Panel: Providers, Payers and Policy Makers Digitizing Population Health Management

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Dr. Noam Kirson
Moderator, Vice President at Analysis Group

Dr. Kirson is an applied microeconomist who specializes in health economics, antitrust, and the application of econometrics and advanced statistical methods. He has considerable experience both in complex litigation matters and in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR). His litigation case work has included evaluation of antitrust matters in the health care, technology, and credit card sectors; assessment of alleged improper marketing practices in the pharmaceutical industry; and a variety of commercial litigation and damages projects. In the HEOR space, Dr. Kirson has managed numerous health outcomes projects, including cost-of-illness studies, comparative effectiveness research, cost-effectiveness evaluations, and development of advanced modeling tools. His work has spanned a variety of disease and treatment areas, including Alzheimer's disease, prescription opioid abuse, schizophrenia, neuropathic pain, pulmonary hypertension, and autoimmune diseases, and has resulted in multiple conference presentations and publications. His work has been published in Alzheimer's & Dementia, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Health Affairs, as well as various pharmacoeconomic journals.

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Dr. Bill Kassler
Deputy Chief Health Officer & Lead Population Health Officer at IBM Watson Health

Dr. Kassler has spent the last 26 years working at the intersection of clinical care and population health as a practicing primary care internist, health services researcher and health policy expert.  Dr Kassler currently works at IBM Watson Health as Deputy Chief Health Officer and Lead Health Officer for Population Health.  He served as Chief Medical Office for the New England Region of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), working in the CMS Innovation Center on value-based purchasing initiatives to improve population health.   Prior to that  he served as State Health Officer for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, with leadership and administrative responsibilities in public health and Medicaid. 

Dr Kassler started his career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an EIS officer, later serving as a medical epidemiologist, Branch Chief for Health Services Research and Evaluation, and as Senior Advisor for health policy in the CDC/Washington Office.   He received his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, an MS in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, an MPH from Berkeley.  Bill completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brown, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco.      

Dr Kassler has been recognized with numerous awards from the United States Public Health Service, including the Surgeon General’s Meritorious Service Award.  He is recipient of the 2003 NH March of Dimes Physician Leadership Award, and the Bi-State Primary Care Association President’s Award.   Dr Kassler is a practicing internist at a Federally Qualified Health Center, and past president of the New Hampshire Medical Society. 

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Dr. Holly Oh
Chief Medical Officer at Dimock Community Health Center

Dr. Holly Oh is currently the Chief Medical Officer and a Pediatrician at The Dimock Center, Roxbury, MA. Since 2000, she has been caring for families at the Dimock Center, a community health center serving Boston’s inner city neighborhoods.  Inspired by the dignity and the resilience of her patients and their families, she is committed to improving operational systems and community resource integration in health care to provide patients—particularly those in resource-challenged settings-- with an excellent care experience. She was a George W. Merck Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and spent an immersion year in 2011 at IHI learning about organizational leadership, change management and the tools for quality improvement.  Since returning to Dimock in 2012, Dr. Oh is focused on building the organization’s capacity for improvement as well as continued integration of medical, behavioral health and community resources for families and communities. 

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Caitlin Reiche
Director Performance Management at  athenahealth

Caitlin is an experienced healthcare professional approaching five years at athenahealth. Currently, she leads her team to drive performance of athena’s Network Services, including Population Health Management, Mobile Care Coordination, and Patient Engagement services. Her team is responsible for improving performance by (1) optimizing use of the existing product through expanding best practices of high performers across the client base and (2) developing new services to complement product capabilities and managing these new service lines. Prior to this, she held roles in Enterprise Business Strategy, Corporate Strategy, and Product Strategy at athenahealth. Caitlin holds a MS, Health Policy and Management from Harvard University School of Public Health.

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Dr. Thomas C. Hawkins
Senior Medical Director, Population Health and Analytics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Dr. Hawkins is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Senior Medical Director for Population Health and Analytics. He leads the BCBSMA Consumer Health Team, responsible for market-facing clinical strategies collaborating with our Wellness Team, and development of population health aspects of BCBSMA’s Health Informatics for Accounts, providing employers with integrated financial, utilization, and clinical data, and data-driven suggestions for health management and prevention interventions. As a board certified Internist, Dr. Hawkins practiced primary care for 11 years in Peabody, and is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School in Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology, with a masters in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Hawkins is the BCBSMA medical lead for race/ethnicity disparities analytics and interventions, and has developed diabetes avoidance population modeling based on the DPP trials. He is also a member of the Mattapan Community Health Center board of directors.

Dr. Hawkins primary experience is in helping employers understand and act on comparative cost and quality data, and understanding their perspective – including 6 years as the New England Federal Reserve Bank’s Medical Director. At Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for 20 years, Dr. Hawkins was the Director, eHealth Strategy and Associate Medical Director for Employer Health Programs. He is a past member of the National Blue Health Intelligence Board of Managers and InteliMedix Corp.Board of Directors.