At this in-person grantee event, the Connected Communities team will share program information, best practices, and updates on other MeHI initiatives. The Forum will include panel discussions on workflow implementation and outcome measures, an overview of the MassHealth ACO and Community Partners Programs, as well as offer the opportunity for questions and networking with other grant participants. This Forum is intended for, and will be most valuable for, the organizations participating in the Connected Communities Implementation Grant. We will be adding event details as we get closer to the Forum, so please check in again soon for updates.
9:00-9:30am: Registration and Breakfast
9:30-9:45am: Welcoming Remarks, Introductions and Overview of MeHI’s Digital Health Initiative (Laurance Stuntz, Director of MeHI)
9:45-10:45am: Overview of MassHealth ACOs and Community Partners (Stephanie Costa: Director of Community Partners Implementation; Clara Filice: Associate Medical Director for Payment and Care Delivery Innovation; Aliza Stein Norcross: Policy Analyst; Hallie Tosher: Policy Analyst, all from MassHealth/EOHHS)
10:45-11:00am: Engaging Community Collaborators (Samantha Halloran: Compliance Manager and HIPAA Privacy & Security Officer; Allyson Pinkhover: Connected Communities Project Manager, both from Brockton Neighborhood Health Center)
11:15am-12:15pm: Connected Communities Workflow Best Practices Panel and Q&A
12:15-1:00pm: Lunch and Networking
1:00-1:45pm: MeHI’s 2016 Learning Collaborative: Overview and Work Products, and Q&A - Patient Consent Toolkit (Lis Renczkowski: Content Specialist, MeHI)
1:45-2:30pm: MeHI’s 2017 Learning Collaborative: Overview of Use Cases and Final Work Products (Keely Benson: Connected Communities Program Manager and eHealth Community Manager - Northeast, MeHI)
- Use Case 1: Hospital Inpatient to SNF/Home Care
- Use Case 2: Hospital Emergency Department to Community Health Center
2:30-2:45pm: Closing Remarks
Laurance Stuntz is the Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, or MeHI. He is an experienced and passionate leader working to help Massachusetts leverage digital health innovation for better economic and care delivery outcomes.
Andrea Callanan is an eHealth Community Manager supporting the Connected Communities program with a focus on Western and Central Massachusetts communities.
Andrea brings over 20 years of combined experience in healthcare, finance and nonprofit management, including deep understanding and knowledge of both community engagement and project management.
She holds an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and lives in Western MA.
Keely Benson is the Connected Communities Program Manager and an eHealth Community Manager for MeHI, covering the East Merrimack, Metro Boston, North Shore, Newburyport, and West Merrimack communities.
Keely has over fifteen years of experience in the healthcare field working in a variety of areas, including health information technology, public health, and Medicare services. While at MeHI, Keely has focused on developing healthcare partnerships, supporting efforts of the Mass HIway and operationalizing MDPHnet (the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Network).
Stephanie Briody is an eHealth Community Manager for the Southeast Region. Her focus is on Cape Cod and Islands, among other Southeast communities.
Stephanie has 20+ years of experience in the medical/legal field, representing hospitals, physicians, nurses and patients. Her most recent work has been with the elder and disability populations for whom she is often called upon to create patient centered care plans.
Jenni works as a manager at ECG Management Consultant’s national Healthcare IT practice. With 11 years of experience in the healthcare industry, she helps clients address strategic, operational, technical, and vendor relationship issues associated with the implementation, integration, and optimization of technology. Her expertise includes EHR and clinical quality incentive programs, ambulatory operations, patient engagement, and population health management.
Stephanie Costa, MPH is the Director of Community Partner Implementation for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). In this role, Ms. Costa is responsible for defining the operating model for the business functions for both the Behavioral Health (BH) and Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Community Partner Programs. Prior to joining MassHealth, Ms. Costa spent the previous 10 years working within community behavioral health and integrated care programs in RI. Most recently Ms.
Clara Filice, MD, MPH, MHS, is an Associate Medical Director for Payment and Care Delivery Innovation at MassHealth and Commonwealth Medicine. She earned her MD and MPH degrees at Northwestern followed by pediatric residency training at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s Hospital) in Chicago. She was then a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the Yale School of Medicine where she completed a Master of Health Science degree focused on health services research. Subsequently she was a federal Environmental Health and Food Policy Fellow at the American Academy
Dr. Garber is a practicing Internist, board-certified Clinical Informaticist, and Medical Director for Informatics at Reliant Medical Group, a 525-provider multispecialty group practice.
Samantha Halloran is Brockton Neighborhood Health Center’s Compliance Manager and HIPAA Privacy & Security Officer. She oversees regulatory requirements related to privacy protections, authorization and consent, and disclosure of information standards. Having joined BNHC in 2016, Sam brings over 14 years of administrative experience leading grant management and regulatory compliance for several healthcare organizations, private foundations, and state-based collaboratives.
Olivia Japlon is currently the eHealth Programs Associate at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute, and is responsible for supporting the Connected Communities Program. Prior to joining MeHI in September 2014, Olivia worked as a paralegal at Rose, Chinitz and Rose, a small litigation firm in Boston. In addition to her experience in the legal industry, Olivia interned at the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and in the Compliance Department at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary throughout her senior year of college.
Rik is the eHealth Services Director, and responsible for managing MeHI’s eHealth Services with the goal to facilitate the adoption and effective use of Health IT across MA. This includes leading the operations, technical assistance, education and outreach for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Before joining MeHI, Rik worked in the analytical instrumentation industry, where he has managed a variety of departments ranging from Marketing, R&D, IT, Operations, to Finance and Accounting. His favorite activities are marketing, process improvement, systems development, and coaching.
Joe is Technical Project Manager at MeHI responsible for interoperability and integration projects designed to enhance the exchange of patient information by linking healthcare providers across the state using the state’s health information exchange, the Mass HIway. Prior to joining MeHI, Joe worked in private industry for over 30 years, all in the health IT field. Joe lives with his wife, Robin, in Framingham, MA.
If tech folks are red people and clinical folks are blue people, David LaPlatney is a purple person. David has the ability to blend these two disciplines seamlessly to get the greatest outcomes.
Aliza is a Policy Analyst with MassHealth, where she works on eight DSRIP-funded statewide investments intended to strengthen the infrastructure and workforce capacity to support Massachusetts’ Accountable Care Organizations and Community Partners. Prior to joining MassHealth, she spent four years working on a payment and delivery system transformation project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve the quality and lower the cost of care in 16 communities across the country.
Jennifer Pelletier is the administrator at Country Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Newburyport, MA. She has served as the administrator of Country Center for the past three years. Country Center celebrated their first deficiency free survey in many years, September of 2017.
Allyson Pinkhover is a public health professional with experience in substance misuse/abuse research, quality improvement, and community pharmacy. Her interests include implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practices in community settings, as well as quality and access to care, especially for substance use disorder prevention, harm reduction, and treatment services. Allyson currently serves as Project Manager for the MeHI Connected Communities Implementation Grant Project at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.
As Content Specialist, Lis maintains subject matter expertise in a number of Health IT programs and initiatives. Lis is responsible for developing educational content, planning and delivering webinars, and coordinating events for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Lis also works closely with MeHI’s Connected Communities team, helping coordinate Learning Collaborative workshops that develop innovative Health IT tools and resources. She holds an MS degree in Counselor Education, and prior to joining MeHI, worked as an Aftercare Coordinator at the New England Organ Bank.
Stacey Smith is a Patient Care Coordinator for Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice. Stacey has spent her entire career in healthcare. Stacey previously worked in public relations managing communication for CVS/pharmacy before going on to work at Anna Jaques Hospital. Stacey has been with Great Lakes Caring since 2013. In her current role, Stacey manages the relationships with physicians, hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities regarding the regulations of the home health industry and Great Lakes Caring. Mrs. Smith is a graduate of Emerson College.
Hallie Tosher is a policy analyst at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, MassHealth. She is responsible for helping to implement a portfolio of eight Statewide Investments as part of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. She recently received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she focused on domestic health policy and served as a Research Assistant with Harvard’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.