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Surviving and Thriving under the Affordable Care Act

Like the ACA implementation itself, the implementation of this event was delayed a few times.  We apologize for that. But now it is ON thanks to Eliza Ng, MD and the folks at Emblem Health!

Our Newest Co-Organizer Meryl Greenblatt has done a fantastic job of curating the event, great speakers lined up! 

The Event:

After all the politics and positioning, at the end of the day Hospitals, Doctors, Patients, and Plans need to find ways to make PPACA work and satisfy the triple aims while not going out of business or going bankrupt from medical bills and higher premiums. This event will bring to the stage diverse viewpoints on how this will all work and is currently working for large physician groups, hospitals, plans, and patients, and to discuss new care delivery models, population health, patient engagement and the roles of analytics and mhealth.


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Or watch it later on  You can also see most of our previous events there. 


6:00 to 6:25  Networking: Meet, Tweet and Greet  (Hashtag #H2NYC)

6:30 to 6:37  Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

6:37 to 7:45  Presentations from the Speakers (10 minutes each)

7:45 to 8:15  Networking Break

8:15 to 8:50  Panel Discussion: Moderator: Brent Stackhouse

8:50 to 9:15  Open Q&A with panel and presenters

9:15 to 9:30  Wrap-up, Closing Remarks, Program Announcements

The Speakers

Patient Perspectve: Fard Johnmar, Founder and President of Enspektos

Fard is co-author of ePatient 2015: 15 Surprising Trends Changing Healthcare, which explores how health technologies are shaping the future of how consumers, caregivers and others will think about and receive care.

Big Payer Perspective: Eliza Ng, MD, MPH,  Vice President of Medical Affairs at EmblemHealth, the largest health plan in New York serving around 3 million lives. In her position, she is responsible for developing strategies for improving medical outcomes and achieving clinical excellence.

Dr. Ng is a graduate of Drexel University (Hahnemann) School of Medicine with a MPH from Columbia. She oversees the team of physician staff at Emblem, and presides clinically over areas including medical policy, utilization review, and vendor management and provider networks. Her major focus has been on developing clinical collaborations with providers to support ACOs and other payment reform programs, building innovations and advancing best practices in the marketplace. 

New Payer Perspective: Michelle Zimmerman Michelle currently holds the position of Chief Innovation Officer at AlphaCare of New York, a new health plan that offers Medicaid Managed Long Term Care, Medicare, and Dual-Eligible products. Prior to AlphaCare, Michelle spent time at Aetna (Healthagen Division) where she was a founding member of its business innovations team and successfully oversaw the creation of 3 new healthcare companies. 

Before Aetna, Michelle was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and, prior this this, practiced corporate law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, a New York law firm.  She is the co-author of a book chapter in health policy and an advisor to numerous healthcare start-ups.  Michelle received her JD, MBA, and Honors Bachelor degrees from the University of Toronto and is a member of the New York State Bar

Large Provider Group and ACO Perspective: Benjamin Kornitzer, MD, Medical Director for Network Development for the Mount Sinai Health System and Chief Operating Officer for Balance ACO. 

Dr. Kornitzer completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and continues to see patients in New York City. Prior to his current role, Dr. Kornitzer was a consultant with Mckinsey & Company, where he served leading clients in the healthcare space, including the U.S. Government, major healthcare systems, and top 10 pharmacos. 

Specialist Perspective: Michael J. Wolk MD, MACC, New York Cardiology Associates, P.C. 

Dr. Wolk is in private practice in New York City with New York Cardiology Associates, P.C. He is a Board-certified cardiovascular specialist who has spent his entire career at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center, where he is Clinical Professor of Medicine. At Weill-Cornell he has been president of their 875-physician member Independent Physician Association, chairs the managed-care committee, and sits on the institution's policy and operating boards. He is also an attending physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the author of over 76  peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Wolk presides over the eponymous Michael Wolk Heart Foundation, which to date has raised more than $6.0 million, primarily from his patients and friends, to provide research prizes and seed money for promising young cardiologists starting investigative careers. 

PCP Perspective: Salvatore Volpe, MD, FAAP, FACP, CHCQM, Chairman of the NYS Medical Society HIT committee, Co-Chairman of the Richmond County Medical Society HIT Committee and consultant to the NYC Primary Care Information Project and NYCREACH extension center.

Dr. Volpe has over 20 years of primary care medical practice experience, having achieved board certification in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Quality Assurance. In 2012, his medical practice became the first solo practice in the United States to achieve Level[masked] NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition. That same year, Dr. Volpe also became Chief Medical Officer for PDR, aka the Physician’s Desk Reference Company. 

Moderator: Brent Stackhouse, Executive Director, New York City Regional Extension Center at the Primary Care Information Project of the New York City Health Department. 

Brent Stackhouse leads the communications, outreach, billing and field teams of NYCREACH. To date, these teams have helped over one-third of all providers in New York City implement an EHR toward the goal of improving the health of NYC through health information technology. Mr. Stackhouse also manages strategic planning, maintains key stakeholder relationships and forges new partnerships. Prior to joining the DOHMH, Mr. Stackhouse worked in investment banking after several years in business development for a real estate finance and development company. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Note: If you are a current dues paying member of H2NYC, this can be one of your free events.  Please email [masked] and make sure you indicate the specific event you would like to be put on the list for. Thank you for your support! 

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  • Bill C.

    Very informative and interesting panel discussion

    2 · April 11, 2014

  • Mimi R.

    Overview presentations gave background for interesting panel discussions with a variety of perspectives.

    2 · April 11, 2014

  • Meryl G.

    Thank you Brent and all our panelists for an informative, engaging, insightful evening. And a big Thank You to everyone who attended for your interest and eager participation. I enjoyed speaking with many of you, and hope to meet more folks next time. Please share your thoughts and feedback, and ideas for future programs on navigating the health care landscape. Our goal is to bring you together to learn from each other, so let us know what you're looking for!

    April 10, 2014

  • Badri R.

    Dear Alex & Team, It was great event & i learned a Lot
    The discussion was very educative, Looking forward to attend the next event , keep improving my Knowledge from highly qualified Individuals & Panelist.
    It was wonderful meeting all.

    2 · April 10, 2014

  • Jeffrey B.

    The panel and crowd made a confusing but important topic clear, and the diverse panel kept the conversation lively.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Eliza N.

    Fabulous - full disclosure I was on the panel

    4 · April 9, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Thank You Dr. Ng. thanks as well for supporting our group and this event.

      April 9, 2014

  • Colin

    Hello Mr. Fair,
    I just joined as an annual member. Can you please add me to this event as one of my 3 free events for the year?

    Thanks in advance.

    April 4, 2014

  • Shinae

    Hi Alex, Can you please add me to this event?

    March 23, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Done! Thank you for your support.

      March 23, 2014

  • Matt

    Alex - Was the date of this event just moved?

    March 14, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Hi Matt. Yes, I'm afraid so. This happens sometimes when we have trouble finding a venue. Sorry if it messes with your plans. If you ever see a date and no venue then the actual date is subject to change still. Full refunds available for any that need them up until the day before the event - the actual one.

      March 15, 2014

  • Joel W.

    Hi Alex, please add me also under the three free...

    February 24, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Thank you for your support, will do.

      March 8, 2014

  • Matthew R.

    Hi Alex-

    Please add me as well.


    March 6, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Thank you for your support, will do.

      March 8, 2014

  • Katherine K

    Alex, I think I want it as one of my free events.

    March 7, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Sorry, perhaps we were not clear. Dues paying members can have up to 3 free events per year. Our events are professionally run and have a cost associated with the food, beverage, videography, materials, printing, and sometimes venues. By Supporting our group with your annual dues of only $45 we enable free access to up to 3 events. I apologize if this was not clear. - Alex

      March 8, 2014

  • Kelsey B.

    Hello Alex,
    Could you count this towards one of my free events as well? Looking forward to it!

    March 6, 2014

  • Kevin W.

    Hi Alex, can you add me to this for one free event? Thanks!

    March 4, 2014

  • Arjun R.

    Just became a member. Do I have to pay for this event or is the fee only for non-members?

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Members get up to three free events per year but the process is still manual through meetup, so please just ask. We added you to this event. See you there!

      1 · January 24, 2014

    • Arjun R.

      Thanks Alex for the free ticket. Look forward to meeting you and others soon.

      January 29, 2014

  • Matt

    Alex - I have same question as Gia & Alan below - if we are members, do w need to pay for this event?

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Hey Matt, as the first person with the foresight and vision to pay membership dues, you are free for life. Thanks!

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just became a member. Do i need to pay a fee for this event?

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Alex F.

      Hey you two, sorry for the slow response, The system is still manual here on meetup but I added you to the event, as above, members get up to three free events per year, so we will add you here. Thanks for your support!

      January 24, 2014

  • Meryl G.

    Let me know how I can help.

    January 7, 2014

  • Paul R.

    Hi. Glad to be getting involved in this group. How large a venue do you think you would need?

    1 · October 30, 2013

    • Paul R.

      That may be larger than the venues I use can accommodate. Our NY office has two small conference rooms and another firm I am a "friend of the firm" of has a larger room but it can only fit a little over 100. Let me see if I can think of any place else (other than a bar which has a back room but they would expect everyone to drink).

      1 · November 1, 2013

    • Alex F.

      A little over 100 is fine and the back room at a bar is great for our annual holiday event. Thanks for your help!

      November 4, 2013

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