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A Record to Rely On: A Workshop on the Intersection of

Electronic Health Records, Health Law, Payment, and Oversight

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800

200 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20201

 Opening Remarks/Welcome

B. Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, FACEP is the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and provides high-level executive direction and leadership for ONC programs, operations, and policies and advances key Administration initiatives, such as delivery system reform, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and implementation of the Interoperability Roadmap. 

Prior to joining ONC, Dr. Washington served as the President of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) Medical Group and as the health system’s Chief Medical Information Officer. The FMOL Health System is headquartered in Baton Rouge and has five acute care hospitals and affiliated facilities located throughout Louisiana provide care to 40% of the state’s population.

Dr. Washington's primary responsibility was to develop and execute ambulatory strategies for the health system with a focus on transforming ambulatory care delivery models. In this role, he led over 500 physicians, advanced practitioners and 1,400 employees in more than 70 care locations throughout Louisiana. Additionally, his responsibilities included quality and process improvement.  

He was also the senior accountable executive for information technology for FMOLHS.  During his tenure, the health system has been an early adopter of technology including solutions including the integration of medical device information into the electronic health record and the widespread deployment of clinical decision support within the provider documentation workflow. FMOLHS has been recognized as an Information Week Top 500 Company and the institution’s help desk has won the Help Desk Institute best in class award. 

Before joining FMOLHS, Dr. Washington served as CEO of Piedmont Healthcare Management Group (PHMG) in Charlotte, North Carolina where he led the development efforts of coding and billing process technologies. PHMG was sold to Anodyne Health, which in turn was acquired by AthenaHealth. Before PHMG, he was president and CEO of Piedmont Emergency Medicine Associates, also located in Charlotte, NC, where he led a 70 provider hospitalist medicine and emergency medicine group.

Dr. Washington received a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia. He earned his Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Patient Access

Lucia Savage, JD is the Chief Privacy Officer at ONC. Lucia was the Senior Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare, where she supervised a team that represents UnitedHealthcare in its work in large data transactions related to health information exchanges, healthcare transparency projects, and other data-driven health care innovation projects. She has served on the Governance Board of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Multi-Payer Claims data base project (2011-2013), and collaborated with health information exchanges and state agencies in their planning with payers.

Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Lucia was General Counsel at the non-profit Pacific Business Group on Health, where she oversaw the legal affairs and state policy initiatives for one of the nation’s oldest employer healthcare purchasing coalitions and its small group health insurance exchange, PacAdvantage. At PBGH, Lucia applied her 15 years of experience as an employee benefit attorney, in both compliance and litigation, and expanded her practice to include healthcare regulation, data transactions, and health care reform, and HIPAA implementation. Before joining PBGH, she served as Stanford University’s benefits compliance officer.

Lucia has a B.A. from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and received her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from New York University School of Law in May 1989, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif. She is a Member of the State Bar of California, the American Corporate Counsel Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. Lucia has authored many articles and given many lectures. Most recently, she has been emphasizing the importance of cost and quality transparency in health care, and has been working on the complex issues of maintaining patient privacy while working to fully realize the potential of health information exchange for better patient care in a learning health care system

Deven McGraw, JD is the Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  She is a well-respected expert on the HIPAA Rules and has a wealth of experience in both the private sector and the non-profit advocacy world. Prior to joining OCR, she was a partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  She previously served as the Director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a leading consumer voice on health privacy and security policy issues, and as the Chief Operating Officer at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided substantive policy expertise for the Partnership’s health policy agenda.  Ms. McGraw spearheads OCR’s policy, enforcement, and outreach efforts on the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules and leads OCR’s work on Presidential and Departmental priorities on health privacy and security.  She  graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law  Center and was Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Medical Documentation and Clinical Reliability

Andy Gettinger, MD is the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) and the Executive Director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety. Prior to joining ONC, he was Professor of Anesthesiology and adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and was the CMIO for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Associate Dean for Clinical Informatics at Geisel. Gettinger has extensive experience in the field of health information technology. He led the development of an electronic health record (EHR) system at Dartmouth and subsequently was the senior physician leader during Dartmouth’s transition to a vendor-based EHR. Gettinger’s clinical practice and research has been focused on anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and on information technology as it applies generally to health care. He founded the clinical informatics group at Dartmouth. He has been an active participant in the policy debates regarding patient privacy at both the state and federal level testifying before the Senate HELP Committee and participating as a member of the NH Legislative Taskforce on Privacy. In 2012-13 he completed service in Senator Orrin G. Hatch’s office as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.

 Dr. Gettinger received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at the Hartford Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, and critical care medicine. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and was among the inaugural cohort of physicians certified in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 2013.

Diana Warner, MS, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA currently serves as director, HIM Practice Excellence at AHIMA. In her role, Ms. Warner provides professional expertise for EHRs, privacy, security and confidentiality, and HIM operations in both hospitals and physician practices. Ms. Warner focuses on the advancement and use of HIT standards for HIM practices, HIM best practices, information governance.  Ms. Warner provides industry analysis and advocacy on current and emerging issues that impact health information management. She represents AHIMA and participates on several standards development organizations (HL7, IHE, and ISO).  She is a member of the US delegation to the Technical Committee (TC) 215 Health Informatics of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) where she serves as a Secretary of the ISO/TC215 Workgroup 4: Security, Safety and Privacy.  Ms. Warner also serves as one of Health Level Seven’s (HL7) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Working Group co-chairs. 

Ms. Warner has 20 years of experience in HIM, working in various healthcare settings including physician practice and acute care hospitals. Prior to joining AHIMA, she was employed as director of HIM at the University of Minnesota Physicians. Ms. Warner holds a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the Columbus State University in Georgia. She provides her expertise to AHIMA members, the media, and outside organizations through articles publications, and presentations. 

Michele Lauria, MD, MS is Systems Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Eastern Maine Health Care Systems. She is board certified in Clinical Informatics, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology.   Her Master’s degree from the Center Evaluative Clinical Sciences, now known as the Dartmouth Institute, focused on care process analysis and improvement.  Earlier in her career, Dr. Lauria applied her extensive training to collaboratively create a web based obstetric delivery registry which then became the foundation for a regional perinatal quality improvement network in Northern

New England.  As CMIO at EMHS, Dr. Lauria strategically leads the design, implementation and support of health care informatics. 

Julie Taitsman, MD, JD is the Chief Medical Officer for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Taitsman is OIG’s primary resource on clinical and scientific issues and lends medical expertise to audits, evaluations, inspections, and enforcement actions.  Dr. Taitsman founded OIG’s Quality of Care Workgroup to foster collaboration across the agency’s multiple components and fulfill the agency’s goal of improving quality of care received by Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.  Dr. Taitsman also leads OIG’s physician education initiatives to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.  She previously served as Senior Counsel in the Industry Guidance Branch of the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General.  While at OIG, she was detailed to the Senate Finance Committee where she served as Special Counsel for Health and Science and authored the Staff Report on Industry Funding of Medical Education.  Prior to joining the Office of Inspector General, she practiced health care law in Washington, DC, focusing on Medicare payment and coverage and regulation of drugs, biologics, and medical devices.

Dr. Taitsman earned a B.A. from Brown University in 1992, an M.D. from Brown University School of Medicine in 1996, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1998.  She completed the Preliminary Medicine Residency Program at Carney Hospital in Boston in 1999 and clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1999 to 2000.

EHR Risk Management and Litigation 

Elise Sweeney Anthony, JD is the Director of Policy at ONC.  Elise leads ONC’s engagement on a range of high-priority federal policy efforts, including regulatory development, information blocking, MACRA implementation, and governance.  Her portfolio also includes emerging issues and health IT policy matters impacting EHR Incentive Program participants and other care settings. 

Prior to this position, Elise served as the Deputy Director of Policy where she led the Division of Strategic Policy, the Division of State and Interoperability Policy, and the Division of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs.  She also led ONC’s coordination with CMS on the EHR Incentive Program regulations—including the 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule and the Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 final rule. 

Elise is an experienced health policy attorney and advisor.  She spent many years at a leading law firm where she spearheaded a variety of health improvement initiatives, including initiatives impacting care delivery, health innovation, and at-risk/rural populations.  In addition, she has served as a senior director at a global development consultancy where she focused on health improvement in international conflict zones and on addressing health disparities in developing regions.  Elise is led initiatives across the policy landscape, including with Congress, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.    

Elise received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Morgan State University as a Ralph Bunche Scholar and her Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Trial Advocate of the Year. 

Derek Kosiorek, CPEHR, CPHIT, principal with the MGMA Health Care Consulting Group, has been advising healthcare organizations for nearly 20 years. He has worked closely with practices of all sizes across the country on their back office functionality, with emphasis on staffing efficiency, Revenue Cycle Management and Information Technology/EHR. Derek’s time in healthcare came after spending much of his career in IT, a foundation that gives him a unique perspective when thinking about the advantages that technology could be bringing to many healthcare organizations (and often does not). He is a Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) and a Certified Professional in Health Information Records (CPEHR). He is also a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Elisabeth Belmont, JD serves as Corporate Counsel for MaineHealth which is ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks with combined annual revenues of nearly $2 billion.  She is responsible for a myriad of complex issues faced by an integrated delivery system on a daily basis including electronic health information network strategy development and implementation to support innovations in care delivery and payment models;  information technology acquisitions and licensing; telehealth and mobile health technologies; use of “Big Data” to facilitate research, quality improvement, and clinical integration initiatives; HIPAA and data privacy compliance; cybersecurity and loss prevention programs; and professional liability claims prompted by a significant self-insurance program.  Ms. Belmont has participated in numerous governmental and national initiatives where quality improvement, patient safety and information technology intersect.  She is a member of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Health Care Services Board.  Ms. Belmont recently served on NASEM’s Committee on Diagnostic Error in Health Care, and co-chair of the National Quality Forum’s Health IT Patient Safety Measures Standing Committee.  She is Co-author of the 2016 DHHS Office of the National Coordinator agency guidance, EHR Contracts Untangled:  Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms and Understanding the Fine Print.  Ms. Belmont is a Past President of the American Health Lawyers Association and a Past Chair of the Association’s Health Information and Technology Practice Group. She is the recipient of numerous honors including being named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2007 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare, recipient of the 2014 David J. Greenburg Service Award and designated a 2016 National Associate by NASEM.

Chad P. Brouillard, JD, MA is a trial and appellate lawyer practicing medical liability defense and healthcare law.  He is a graduate of the St. John University’s School of Law in New York, Boston College (MA) and the University of Massachusetts (BA). He is an international speaker on liability issues pertaining to electronic health records, healthcare ediscovery and mHealth (mobile). Mr. Brouillard authored numerous articles including, "Emerging Trends in Electronic Health Record Liability," "Continuing Trends in Electronic Health Record Liability," "mHealth in the era of BYOD." and "The Impact of E-Discovery on Healthcare Litigation" for the Defense Research Institute's national magazine, For the Defense among many other publications.  He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and federal court.  In 2012-2013, he has testified before for the U.S. HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on three occasions as a content expert on EHRs, mHealth and medical liability concerns.

Daniel Scialpi, JD is an attorney with Patrick Malone and Associates, a Washington, D.C. based law firm that represents individuals who have suffered life-altering injuries. Dan joined Patrick Malone and Associates in 2010, after clerking for Judge Marielsa Bernard in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. Shortly after joining Patrick Malone and Associates, Dan began serving as lead trial counsel, handling complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases in both federal and state court. He has worked on numerous cases that have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients.  Dan is the Chair of the D.C. Bar Association’s Tort Law Committee, and a member of the Board of Governors of the D.C. Trial Lawyers Association. Dan was also recently named as a National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Lawyers under 40.” Dan has a particular interest in the way technology intersects with personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including the impact of social media and mobile

technology. Dan is a graduate of the George Washington University, where he received a BA in History and Political Science, and a graduate of the American University - Washington College of Law.

Reed D. Gelzer, MD, MPH is a former primary care physician active in EHR standards development, advising on improving EHR policy, data quality, authenticity, program integrity, and compliance topics.  He is an HIT Policy and EHR Specialist for Provider Resources, Inc. which is an accredited woman-owned small business dedicated to advancing quality assurance and program integrity. Dr. Gelzer is also former Co-Chair, HL7 EHR Systems Standards Workgroup and current Co-Facilitator, HL7 EHR Systems Records Management and Evidentiary Support.   Previously supporting diverse projects including Meaningful Use Public Comments Management, Navy Medicine Data Quality and Compliance, and Medicaid Managed Care External Quality Review, Dr. Gelzer also volunteers for the American Bar Association’s Health Law and Science and Technology subgroups and the Sedona Conference Workgroup on Discovery.  He also co-created the 2014 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Informatics Workshop on Clinical and Legal Attributes of Reliability and Authenticity in EHRs.

Innovation and Problem-Solving: Standards, Technical & Developer Perspectives

Steve Posnack, MS, MHS is the Director of the Office of Standards and Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Steve  joined the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in July 2005.

Prior to serving as the Director of the Office of Standards and Technology, Steve led ONC’s Federal Policy Division within the Office of Policy and Planning from 2010 to 2014. In this capacity, Steve led ONC’s regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, and several federal policy development and coordination activities.

As the Federal Policy Division Director, Steve developed the health IT standards and certification policy necessary to support the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Steve authored and supervised the drafting of all regulations issued by ONC during this time period, including several standards and certification criteria regulations, the regulations necessary to establish the ONC Health IT Certification Program, and an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on metadata standards.

Steve co-led many of ONC’s high-priority health IT policy development and coordination activities, including the rulemakings related to the CMS and HHS OIG proposed and final rules to modify the EHR donation rules under the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark) and Anti-kickback Statute; the 2012 RFI on a governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network; the 2013 Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange; the 2014 draft report on a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT as required by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) Section 618; the FDA guidance on mobile medical applications; and various aspects of privacy and security policy related to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules and breach notification requirements. 

From 2005 to 2010, Steve served as a Senior Policy Analyst within ONC’s Office of Policy and Research. In that position he co-authored the Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework for Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information. He also led a cross-HHS policy team that worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as it developed its regulation for the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). Steve served as a project officer for several contracts, including multi-million dollar Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), a multi-year initiative designed to provide resources to states to improve nationwide understanding of how privacy and security laws and business practices affected electronic health information exchange. Steve also served as lead staff to the American Health Information Community’s Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security Workgroup for over two years.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science (MS) in Security Informatics from Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, and a Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also maintains a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certificate.

Gary Dickinson is Director of Healthcare Standards at CentriHealth and Co-Chair of the HL7 Electronic Health Records (EHR) Work Group.  He is primary author of ISO 21089 Health Informatics/Trusted End-to-End Information Flows, co-editor of ISO/HL7 10781 Health Informatics/EHR System Functional Model and ISO/HL7 16527 Health Informatics/Personal Health Record System Functional Model, and is primary author of HL7 Fast Health Interoperable Resources (FHIR) Record Lifecycle Event Implementation Guide (part of FHIR Standard for Trial Use, 3rd Edition).

Robert Dieterle has worked with CMS and the Center for Program Integrity and Provider Compliance for over five years.  He has lead and participated in a number of national standardization and interoperability efforts on behalf of CMS including testifying twice before the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics (NCVHS) regarding the standards relevant to pending attachment regulations.  Bob is member of HL7, ASC X12N and WEDI and works to balance the interests of patients, providers and payers in creating and promulgating standards that help to promote the integrity and provenance of medical information in the electronic health record and during the exchange of the information between authorized parties. He has co-authored implementation guides for digital signatures on structured and unstructured documents, clinical documentation exchange, identification of Implantable Devices, Healthcare Directory information and the exchange and EHR functionality for clinical laboratory orders and results. Bob has held a variety of senior executive and board of director roles in healthcare organizations and health IT companies, including Cerner Corporation, Nichols Institute and the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Reed D. Gelzer, MD, MPH is a former primary care physician active in EHR standards development, advising on improving EHR policy, data quality, authenticity, program integrity, and compliance topics.  He is an HIT Policy and EHR Specialist for Provider Resources, Inc. which is an accredited woman-owned small business dedicated to advancing quality assurance and program integrity. Dr. Gelzer is also former Co-Chair, HL7 EHR Systems Standards Workgroup and current Co-Facilitator, HL7 EHR Systems Records Management and Evidentiary Support.   Previously supporting diverse projects including Meaningful Use Public Comments Management, Navy Medicine Data Quality and Compliance, and Medicaid Managed Care External Quality Review, Dr. Gelzer also volunteers for the American Bar Association’s Health Law and Science and Technology subgroups and the Sedona Conference Workgroup on Discovery.  He also co-created the 2014 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Informatics Workshop on Clinical and Legal Attributes of Reliability and Authenticity in EHRs.

John Klimek, R.Ph. is senior vice president, standards and industry information technology with the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP). His main objective is to work with industry leaders in healthcare to achieve interoperability amongst the healthcare standards, which will ultimately increase healthcare efficiencies and safety.  John is chair of the SCO (Standards Charter Organization) Summit which is now the Health Standards Collaborative Organization, whose mission is to provide an environment that facilitates effective coordination and collaboration on U.S. national healthcare informatics standards development, with recognition of the international and multi-industry stakeholder implications and challenges. John previously sat on the HIT Standards Committee created by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), for three years. John holds a B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from the University Of Illinois School Of Pharmacy.

Kurt Long is the Founder and CEO of FairWarning, a global leader in application security intelligence solutions. FairWarning protects patient information in Electronic Health Records for over 8,500 hospitals and clinics around the world, as well as confidential information in financial services companies with over $200 Billion assets.  Kurt holds multiple patents around the world related to information security. He has also been involved in the founding of several information security companies that have become public or acquired. Mr. Long is a recognized thought leader in information security, privacy and compliance, and has been featured in dozens of articles, published multiple papers, and has been called on to provide expert testimony before governments in the U.S. and Europe.

Sarah Corley, MD is an experienced consultant in health information technology (HIT). She served for over 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for NextGen Healthcare Systems, an Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendor. She also practices part time as a primary care Internist in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. She served 2 terms as Vice Chair of the Electronic Health Record Coalition (EHRA). She served as a member of the AMIA EHR 2020 task force and on the HIT Standards Committee’s Implementation, Certification, and Testing workgroup. She served a four-year term as Governor of the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a 6 year term on their National Medical Informatics Subcommittee. She represents the ACP on the Physicians Electronic Health Record Coalition. She received post-graduate training in Medical Informatics at OHSU. She has used electronic health records for the past 22 years and has spoken extensively on the subject. Her consulting expertise is in the areas of physician compliance with meaningful use, MIPS and other regulatory delivery system reform projects, using HIT to improve quality, using HIT to improve patient safety, and optimizing workflows using HIT.

Innovation and Problem-Solving: Provider, Payor and Legal Perspective

Michael Lipinski, JD is the Director of the Division of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Michael leads ONC’s development of federal policy and regulations and contributes to HHS policies, regulations, and initiatives that support delivery system reform through electronic health information exchange, patient electronic access, and the adoption and use of health IT, including mobile medical applications. Before coming to ONC, Michael served as the Senior Legal Advisor to the head of the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. As the Senior Legal Advisor, Michael played an integral role in establishing the HHS agency and provided procedural and substantive guidance on Medicare to the Office’s administrative law judges and staff. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and, while in law school, completed a judicial externship with a federal appeals court judge and an internship with the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach.

David O. Barbe, MD, MHA is a board-certified family physician from Mountain Grove, Missouri, and president-elect of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Barbe received his bachelor's degree with honors in microbiology and his medical doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Kansas affiliated program (now Via Christi) in Wichita, Kansas. He also received his Master of Health Administration from the University of Missouri–Columbia.  Following residency, Dr. Barbe returned to his hometown of Mountain Grove in rural southern Missouri and established a solo practice in traditional family medicine, including obstetrics, endoscopy and minor surgery. He now serves as vice president, regional operations, for Mercy with responsibility for 5 hospitals, 90 clinics and more than 200 physicians and advanced practitioners. He also serves on the executive management team of Mercy-Springfield.

Ken Sullivan, Vice President, Provider Applications,  CareFirst BCBS. As VP of Provider Applications,  Ken is responsible for program management, application development (requirements, design, integration, deployment, etc.) and day to day operational support activities related to Medical Management (inlcuding CareFirst Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)), Provider Self Service, PBM Operations, EDI Transaction processing and Corporate Electronic Gateway functions.

Chad P. Brouillard, JD, MA is a trial and appellate lawyer practicing medical liability defense and healthcare law.  He is a graduate of the St. John University’s School of Law in New York, Boston College (MA) and the University of Massachusetts (BA). He is an international speaker on liability issues pertaining to electronic health records, healthcare ediscovery and mHealth (mobile). Mr. Brouillard authored numerous articles including, "Emerging Trends in Electronic Health Record Liability," "Continuing Trends in Electronic Health Record Liability," "mHealth in the era of BYOD." and "The Impact of E-Discovery on Healthcare Litigation" for the Defense Research Institute's national magazine, For the Defense among many other publications.  He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and federal court.  In 2012-2013, he has testified before for the U.S. HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on three occasions as a content expert on EHRs, mHealth and medical liability concerns.

Elisabeth Belmont, JD serves as Corporate Counsel for MaineHealth which is ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks with combined annual revenues of nearly $2 billion.  She is responsible for a myriad of complex issues faced by an integrated delivery system on a daily basis including electronic health information network strategy development and implementation to support innovations in care delivery and payment models;  information technology acquisitions and licensing; telehealth and mobile health technologies; use of “Big Data” to facilitate research, quality improvement, and clinical integration initiatives; HIPAA and data privacy compliance; cybersecurity and loss prevention programs; and professional liability claims prompted by a significant self-insurance program.  Ms. Belmont has participated in numerous governmental and national initiatives where quality improvement, patient safety and information technology intersect.  She is a member of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Health Care Services Board.  Ms. Belmont recently served on NASEM’s Committee on Diagnostic Error in Health Care, and co-chair of the National Quality Forum’s Health IT Patient Safety Measures Standing Committee.  She is Co-author of the 2016

DHHS Office of the National Coordinator agency guidance, EHR Contracts Untangled:  Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms and Understanding the Fine Print.  Ms. Belmont is a Past President of the American

Health Lawyers Association and a Past Chair of the Association’s Health Information and Technology Practice Group. She is the recipient of numerous honors including being named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2007 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare, recipient of the 2014 David J. Greenburg Service Award and designated a 2016 National Associate by NASEM.

Closing Remarks

Elise Sweeney Anthony, JDis the Director of Policy at ONC.  Elise leads ONC’s engagement on a range of high-priority federal policy efforts, including regulatory development, information blocking, MACRA implementation, and governance.  Her portfolio also includes emerging issues and health IT policy matters impacting EHR Incentive Program participants and other care settings. 

Prior to this position, Elise served as the Deputy Director of Policy where she led the Division of Strategic Policy, the Division of State and Interoperability Policy, and the Division of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs.  She also led ONC’s coordination with CMS on the EHR Incentive Program regulations—including the 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule and the Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 final rule. 

Elise is an experienced health policy attorney and advisor.  She spent many years at a leading law firm where she spearheaded a variety of health improvement initiatives, including initiatives impacting care delivery, health innovation, and at-risk/rural populations.  In addition, she has served as a senior director at a global development consultancy where she focused on health improvement in international conflict zones and on addressing health disparities in developing regions.  Elise is led initiatives across the policy landscape, including with Congress, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.     

Elise received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Morgan State University as a Ralph Bunche Scholar and her Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Trial Advocate of the Year.