Carol Raphael, Chair – Manatt Health Solutions
Carol Raphael is a Senior Advisor at Manatt Health Solutions. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest nonprofit home health agency in the United States from 1989 to 2011. Ms. Raphael expanded the organization’s services and launched health plans and innovative models of care for complex populations with chronic illness and functional impairments. She was Board Chair of AARP, which serves 38 million members until June 2016 when her six year term concluded. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms.Raphael held executive positions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and in New York City government. She served on a number of commissions including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Federal Bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care, the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team, the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council and several Institute of Medicine Committees.and was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.
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Sharon Alexander – AmeriHealth Caritas
Sharon Alexander is currently President of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Solutions for AmeriHealth Caritas where she develops and optimizes programs, policies and best practices to better support individuals with complex LTSS needs. She previously managed AmeriHealth Caritas’ Medicare dual eligible special needs plans (D-SNP) and Medicare/Medicaid integration products (MMP), as part of the CMS Financial Alignment Demonstration initiative; and she launched a full array of Medicare Advantage products for Universal American Corporation.
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Michelle Bentzien-Purrington – Molina Healthcare
Michelle Bentzien-Purrington is the Senior Vice President of Managed Long-Term Services and Supports and Social Determinants of Health Innovation Center for Molina Healthcare, Inc. She is responsible for strategic oversight and operational implementation of person-centered programs for special needs populations. Ms. Purrington has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare strategy and operations, 14 of which have been dedicated to holistic programs that support independent living and individual preferences.
An expert in public policy and health systems practice related to adults with complex needs and other vulnerable populations, Bruce Allen Chernof, MD, FACP, has three decades of experience as a healthcare executive, educator, and physician.
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Under his leadership, The SCAN Foundation also played a pivotal role in the creation of new community-based benefits in the Medicare program, and in California, led the movement that created the state’s first Master Plan for Aging.
Prior to leading The SCAN Foundation, Dr. Chernof served as director and chief medical officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services; he also served as the department’s senior medical director for clinical affairs and affiliations.
Camille Infussi Dobson – ADvancing States
Camille Dobson is the Deputy Executive Director at ADvancing States (formerly NASUAD). In that role, she provides executive leadership and policy guidance to state aging and disabilities agencies, focused on managed long-term services and supports and quality measurement. She provides intensive technical assistance to states seeking to implement or improve their MLTSS programs on topics as diverse as stakeholder engagement, care management, MCO oversight mechanisms and quality measurement. She has served as an advisor to NCQA regarding LTSS accreditation standards as well as person-driven outcomes. She also represented the states on two different NQF committees working on HCBS quality measurement.
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Prior to joining ADvancing States, she worked for 10 years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, focusing on Medicaid policy and operations. Her responsibilities at CMS included negotiating and monitoring section 1115 Medicaid demonstrations; managing a team of analysts who reviewed and recommended approval of managed care waivers and State plan amendments, and most significantly, serving as Senior Policy Advisor for Medicaid managed care. In that role, she served as the agency’s policy expert on Medicaid managed care delivery system issues and directed the agency’s regulatory and technical assistance efforts regarding managed care. She was the lead author of CMS’ 2013 guidance to States laying out key elements for MLTSS programs, which has since been translated into the new Medicaid managed care rule.
Before joining CMS in 2005, she spent twelve years working in Medicaid operations, policy and compliance with two Maryland-based Medicaid MCOs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from George Washington University.
Wendy Fox-Grage, MS, MPA – National Academy for State Health Policy
Wendy Fox-Grage is a project director at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where she works with states on long-term services and supports, family caregiving, and palliative care. Prior to joining NASHP, she provided policy research, analysis, and guidance for the AARP Public Policy Institute from 2004 to 2019. Her areas of focus are state long-term services and supports reforms, Medicaid-managed long-term services and supports, and home- and community-based services. Previously, Wendy worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures for nearly 10 years, where she advised state legislators and legislative staff on issues related to long-term services and supports.
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Michael Monson – Altarum
Michael Monson was appointed President and CEO by the Altarum Board of Trustees in spring of 2021. He is leading the next stage of Altarum’s growth expanding the scale and impact of its solutions to advance health equity; public health technology; and Medicaid, Medicare, and Exchange programs.
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Michael developed Centene’s strategy to address the social determinants of health and led the Centene Center for Health Transformation, a collaboration with academic researchers that improved quality of care across its 12.5 million members in 30 states.
Previously, Michael was the Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of Residential Services at Village Care of New York where he had responsibility for a $60 million P&L as well as multiple corporate functions. Village Care is a New York City based integrated health system with more than $200 million in revenue.
Michael began his career in health care leading strategy and innovation at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a safety net organization that was also the nation’s largest home-based health care company. He also spent six years advising nonprofit organizations as a consultant at McKinsey.
He earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Terrence O’Malley – Partners HealthCare
Dr. O’Malley is an internist/geriatrician who specializes in the care of nursing home patients. He graduated from Amherst College and Cornell University Medical College followed by training in Primary Care Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is on the teaching faculty at MGH and Harvard Medical School, where he provides clinical care and supervises medical students, house staff and fellows in geriatrics.
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He co-chaired the Long Term and Post Acute Care Sub-workgroup within the Standards and Interoperability Framework at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and was one of the Leads of the Longitudinal Coordination of Care Workgroup which are creating a standard national data set for transitions of care to be part of Meaningful Use Stage 3 and the framework for the exchange of a longitudinal care plan. He is a member of the NQF Care Coordination Measures Steering Committee. He is currently the Community Lead on the eLTSS project to develop a shared care plan among community based service provider. He has published numerous articles on transitions of care and quality measurement, and lectures frequently on these topics at the local, regional, and national levels.
Katie Smith Sloan – LeadingAge
Katie Smith Sloan is president and CEO of LeadingAge, formerly the Association of American Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Sloan also serves as the executive director of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), a global network of ageing services organizations committed to quality of life for people as they age.
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Sloan has a strong commitment to the consumer movement, and serves as secretary-treasurer of the Consumer Federation of America and a member of the Board of the Center for the Study of Services/Consumer Checkbook. She also serves on the Board of Directors of HelpAge USA and ValueFirst, a group purchasing company serving the aging services field. Sloan has a master’s degree from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.
Nora Super – Milken Institute
Nora Super serves as Director of Policy and Programs in the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, whose mission is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging. In this role, she is responsible for managing and creating data-driven research, meaningful policy initiatives and impactful convenings in the United States as well as internationally.
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Nora serves on several advisory boards, including AgingWell Hub Collaborators Board, Centers for Disease Control and Alzheimer’s Association Healthy Brain Initiative Leadership Committee, the National Council on Aging Benefits Access Advisory Committee, the National Institutes of Health National Research Summit on Care, Services and Support Planning Committee, and the YMCA National Community Integrated Health Collaboration.
From 2014-2015, Nora served as the Executive Director of the White House Conference on Aging, where she was responsible for directing a nationwide effort to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. In 2015, she was recognized for her leadership as one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, the premier digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans. She also was the 2015 Honoree by the Medicare Rights Center for Outstanding Service to Medicare Beneficiaries.
From 2012-2015, she served as Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Before joining federal service, Nora Super served as Director, Federal Government Relations, Health and Long-Term Care at AARP. In this role, she was responsible for managing AARP’s government relations activities regarding health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and prescription drugs. Before joining AARP, Nora represented Kaiser Permanente’s eight regional Permanente Medical Groups as the Permanente Federation’s Director of Public Policy and Government Relations.
Nora has more than 20 years of experience working in Washington, DC on a wide range of health and aging policy issues, including health care delivery and payment reform, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, retirement income security, and other federal and state aging programs. She has worked in academia and in the private sector, including the GWU Medical School, the National Health Policy Forum, the Washington Business Group on Health, and the Employee Benefit Research Institute. She has also served in government at both the local and state level, and as congressional staff.
A native of New Orleans, Nora studied political science at Tulane University and completed her masters’ work in public administration, with a concentration in health policy, at George Washington University.
John Tschida – Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
John Tschida, MPP, is the associate executive director of research and policy for the Association of University Center on Disabilities (AUCD). AUCD is a national network of more than 100 university-based interdisciplinary programs advancing policy, research, education, practice, leadership and advocacy to improve the quality of life of children and adults with disabilities in the U.S. and around the world.
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Prior to joining NIDILRR in 2014, he served as director of public policy and innovation at Allina Health in Minnesota, where he developed integrated health delivery systems and financing models for people with disabilities. At the Courage Center, Minnesota’s leading nonprofit provider of rehabilitation services, Mr. Tschida was vice president of public affairs and research. There, he built and directed a policy and research team that focused on defining and achieving better outcomes for complex populations. His team received one of the first Health Care Innovation Awards from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Earlier in his career, Tschida served as a research fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability Research, in Washington, D.C. He was also assistant director of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office.
Mr. Tschida has served on a number of public and private boards designing policy or governance solutions to further the independence of people with disabilities and he has written numerous articles on disability and public policy for national and local publications.
Mr. Tschida, who has lived with a spinal cord injury since 1993, has a master’s degree in public policy and a health services research certificate from Georgetown University, and a bachelor of arts from Macalester College.