS in Economics from University of Calcutta, India.

Jennifer Perloff is the Director of Research at the Institute for Accountable Care and a Senior Scientist at Brandeis University with over 15 years of evaluation and health services research experience. In addition to supporting ACO analytics for NAACOS, Dr. Perloff is developing a number of new research projects focused on the policy and implementation of population health models including beneficiary attribution, nurse practitioner/ACO staffing and low value care. She has done a larger amount of work in the area of bundled/episode payments, including the design of analytic reports for health systems participating in CMMIís bundled payment for care improvement (BPCI) demonstration. Dr. Perloff was also on the team that built the Episode Grouper for Medicare (EGM), a comprehensive system with over 800 chronic, acute and treatment episodes designed specifically to assess resource use. She is currently adapting this tool for use with military health data. In addition to bundled/episode payment work, Dr. Perloff has developed a methodology for assessing the value of Medicare Advantage plans, drawing on the principals of hospital value-based payment. In the area of primary care, she has done extensive research on the cost and quality of nurse practitioner lead primary care. Dr. Perloff currently sites on the National Quality Forumís Scientific Methods Panel and the Heller School Information Security Committee.

Andrew Perlman, MPH, is Senior Analyst and SAS programmer with expertise in analyzing large healthcare datasets. Andrew occupies one of the Instituteís seats on the CMS Virtual Research Data Center where he works on a 100% sample of Medicare claims data. His recent work includes modeling ACO attribution, calculating physician group level QP scores for determining MACRA Advanced APM bonuses and benchmarking ACO performance on a wide range of measures. Prior to joining the Institute, he spent nine years as a Manager and Lead Data Analyst at Telligen overseeing analytics for the National Coordinating Center for the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program. In this role, he developed a broad knowledge of Medicare data, with in-depth experience in Part A and B Medicare claims and Medicare enrollment data. Andrew has worked closely with CMS and other clients to devise measurement strategies and output to best meet program needs. His work has been particularly focused on physician quality improvement, diabetes management, and care transitions. Andrew received his BS in biology from Trinity Western University and his MPH, with an emphasis in epidemiology, from the Colorado School of Public Health.

Eileen Salinsky, MBA, Senior Consultant, is senior consultant to the Institute for Accountable care with over 25 years of experience in health policy, population health, peer to peer learning, evaluation, and program management. Ms. Salinsky devotes a significant proportion of her time serving as Program Advisor at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), where she is responsible for issues related to population health and public policy programs. Prior to joining GIH and launching her independent consulting practice, Ms. Salinsky served as Principal Research Associate at the National Health Policy Forum, where she led the forumís work on public health and safety net activities. She was also the Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and previously served as Vice President at The Lewin Group. Ms. Salinsky holds a bachelorís degree in microbiology from Cornell University and a master of business administration degree in health administration from Temple University.

Sam Sobul Sam Sobul, MPA, is a policy analyst with the Institute for Accountable Care where he is responsible for data analysis, survey development and policy research. Before joining the Institute, he earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in statistics from The Ohio State University. While there, he interned with The Center for Community Solutions, a think tank focused on healthcare issues. Mr. Sobul has also worked for the healthcare software company Epic and Public Finance Resources, a business that assists local governments with financial forecasts. He graduated Phi Betta Kappa from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and history.

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.

Leslie Ziarko Valera, Program Coordinator
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