Governor’s Task Force on Primary Care

About:

On August 5, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam announced the creation of a task force on primary care in partnership with the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey.

The Governor’s Task Force on Primary Care comes as primary care physicians report that the COVID pandemic has caused financial stress and layoffs in their practices. 

 The Governor’s Task Force on Primary Care aims to: 

  • Build a stakeholder coalition to direct primary care support and advance the use of data/communication systems for action;
  • Define payment models to better support primary care and support practice viability through systems that allow for predictability in financial support;
  • Describe the infrastructure needed to support primary care;
  • Identify markers of high value care in the COVID and post COVID era to function as quality metrics; and 
  • Promote innovations in telehealth, population health management, and outreach to adapt to the changing COVID environment. 

Definition of success:

  • Clinicians and payers establish a better relationship in order to partner in seeking better health and lower costs for Virginians
  • Primary care services are accessible, integrated, equitable, convenient, and affordable for patients in all Virginia communities
  • Virginia promotes a positive primary care practice experience for clinicians, leading to retention and growth in the number of primary care providers
  • The viability of primary care practices is safeguarded, primary care payment is predictable and tied to meaningful performance measurement in order to advance better health care value, and primary care is less susceptible to changes in the economy
  • Positive primary care innovations, such as telehealth, adopted during the pandemic are maintained and advanced where needed

Task Force Members

Jill Age | EVP Towne Insurance, Past President Virginia Association of Health Underwriters, Tidewater

Delegate Lashrecse Aird | Democrat, 63rd District, Chesterfield/Petersburg

Danny Avula, MD, MPH | Director, Richmond & Henrico Health Depts., VDH

Kevin Barger | Director Network Management, Anthem

Chris Barker | Director, Value-Based Care Contract Performance Management, Patient First

Samuel Bartle, MD, FAAP, FACEP | Emergency Medicine Pediatrics, VCU Health

Andrew Bazemore, MD | SVP Research and Policy, the American Board of Family Medicine and Co-Director, Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care

Eric Beyer | President, Privia Medical Group, Mid-Atlantic

Julie Bilodeau, MBA | CEO, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry

John Brady, MD | TPMG, Newport News, Immediate Past Chair – American Board of Family Medicine

Laura Brooks, MD | F. Read Hopkins Pediatric Associates

Michael Bucci | Market President, Aetna, Maryland, DC, and Virginia

HHR Secretary Daniel Carey, MD, Commonwealth of Virginia

Colette Chichester | VP, CareFirst, DC, and Past President, Virginia Association of Health Plans

Sandy Chung, MD, Co-Chair | Fairfax Pediatrics Associates, Immediate Past President- AAP, Virginia Chapter

Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, MD | Republican, District 12; OBGYN

Rebecca S. Etz, PhD | Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Co-Director of the Larry A. Green Center

Gerard Filicko, MHA, CMPE | Executive Director, Virginia Care Partners

Charles Frazier, MD | Senior Vice President and CMIIO, Riverside Health System

Vaishali Geib, MD | Mid-Atlantic Market Medical Executive, Cigna

Wina Giddens | Director, Benefits & HRIS, Port of Virginia

HoChong Gilles, NP | McGuire Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Immediate Past-Pres Va Council of NPs

Neeta Goel, MD | CMO, Ambulatory Services, Inova Health System

Vanessa Walker Harris, MD | Deputy Secretary Health and Human Resources

Bryan Haynes | CEO, Southwest Virginia Community Health System

Stuart Henochowicz, MD, MBA, FACP | Internal Medicine and Allergy Associates; Governor ACP, Virginia Chapter

Joe Hilbert | Deputy Commissioner, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, VDH

Cornel Hubbard, JD, CCEP | VP and General Manager, Magellan of Virginia

Gary Johnston | Director, Health Benefits Services, DHRM

Anthony Keck | EVP for System Innovation & Chief Population Health Officer, Ballad Health

Alex Krist, MD, MPH | Family Physician & Primary Care Researcher, VCU, Inova; Immediate Past Chair, USPSTF

Russell Libby, MD | President, Virginia Pediatric Group

Jesus Lizarzaburu, MD | Legislative Chair, Virginia Academy of Family Physicians

Thomas Lundquist, MD | SVP and CMO, Optima

Daniel McCarter, MD | National Director of Primary Care Advancement, ChenMed

Moss Mendelson, MD | Medical Director, Sentara ACO, Information Technology Medical Director, Sentara Healthcare

Mitchell Miller, MD |, Owner Coastal Family Practice PC

Ellen Montz, PhD | Chief Deputy and Chief Health Economist, DMAS

Gordon Moore, MD | 3M Health Information Systems, Senior Medical Director, Clinical Strategy and Value-based Care

Holly Mortlock, MSE | Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPH | CMO, UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchanges

Theresa Noe I VP Strategic Innovations and Partnerships, Patient First

Deborah D. Oswalt | Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation

Mike Pasterick | Senior Vice President and Health Solutions Leader, Aon

Kristina Powell, MD | Pediatrician, Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, CHKD

Jennie Reynolds | Plan President, Virginia Medicaid, Anthem Virginia

Beth Rhinehart | President & CEO, Bristol Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Ricketts, Co-Chair | President, Anthem Virginia

Nicole Riley | Virginia State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Richmond

Joydip Roy, MD | Market CMO (D.C. MD, VA, WV), UnitedHealth

Kyle Russell, MSDA | Director of Strategy and Analytics, Virginia Health Information

Christina Stasiuk, DO | Mid-Atlantic Market Medical Executive, Cigna, Mid-Atlantic

Scott Strayer, MD, MPH | Harris-Mayo Chair and Professor, Dept. of  Family Medicine & Population Health, VCU

Melissa Thomason | Patient Advocate

Meredith Touchstone | Director, Benefits, Carmax

Rusty Walker | Director Office of Value Based Purchasing, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

E. Mark Watts, MD | Family Medicine Physician, Carilion

Jeremy Welsh, PA-C, JD, DHSc | Dean  & Chair, School of PA Medicine, University of Lynchburg; Pres. Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants

Mary Lindsay White, MHA | Executive Vice President, VAFP

Lisa Woods | VP Physical and Emotional Wellbeing, Walmart