Smarter Care Connections

Episode 4: Secretary Daniel Carey, MD, MHCM


In this episode, VCHI’s President & CEO Beth Bortz chats with Secretary Daniel Carey, MD about how the commonwealth is prioritizing the reduction of low-value health services. Secretary Carey is currently a Vice Chair of VCHI’s board and is co-chair of the Smarter Care Virginia Employer Task Force.

Our Guest: Secretary Daniel Carey, MD

Daniel Carey, MD, MHCM, was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Resources by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Carey worked as a cardiologist and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra, where his responsibilities included information technology services, patient quality and safety efforts, performance improvement initiatives, and functions of the medical staff at Centra’s 3 acute care facilities.

Dr. Carey held numerous leadership positions after joining Cardiology Associates of Central Virginia in 1997, which Centra later acquired in 2006. In 1998,, he became Medical Director of the Acute MI Program, and went on to serve as Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Medical Director of the Stroobants Heart Center. Dr. Carey then went on to become the President/Chief Physician Executive of the Centra Medical Group. 

Dr. Carey has special interest in medical leadership, and in addition to his roles at Centra, has also served as President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the Medical Society of Virginia and the MSV Foundation.

In his current role, Dr. Carey is passionate about expanding access to affordable health care for Virginians; improving the Commonwealth’s behavioral health and developmental services programs; and making meaningful progress on issues such as substance use and addiction, women’s health, and children’s issues.

A long-time Virginia resident, Dr. Carey graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical School. He received his Master of Health Care Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He served for 15 year in the U.S. Air Force in both active duty an reserve status, earning the rank of Major. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife Kim, who is a registered nurse. In his spare time, Dr. Carey is a regular at Richmond’s Downtown YMCA.  


Smarter Care Virginia – Employer Task Force

Episode 3: Kelly Rand on Low-Value Care and Health Equity


In this episode, VCHI’s Saraya Perry connects with Kelly Rand, Program Officer at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. Kelly has worked extensively on the Choosing Wisely® campaign and in this episode, she and Saraya chat about the importance of using a health equity lens when addressing low-value care.

Our Guest: Kelly Rand

Kelly Rand is a Program Officer at the ABIM Foundation. In this role, she oversees activities related to a major grant the ABIM Foundation has received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® (RWJF) to fund the expansion of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.

Prior to the ABIM Foundation, Ms. Rand worked at MANNA as its Institutional Giving and Advocacy Manager where she secured and managed its $2.5 million grant portfolio, led its local policy activities and managed its research activities. Prior to MANNA, Ms. Rand was the director for the South Jersey site of the NY/NJ AIDS Education Center (AETC). The AETC works with community clinicians to improve quality of HIV care. In this role, she worked closely with the federal and New Jersey State initiatives on Cross Collaborative Quality Improvement in the Ryan White system. She has also spoken widely and published on cultural competency in heath care, health literacy and health disparities. Other past experience includes program and advocacy work with the American Diabetes Association and writing the national newsletter AIDS/STD News Report.

Ms. Rand received her bachelor’s degree from American University in an interdisciplinary program on Communications, Law, Economics and Government, and her master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania in Medical Anthropology.



ABIM Foundation

Choosing Wisely®

Choosing Wisely® Proposes “Less” and “More” – Reducing Low-Value Care While Increasing Health Equity

Episode 2: Dr. John Mafi and Dr. Howard Beckman


In this episode, Smarter Care Virginia lead evaluator, Dr. John Mafi speaks with SCV faculty member, Dr. Howard Beckman about the best communication strategies to utilize in order to influence clinicians to change their behavior around low-value health services.  

Our Guests:

John N. Mafi, MD, MPH is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he also practices and teaches general medicine and primary care. He also serves as an Affiliated Natural Scientist in Health Policy at RAND Corporation. Dr. Mafi completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and then went on to complete medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He then finished his internal medicine residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2012, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident in 2013-2014. Dr. Mafi completed the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and earned his MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015.

Dr. Mafi’s research focuses on quality and value measurement and how electronic health records can improve the value of care among older adults. He has led several national analyses assessing the epidemiological trends and predictors of harmful or low value care, or patient care that provides no net benefit in specific clinical scenarios. He is currently leading several national studies and working to leverage electronic health records to measure and improve the value of healthcare delivery among older adults.


Howard Beckman, M.D., FACP, FAACH is Director of Strategic Innovation at Common Ground Health where he utilizes his experience in group and organizational facilitation and qualitative research. In this position, his work focuses on two communitywide quality and value collaboratives. One focuses on improving the management of high blood pressure communitywide by integrating best medical practices with community engagement. The second project is the reduction of preventable hospitalizations and ED visits.

Dr. Beckman’s administrative and research interests have led to a national focus on creating and promoting effective partnerships. He served as Clinical Director for the California Quality Collaborative’s Efficiency Collaborative and a consultant to such diverse groups as the American Board of Internal Medicine, AHRQ, the American Medical Association, California Healthcare Foundation, RAND, MHQP, Consumer Reports, Massachusetts BlueCross BlueShield, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. His work on partnership between physicians, medical groups and health plans, has been published in Health Affairs, the Annals of Internal Medicine, AJMC, AJMQ, and Healthcare Management and by the Commonwealth Fund.

Dr. Beckman is a clinical professor of Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has been a faculty member in Rochester since 1990. Prior to that he was an associate professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine where he attended medical school, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine.

Episode 1: Dr. Mark Fendrick

Highlights from Dr. Fendrick:

“What was really exciting to me and has proved to be a national leadership point, was how quickly the delivery systems came to VCHI and volunteered to participate in this program. This to me is a sentinel for the fact that those who are providing care see that these ongoing efficiencies driven by lots of irrationalities of payment and coverage, can actually be overcome to spend our dollars better.”

“[Smarter Care Virginia] is the most well thought out multi-stakeholder implementation of strategies to reduce low-value care that I could think of. What is impressive about VCHI is the immediacy that all the key stakeholders in healthcare across the Commonwealth, embraced this idea that there’s enough money being spent on healthcare in the commonwealth and we can spend more on the good stuff if we spend less on the bad stuff.”


In this episode, Smarter Care Virginia team member Steve Horan, PhD, CEO of Community Health Solutions, chats with Dr. Fendrick about the opportunities to realign healthcare spending around value during the COVID 19 pandemic and beyond.

Our Guest: A. Mark Fendrick MD

Dr. Fendrick conceptualized and coined the term Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) and currently directs the V-BID Center at the University of Michigan, the leading advocate for development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health benefit plans.  His research focuses on how clinician payment and consumer engagement initiatives impact access to care, quality of care, and health care costs.  Dr. Fendrick has authored over 250 articles and book chapters and has received numerous awards for the creation and implementation of value-based insurance design.  His perspective and understanding of clinical and economic issues have fostered collaborations with numerous government agencies, health plans, professional societies, and health care companies.

Dr. Fendrick is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM), serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, and has been invited to present testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel.

Dr. Fendrick is the co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Managed Care and is an editorial board member for 3 additional peer-reviewed publications.  He is also a member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, where he remains clinically active in the practice of general internal medicine.

Dr. Fendrick leads the National Low-Value Care Task Force and is a faculty member of Smarter Care Virginia.


Smarter Care Virginia

VBID Health

University of Michigan VBID Center