President and CEO, National Health Policy Group

Richard J. Bringewatt is Co-founder and President of the National Health Policy Group (NHPG) and Co-founder and Chair of the SNP Alliance. The SNP Alliance provides national leadership and advocacy for advancing integration and specialty care for high-risk/high-need beneficiaries through Special Needs Plans (SNPs) and Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMPs). Prior to his current leadership positions, Mr. Bringewatt co-founded and served as President and CEO of the National Chronic Care Consortium (NCCC), a strategic alliance of leading acute and long-term care systems seeking to advance improvements in care for persons with severe or disabling chronic conditions as their conditions evolve over time and across care settings. Functioning as a policy entrepreneur and catalyst for change, Mr. Bringewatt works with other national health leaders and groups to improve health policy and practice for poor, frail, disabled and chronically ill persons. He has a long history of success in advancing program innovation for persons with complex care needs and related specialized managed care policy.


President and CEO, SNP Alliance

Dr. Cheryl Phillips is the President and CEO of the Special Needs Plans Alliance, a national leadership association for special needs and Medicare-Medicaid plans serving vulnerable adults. Prior to this she was the Senior VP for Public Policy and Health Services at LeadingAge. She has also served as the Chief Medical Officer of On Lok Lifeways, the originator of the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive care for the Elderly) model based in San Francisco, and the Medical Director for Senior Services and Chronic Disease Management, for the Sutter Health System, a network of doctors, hospitals and other health providers in Northern California. As a fellowship-trained geriatrician, her clinical practice focused on nursing homes and the long-term care continuum. While at Sutter Health, she developed and led a care coordination program for high-risk seniors enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plan. Dr. Phillips is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society, the organization representing health care professionals committed to improving the health of America's seniors; and is also a past president of the American Medical Directors Association, the physician organization for long-term care. She continues to serve on multiple technical advisory groups for chronic care, nursing home quality and home and community-based services and has provided multiple testimonies to the U.S. Congress. She is a frequent speaker to boards of directors for aging service providers, state and national meetings. She served as a primary care health policy fellow under Secretary Tommy Thompson, and was appointed by the Governor as a California Commissioner on Aging and appointed to the Olmstead Advisory Committee for California. Dr. Phillips is on the Board of Directors of the SCAN Foundation.


SNP Alliance Legal and Regulatory Council

Legal and Regulatory Counsel, SNP Alliance

Mark S. Joffe is the principle in the Firm of Law Offices of Mark S. Joffe in Washington, DC. Mr. Joffe specializes in legal and business issues affecting managed care organizations with a particular focus on Medicare and Medicaid managed care, including Medicare Advantage special needs plans and Medicare-Medicaid plans. Mr. Joffe was previously the Associate Counsel, Group Health Association of America (currently AHIP), the managed care and health insurance trade association. Prior to that position, Mr. Joffe was a Senior Attorney with the Office of the General Counsel, Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Joffe has a Masters of Arts degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University.

SNP Alliance Policy Consultants

Medicare-Medicaid Integration Consultant, SNP Alliance

Pamela has over 34 years of experience in state government in Minnesota, with specialized expertise in management of integrated Medicare and Medicaid health care policy, operations and financing for people with dual eligibility, managed long term services and supports, rate setting and MA D-SNP policy and contracting. She was responsible for creation of the first CMS approved state Medicare-Medicaid integration demonstration for people with dual eligibility in 1995. She developed and managed several specialized managed care programs for seniors and people with disabilities as well as the first Medicare Medicaid D-SNP demonstration approved by CMS in 2013. Pam also served as Director of Long Term Care and has a long history of consumer advocacy serving as the states first long term care ombudsman. Pam has been an advisor to CHCS, MedPAC, MACPAC, AARP, NCQA, NASHP, and the Alliance for Health Reform and has been a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics related to MLTSS and dual eligibility. After retiring from her state management position, Pam continues to serve as part time consultant to the state, and joined the SNP Alliance team as Medicare-Medicaid Integration Consultant. Pam has a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where she was a Bush Leadership Fellowship Recipient.


Policy Consultant and Performance Evaluation Lead, SNP Alliance

Dr. Deborah Paone serves as the lead on performance evaluation and quality measurement issues for the SNP Alliance. Deborah founded her health care strategic consulting and evaluation firm, Paone & Associates, LLC, in 2002 and provides consulting support to a wide variety of organizations in health care and aging/long term services and supports, including health plan, provider, research, and governmental organizations. Prior to working with the SNP Alliance, Deborah was vice president and senior research associate for the National Chronic Care Consortium. She provided technical educational assistance to the State of Minnesota on the MSHO demonstration which later became a permanent part of the state's Medicare/Medicaid managed care program. Deborah served as Director of the American Hospital Association's Section for Aging and Long-Term Care Services where she helped direct regulatory and legislative activity around hospital-based SNF transitional care units, and LTC/chronic disease hospital issues. She also served as Executive Director of a community-based senior and family caregiver services organization.

Dr. Paone has been the evaluator or principal investigator in a number of multi-year, multi-organization initiatives, including most recently, for the ACT on Alzheimer's initiative. She has also served as consultant to a grantee for the Accountable Communities for Health CMMI State Innovation Model initiative.

Dr. Paone has a Doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, holds a Master in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and received her bachelor's degree in Gerontological Issues in Community Health from the University of Rochester, NY. Her research on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs appears in peer-reviewed journals.

Technical Consultant

Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman
CMSHCC Payment Policy Advisor

Eric Goetsch is a Principal and Consulting Actuary with the Milwaukee office of Milliman. He joined the firm in 1994. Mr. Goetsch's area of expertise is health insurance and managed healthcare programs, including being a firm-wide leader in Medicare Advantage and Part D consulting. His client work has been in the areas of feasibility and strategic analyses, premium and capitation rate development, experience and risk score analysis, liability estimation, and other actuarial projections. He has advised managed care organizations, state government agencies, insurance companies, employers, and other organizations. Each year, Mr. Goetsch provides Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D feasibility analysis and bid development/support for over 100 bids across eight states, including feasibility analysis and bid development for numerous SNPs for the dual eligible, chronic disease, and institutionalized populations. He is a frequent industry speaker on Medicare Advantage and Part D topics.

Lobbying & Government Affairs Consultants

Principal, Avenue Solutions

Avenue Solutions' founding partner Tracy Spicer is a 20-year veteran of political campaigns at every level. Ms. Spicer began her involvement in politics in 1992 in former US Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Senate office before transitioning to his campaign staff in 1994 to assist in his successful re-election campaign and quickly rose to Political Director and Deputy Chief of Staff. Since that time, she has worked with and coordinated numerous campaigns, ranging from municipal and state candidates to the US Congress as well as the White House. During her decade of experience on Capitol Hill, she coordinated successful political and legislative strategies for Senator Kennedy and managed his legislative priorities in the areas of healthcare, education, labor and economic development. Ms. Spicer is widely recognized for her political acumen and expertise in designing legislative and regulatory strategies and her established network of long-standing professional contacts among elected officials, appointed policymakers and their staffs. She draws on her vast political and legislative experience to help clients navigate the labyrinth of Capitol Hill and government bureaucracy and to position them strategically to head off obstacles, find common ground and achieve success. Ms. Spicer has played a leading role in the consideration, negotiation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Medicare and Medicaid legislation; healthcare information technology initiatives; mental health parity legislation; genetic non-discrimination legislation; small business incentive proposals; and prescription drug coverage legislation.


Partner, Avenue Solutions

Elizabeth Barnett is a Partner at Avenue Solutions, a government relations firm which provides strategic legislative, policy, and political expertise based in Washington, DC. Elizabeth advises numerous clients across the spectrum of the health care industry on a range of federal legislative and regulatory issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Barnett brings a wealth of political and legislative experience to this all-female, all-Democratic firm. Elizabeth has 15 years of experience in health care policy both in the private sector and on Capitol Hill. Before joining Avenue Solutions, she was a lead Democratic lobbyist for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Elizabeth has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill, where she spent eight years working for U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). As the Senators principal health policy advisor, Ms. Barnett developed and managed her health care and social policy agenda, created and implemented legislative strategies, and served as her chief negotiator on priority legislation, including the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families reauthorization. Elizabeth also spent time serving as the Senators speechwriter. A true veteran of the Washington political process, Elizabeth has also served as a researcher at EMILYs List and on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. A native of Southern Maryland, Elizabeths tenure in DC began with an internship with U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD). Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington College.


Principal, Loper Consulting

Ginger Loper founded Loper Consulting in January 2010 after serving as a Vice President at Timmons and Company for four years, where she advised a range of Fortune 500 clients and major trade associations on legislative and regulatory strategy. Prior to her work in the private sector, Ginger served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs from 2002-2005. As a senior lobbyist for President George W. Bush, Ginger served as the primary point of contact for the President and senior White House staff to the Committees on Agriculture, Finance, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). She advocated for the Presidents agenda in the areas of health care, Social Security, tax, education and agriculture. Prior to her White House service, Ginger served as a Legislative Assistant to then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott from 1997 to 2001. She assisted with the management of legislation in the areas of health care, tax, education, and the federal budget. In 2011, Ginger was named one of the top lobbyists under 40 by Washingtonian Magazine. Ginger serves on the Board of Directors for the Arlington Free Clinic. She graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 1995. She received her Masters degree from George Washington University in 1997.