Executive Committee Members
Richard J. Gilfillan, MD
President & CEO
Task Force Chair
Richard J. “Rick” Gilfillan, M.D., is President and CEO of Trinity Health, the $15.8 billion Catholic health system that serves communities in 21 states with 88 hospitals, 126 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide more than 2.5 million visits annually.
Dr. Gilfillan has been a leader in U.S. health care for more than 25 years, building successful organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. As the first director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), he launched the Center in 2010 and worked quickly with payers and providers to develop innovative models for improving patient care and reducing costs.
Gilfillan began his career as a family medicine physician and later became a medical director and a chief medical officer. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David Lansky, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Pacific Business Group on Health
Task Force Vice Chair
David Lansky, PhD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) and directs its efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high quality health care. Since 2008, Lansky has led the coalition of 50 large employers and health care purchasers representing over three million Californians, including CalPERS, Wells Fargo, Intel, Safeway, Walmart, Boeing, and the University of California. PBGH also collaborates with diverse stakeholders on national health care policy issues through the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance.
A nationally-recognized expert in accountability, quality measurement and health IT, Lansky has served as a board member or advisor to numerous health care programs. He is now the purchaser representative on the federal HIT Policy Committee, and chairs its Strategy and Innovation Workgroup. He also serves on the Congressional Budget Office Health Advisors Panel and the Board of the Alliance for Health Reform.
He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed papers on outcomes research and quality measurement and holds a PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
President & CEO
OSF Healthcare System
Interim Task Force Secretary/Treasurer
Kevin Schoeplein is chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare System, an integrated health care system delivering compassionate care to more than 3.1 million people in Illinois and Michigan
In the process of being a leader of change, Kevin became a founding member of the national, industry consortium named Health Care Transformation Task Force in June 2014. In 2014, he also accepted a three-year term on the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) board of trustees and in January 2015 was named a member of the IHA Executive Committee, currently serving on both.
Kevin began his career with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis as an assistant administrator at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in 1978 until 1983 when he was appointed administrator/CEO at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He returned to Peoria in 1988 to serve as the president of OSF Saint Francis, Inc. which entailed the incorporation and development of all their business lines and strategic intent, plus the formation and development of OSF Medical Group. Before being named OSF Healthcare System CEO, Kevin was the executive vice president for OSF Healthcare System.
Kevin earned his B.S.B.A. degree from St. Louis University and two masters' degrees from Xavier University in Cincinnati -- an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and a Master of Healthcare Administration.
Timothy G. Ferris, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President for Population Health
Mass General Hospital and Partners HealthCare
Trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Ferris is a practicing primary care physician and Senior Vice President for Population Health at Mass General Hospital and Partners HealthCare in Boston. He is also an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and holds degrees from Middlebury College, Oxford University, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Former positions include Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Mass General and Medical Director of Mass General Physicians Organization. He was the principal investigator for a 6 year Medicare demonstration project involving an alternative payment method which showed both reduced costs and reduced mortality among high risk Medicare beneficiaries.
He now leads the Partners Healthcare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and is responsible for design and implementation of system-wide care delivery changes that will improve patient health, improve patient experience of healthcare, and reduce the healthcare cost burden. He has implemented multiple physician and organization wide performance incentive systems.
Dr. Ferris has over 90 publications in the areas of healthcare quality measurement, risk adjustment, population management, and information technology.
National Partnership for Women & Families
For more than three decades, Debra Ness has been a strong, unwavering advocate for fairness and social justice. She has an extensive background in health and public policy, and possesses a deep and unique understanding of the issues that face women and families at home, in the workplace, and in the health care arena. Before assuming her current role as president, Ness served as executive vice president of the National Partnership for 13 years. She has strengthened the organization’s standing as one of the country’s most powerful and effective advocates for women and families.
Ms. Ness leads the Campaign for Better Care — an initiative that is working to ensure that health care reform is implemented in ways that improve health care for the oldest, sickest and most vulnerable patients.
She graduated summa cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and sociology. After completing graduate work in social welfare and public health policy, she received her Masters of Science from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Ms. Ness lives in Rockville, Maryland.
Dana Gelb Safran, Sc.D.
Chief Performance Measurement & Improvement Officer and
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Analytics
Performance Measurement & Improvement
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)
Dana Gelb Safran is Chief Performance Measurement and Improvement Officer and Senior Vice President, Enterprise Analytics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). In this role, she leads the company’s initiatives to measure and improve healthcare quality, safety and outcomes. Dr. Safran was among the lead developers of the BCBSMA Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), a provider contract model launched in 2009 with the twin goals of improving quality and outcomes while significantly slowing spending growth.
Dr. Safran also retains an active academic practice, as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles.
She is widely recognized as having contributed to the empirical basis for our nation’s push toward a more patient-centered health care system – and for developing measures of patient care experiences that are now used nationwide, accepted as a national standard for this area of measurement, and used by the Medical Boards as part of their recertification process for physicians.
Dr. Safran earned her Master and Doctor of Science degrees in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health.
H. Scott Sarran, MD, MM
Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Government Programs & Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)
H. Scott Sarran, MD., joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois in 2008 is Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Government Programs, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). A seasoned physician executive, he is responsible for network strategy and oversight (including ACOs), medical management and quality for HCSC's government programs in all five (IL, TX, NM, OK, MT) states.
Before starting work at BCBSIL, Sarran served as Chief Medical Officer for Fidelis SeniorCare. At Fidelis SeniorCare, he was responsible for the development and implementation of all medical management and pharmacy functions, including utilization, quality, and case & disease control. He was also responsible for recognizing and implementing the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) reporting.
Due to his extensive knowledge and background in medical and physician management, Sarran fully understands the necessity of network and medical strategy, as well as the quality guidance and support that is needed for government programs regarding healthcare.
Sarran received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, his medical doctorate from Northwestern University Medical School and his master's degree in Management from Evanston's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. His family practice residency was completed at Lutheran General Hospital, where he served as chief resident from 1981-1982. Additionally, he has held numerous academic appointments and is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice.
Fran S. Soistman
Executive Vice President
Fran S. Soistman is Executive Vice President of Aetna and President of the Government Services segment. He is responsible for driving growth in the company’s Medicare, Medicaid and Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. In addition, he is responsible for growing Aetna’s presence within the Accountable Care Act expansion through Individual and Public Exchanges. These combined businesses account for approximately $29.0 billion in revenue, nearly 48% of Aetna’s total revenue.
Mr. Soistman has more than 30 years of experience in health insurance and managed care. Prior to joining Aetna, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Jessamine Healthcare, a firm focused on strategic investment opportunities in the health care industry. Before his tenure at Jessamine, Mr. Soistman held several senior leadership positions at Coventry Health Care, including Executive Vice President for the Individual Consumer and Government Business Division. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s individual Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicaid and commercial individual products, which served more than 2.5 million members across the United States.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Towson University and is a graduate of The Stanford University Executive Program.
Task Force Staff
Health Care Transformation Task Force
Jeff Micklos is the Executive Director of the Health Care Transformation Task Force. An attorney by training, Jeff is the former Executive Vice President, Management, Compliance, & General Counsel of the Federation of American Hospitals, a national trade association representing investor-owned hospitals, and a former Partner in the Health Law Department of the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Micklos began his career as a litigator and regulatory counsel for the Health Care Financing Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and also served in the Office of General Counsel of the Social Security Administration.
Mr. Micklos is a graduate of the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, and received a Bachelor Arts Degree from Villanova University. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Monica, and their four children.
Director of Payment Reform Models
Health Care Transformation Task Force
Clare Wrobel is the Director of Payment Reform Models for the Health Care Transformation Task Force. Prior to joining the Task Force, Clare was the Director of Population Health Solutions at Myers and Stauffer LC. In this position, she assisted clients in the implementation of alternative payment models
and interpretation of federal policies such as MACRA, state innovation waivers, and Medicaid health IT funding to support health care transformation. She previously held various positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and most recently with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation where she led the State Innovation Models Initiative.
Clare has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan, and currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health.
Director of Transformation Facilitation & Support
Health Care Transformation Task Force
Caitlin Sweany is the Director of Transformation Facilitation & Support for the Health Care Transformation Task Force. Prior to joining the Task Force, Caitlin was a director of transformation at Evolent Health. Throughout her time with Evolent, she worked with health system/IPA clients to conduct population health assessments, design value-based care operational plans, and develop strategic market recommendations.
She previously worked as a senior manager of the Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and held positions at the New York State Attorney General’s office and the office of State Senator Joe Vitale.
Caitlin holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Haverford College and a master’s degree of Public Health, Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.
Task Force Senior Advisor
Chief Risk Management Officer, Leavitt Partners
Accountable Care and Bundled Payment Work Group Staff
Senior Analyst, Leavitt Partners
High Cost Patient Work Group Staff
Senior Associate, Leavitt Partners
Executive Assistant, Leavitt Partners
Consumer Priorities Advisory Group Staff
CEO, GroupPlus LLC
Counsel to the Task Force
Foley & Lardner LLP
Senior Vice President, Qorvis MSLGROUP
Account Supervisor, Qorvis MSLGROUP
Assistant Account Executive, Qorvis MSLGROUP