Leadership Advisory Council

PCDC’s Leadership Council provides strategic vision and advice on policy issues and business strategy. Each member brings a strong background and skills in specific areas of interest. For more information or to join PCDC’s Leadership Advisory Council, please contact Laura Leale, Chief Development Officer, at (212) 437-3933 or lleale@pcdc.org.

Leadership Advisory Council Members

Richard Zall | Chair
Partner & Chair, Healthcare Practice, Proskauer

Richard Zall is part of PCDC’s Leadership Advisory Council. As a partner in Proskauer Rose LLP’s New York Office and chair of the Health Care Department, Richard is highly involved with the advising and counseling of his clients within the health care sector on business strategy, product and service development, financial transactions, and new venture implementation. He also currently serves as Counsel to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Previously, Richard served as a health care counsel to the New York City Council President and was the chief executive of a private equity-backed management company.

Richard Barasch
President & CEO, Universal American Corp.

Richard Barasch is a past PCDC Spring Gala 2013 Honoree and currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Universal American since 1997. Prior to being appointed Chairman and CEO, Mr. Barasch has held numerous other positions within the company since its acquisition or organization. He is the Chairman of the Friends of the Bronx Leadership Academy, a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College and a director of Horace Mann Summer on the Hill.

Cliff Bleustein, MD, MBA
President & CEO, CTG Health Solutions

Cliff Bleustein is President and Chief Executive Officer of CTG, an information technology solutions and services company. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer and Global Provider Solutions Leader of Dell Services. He joined Dell in March 2013 as Managing Director & Global Head of Healthcare Consulting and was named Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Healthcare Consulting in July 2014. Prior to his career at Dell Services, Bleustein was a director in the health industries advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers where between 2009 and 2013 he focused on sales and delivery of PwC’s consulting services to healthcare providers.

Richard Cotton
Special Counsel for Interagency Initiatives, Office of the Governor of the State of New York

Rick Cotton was recently appointed Special Counsel for Interagency Initiatives by Governor Cuomo. Mr. Cotton joins the administration following 25 years at NBC Universal, where he has held numerous positions, including EVP, General Counsel, and President and Managing Director of CNBC Europe in London. He also served as Executive Secretary to the Department at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and welfare under Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr. and Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Deputy Secretary of Energy John Sawhill at the U.S. Department of Energy.

David Fix
Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal

Brian Griffin
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Anthem Inc.

Dennis O’Connell
Director, Custom Computer Specialists

Mr. O’Connell is the director of Healthcare Solutions at Custom Computer Specialists. Prior to rejoining the Custom family, Mr. O’Connell was the Regional Manager for the Northeast Healthcare Division of Intel Security, formerly known as McAfee. At Intel, Mr. O’Connell worked with many of the largest healthcare organization in the Northeast to enable their mission and minimize risk through the development of comprehensive security programs.

Richard Park, MD
Chief Executive Officer, CityMD

Dr. Richard Park is the Chief Executive Officer at CityMD, the leading urgent care provider in the New York Metropolitan Area, with his vision for delivering easily accessible, top quality medical care. Dr. Park completed his medical studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his training in emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Residency Program where he served as chief resident. Dr. Park has an expertise in all facets of urgent care delivery, from being the Director of the residency program at NS-LIJ’s emergency department to co-editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Intensive Review of Emergency Medicine.

Patrick Pilch, CPA, MBA
Consulting, Managing Director, BDO Consulting

Patrick Pilch is the Managing Director of BDO’s Healthcare Advisory team, where he works with clinical and business advisory professionals to hell healthcare organizations thrive. He has experience in providing services that help healthcare organizations redefine their operations to be patient-centric. Prior to joining the BDO Consulting group, Mr. Pilch held leadership roles in Healthcare Advisory at PwC LLC and Alvarez & Marsal, as well as serving as the Vice President of Managed Care and New Business Development at North Shore-LIJ Health Systems.

Andrew Roffe
Partner Robinson & Cole LLP

Andrew Roffe is a partner in the law firm of Robinson & Cole and chair of its Administrative Law Group, a cross-disciplinary practice interfacing with all areas of the firm that focuses on guiding clients through their interactions with state and local government. Prior, Mr. Roffee served as Executive Counsel to the speaker of the New York State Assembly, as the legislative counsel to a former Westchester County executive and as a legislative aide to numerous members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jack Stephenson
President HealthPlus Amerigroup

Jack Stephenson is the president of HealthPlus, an Americangroup Company, in New York. He is responsible for all aspects of health plan operations for HealthPlus Amerigroup. Prior to being appointed President, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the New York Medicaid Business, where he was responsible for sales and marketing, provider relations, community relations, enrollment and managed long-term care. Prior to joining Healthplus Amerigroup, Mr. Stephenson served in several leadership positions in managed care organizations, including Healthfirst, WellCare, UnitedHealth Group and Oxford Health Plans, giving him with more than 17 years of experience within the health care industry.

Carolyn Verde
President & CEO, Platinum Specialty Group

Mark Wagar
President, Heritage Medical Systems

Mark Wagar is the President of Heritage Medical Systems, a physician organization that offers integrated, patient centered care for members in California, New York and Arizona through value-based population management contracts and Accountable Care Organizations. Prior to joining Heritage Medical Systems, Mr. Wagar held numerous leadership roles at provider based managed care organizations, hospital management, physician practice management and diagnostic services, as well as serving as CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield and as a Senior Vice President at WellPoint, Inc.

Robert Wychulis
President, Inovolon

Bob Wychulis is the President of Inovalon, a leading technology company that aims to improve healthcare through data-driven improvements. As President, Mr. Wychulis is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s goals and commitments, including product and delivery service, performance and client value achievement. Prior to joining Inovalon in 2014, Mr. Wychulis served as the President of the WellPoint New York government health plan, HealthPlus, where he was responsible for oversight of medical management, quality improvement, finance, government relations, provider contracting, strategic planning, and the managed long term care product. Mr. Wychulis has played a pivotal role in working with state regulations in transforming New York’s Medicaid delivery system.


Semi-Annual Meeting Highlights

June 30, 2016

On June 30, Dr. Richard Park, MD, CEO of CityMD, attended the Primary Care Development Corporation’s (PCDC) Leadership Advisory Council’s breakfast meeting for a conversation moderated by PCDC CEO Louise Cohen, MPH and Rick Zall, Partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP and Chair of the Leadership Advisory Committee. Dr. Park discussed urgent care and its role within the larger primary care delivery system.

Dr. Park described his philosophy that effective urgent care requires a strong, bi-directional connection with all levels of the health care continuum, utilizing “warm handoffs” that ensure patients get the care they need in the most appropriate setting. CityMD does not seek to replace conventional primary care or the emergency room, rather, provides a middle ground for low acuity emergencies and treatment of non-chronic conditions. However, among his patient population, 40 percent do not have a primary physician or cannot see theirs in a timely manner. For more on this meeting, see our newsletter article.

December 11, 2015

Paul Francis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services, spoke at the December 2015 Leadership Advisory Council breakfast about New York State’s plans to expand and strengthen primary care. Describing primary care as the “hub of the wheel” for health system transformation, Mr. Francis described New York State’s vision of health care delivery and payment transformation. Mr. Francis noted that New York State was pursuing ways to make more affordable capital available to fuel primary care expansion and use telehealth and other technologies to expand the primary care footprint, particularly in upstate and rural communities.

June 30, 2015

Jason Helgerson, New York’s State Medicaid Director, spoke at the June 2015 LAC breakfast about the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP) and the roadmap to value-based payments. Mr. Helgerson said that moving from a fee-for-service model to value-based payments will enable providers to reinvest funds in parts of the system that deliver the greatest value to patients who pay for care. Recognizing that healthcare transformation presents major challenges, Mr. Helgerson noted that patient-centered care, transparency and collaboration are crucial to success.