Past Meetup

Surviving and Thriving under the Affordable Care Act

This Meetup is past

110 people went

Price: $25.00 /per person

Emblem Health

55 Water Street · New York, NY

How to find us

Check in at front desk and go to the 3rd floor

Location image of event venue


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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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.

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