Governor’s Task Force on Primary Care


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

  • Sandy Chung, MD, MSHA, Co-Chair | Fairfax Pediatrics Associates; Immediate Past President- AAP, Virginia Chapter, Fairfax
  • Jeff Ricketts, Co-Chair | President, Anthem Virginia, Richmond
  • Jill Age | EVP Towne Insurance, a subsidiary of Towne Bank, also Past President Virginia Association of Health Underwriters, Tidewater
  • Delegate Lashrecse Aird | Democrat, 63rd District, Chesterfield/Petersburg
  • Julie Bilodeau, MBA | CEO, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, Richmond
  • John Brady, MD | TPMG, Newport News, Chair – American Board of Family Medicine
  • Michael Bucci | Market President, Aetna, Maryland, DC, and Virginia
  • Secretary Daniel Carey, MD | Health and Human Resources Secretary, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond
  • Michael Cassidy, MPP | President and CEO, Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, Richmond 
  • Colette Chichester | VP, CareFirst, DC, and President, Virginia Association of Health Plans
  • Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, MD | Republican, District 12; OBGYN, Henrico
  • Emily Elliott | Director, Virginia Department of Human Resource Management, Richmond
  • Wina Giddens | Director, Benefits & HRIS, Port of Virginia, Tidewater
  • HoChong Gilles, NP | McGuire Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Chesterfield, Immediate Past-President, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners
  • Neeta Goel, MD | Chief Medical Officer, Ambulatory Services, Inova Health System, Fairfax
  • Jill A. Hanken, Esq. | Director of the Center for Healthy Communities and ENROLLVirginia!; Virginia Poverty Law Center, Richmond
  • Bryan Haynes | CEO, Southwest Virginia Community Health System, Saltville
  • Stuart Henochowicz, MD, MBA, FACP | Internal Medicine and Allergy Associates; Governor-Elect ACP, Virginia Chapter, Burke
  • Cornel Hubbard, JD, CCEP | VP and General Manager, Magellan of Virginia, Richmond
  • Anthony Keck | EVP for System Innovation and Chief Population Health Officer, Ballad and VCHI Chair, Bristol
  • Jesus Lizarzaburu, MD | Legislative Chair, Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, Yorktown
  • Thomas Lundquist, MD | SVP and CMO, Optima, Tidewater
  • Ellen Montz, PhD | Chief Deputy and Chief Health Economist, DMAS
  • Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPH | Senior Medical Director, Community and State, UnitedHealthcare, Richmond
  • Deborah D. Oswalt | Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation, Richmond
  • Nicole Riley | Virginia State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Richmond
  • Christina Stasiuk, DO | Mid-Atlantic Market Medical Executive, Cigna, Philadelphia
  • Meredith Touchstone | Director, Benefits, Carmax, Richmond
  • Cameron Webb, MD, JD | Internal Medicine, Director of Health Policy and Equity, University of Virginia; Democratic Nominee for US Congress 5th District
  • Jeremy Welsh, PA-C, JD, DHSc | Dean and Chair, School of PA Medicine, University of Lynchburg; President Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Lisa Woods | Senior Director, Strategy and Design, US Benefits, Walmart, Arkansas