Director, Episode Analytics
Interview conducted by Allison Blacker
How did you first learn about Remedy Partners?
From Vincent Fitts, we were both out to dinner and he showed me a Linkedin job posting. Vincent and I had worked together at the Greater NY Hospital Association for 3 years. He was thinking about applying, I decided to apply as well.
What is your role at Remedy Partners?
Director, Episode Analytics. My role is to process CMS data, create and maintain bundling processes, provide information for reporting that goes out to all partners, and any other projects that pop up. Episode Analytics is a primary cog in Remedy, making sure to improve processes, project results, and continue to push insights that people need to make decisions.
Where is your hometown?
Setauket, NY on Long Island
How do you define success?
Success is feeling that whatever you are doing, you are constantly growing and moving forward. Personally, looking back I hardly recognize myself from a year ago. Success is seeing change and constantly moving forward, one thing that is always consistent is change.
People would be surprised if they knew…
I like to think I am a good cook. I love to cook and do so everyday. However, I despise recipes and so I do not like baking. Analytical thinking may be my specialty but I really do not like to measure. Cooking to me is throw things together and seeing how it all goes.
If you could pick one theme for Remedy Partners to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?
Collaboration. In our role as an Awardee Convener we are in the unique position to bring together previously isolated payers and previews to create a system focused on the patient. We collaborate with hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, doctors and other providers and payers in an effort to provide care seamlessly and efficiently.
What are your three most overused words/phrases?
“Risk”; “bundling engine”; “Well it depends”
What is your proudest moment at Remedy Partners?
Looking at the original phase 1 or class 1 with programs that were struggling, and seeing how successful they have become. It was a great team effort from operations, analytics and IT to make these programs successful. As we look at our new programs we should always remember how far we have come.
What advice do you have for prospective Remedy Partners candidates?
If you are someone that wants to help find creative solutions and then be able to distill those solutions into practical interventions - you’ll do well. You need be able to find the balance between the ideas that are creative and the ideas that we can execute.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Remedy Partners, whose job would you want?
Can the person I switch with take my job?
Before working at Remedy Partners, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Montefiore Health System in Bronx, NY. I implemented their physician gain-sharing program. I worked with a variety of clinical doctors and specialists to analyze how to help them move towards value based practice. It was interesting to see how incentives affect each physician in a different way. Having a micro level view of healthcare is invaluable when it comes to us figuring out how to make macro level changes towards value-based care.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Go into Finance or International economics
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Right out of school I went right into health policy with a data focus and I have a hard time imagining doing anything else. This is something I love and have a true passion for.
What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Asparagus and goat cheese omelet
What is your favorite number and why?
7 – l like the way it looks likes with the cross in the middle – my Dad wrote it that way.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Ride my bike around NYC, like to experience different neighborhoods, I like the feel of NY and being out on my bike helps me feel like a part of the energy of the city.
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
Follow up question, is it a hamster sized elephant or is it a tiny elephant just the size of a dog? You can't give open-ended hypothetical questions to an analytics person; we will be here all day.
Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
Without cheap moon travel moon cities are out. Not a big fan of driving- cars that fly themselves would be awesome. Therefore, robot housekeepers.
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
Scale of computing – it is cheap to do things compared to a few years ago. Developing more powerful computing will continue to help solve problems better, faster, and more efficiently.