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.

Jonathan Bush
CEO & Co-Founder, athenahealth

Jonathan S. Bush is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of athenahealth, a Watertown, Massachusetts-based health care technology company founded in 1997. In 2000, Bush raised more than $10 million in venture capital funding to support athenahealth, which launched a successful IPO in 2007. Before founding athenahealth, Bush served as an associate of J. Bush & Company, Inc., and a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a member of its Managed Care Strategy Group. Bush is the New York Times bestselling author, with Stephen L. Baker, of Where Does It Hurt?: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care.

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.

Arthur Crumlish
President & CEO, CTG Health Solutions

Mr. Arthur W. Crumlish has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Computer Task Group Inc. since July 21, 2016. Mr. Crumlish served as a Senior Vice President of Computer Task Group Inc. from September 24, 2001 to July 21, 2016 and its General Manager of Strategic Staffing Services until July 21, 2016. He served as Controller of the Strategic Staffing Services organization. Mr. Crumlish joined Computer Task Group Inc. in 1990. He has been Director of Computer Task Group Inc. since July 21, 2016. He is a Member of Advisory Council at Niagara University Graduate School of Business.

David Fix
Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal

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

Brian T. Griffin serves as executive vice president and president of the Commercial & Specialty Business Division (CSBD) for Anthem, Inc.  As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, he is responsible for Anthem’s commercial business, including: State-based Exchanges; Individual, Small Group and Large Group local business; National Accounts; and Specialty Products, including dental, vision, life, disability, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Griffin also leads Anthem’s Pharmacy Division, overseeing a multi-year enterprise strategy and managing the company’s strategic pharmacy benefit management (PBM) relationship.  Mr. Griffin and his team have Profit & Loss responsibility for more than 30 million medical members and 18.3 million specialty members.

John McKernan
Vice President, The Riverside Company

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.

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.

Edina Vukic
Senior Vice President, Sales & Community Engagement; Executive Director, Primary Care

As Senior Vice President, Sales & Community Engagement and Executive Director, Primary Care, Edina Vukic oversees three of Affinity’s key growth areas of business. In less than two years, Ms. Vukic has successfully negotiated and contracted with 26 strategic alliance partnerships with providers throughout Affinity’s 10 county markets. Prior to joining Affinity, Ms. Vukic was Director of Provider Relations at Healthfirst. Earlier, she was Director of Provider Relations at Fidelis Care of NY, responsible for the development of their network of key providers, provider groups, hospitals and IPAs through network partnerships that focused on quality improvement, member retention and membership growth initiatives. Preceding these roles, Ms. Vukic managed all contracting and implementation efforts, while consistently exceeding unit cost parameters under budget for all NY physicians/multi-specialty/IPA groups for Health Net of New York, Inc., a commercial plan. Ms. Vukic started her extensive career in health care on the provider side with Montefiore Medical Center, where she held various positions in the utilization management, provider relations and contracting departments.

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

December 9, 2016

The PCDC Leadership Advisory (LAC) Council breakfast on Friday, December 9, was hosted by PCDC LAC Chair and  co-founder Rick Zall, Partner and Chairman of Proskauer’s health care practice. Karen Ignagni, President & CEO, EmblemHealth, was the guest speaker. Ms. Ignagni spoke on the dynamics of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on payers, her perspective on the outcome of the election, and her leadership of one of New York’s leading neighborhood health insurance and wellness companies. She discussed her observations of what’s emerging in Washington, D.C. and the impact in the marketplace, trends in the New York City and tri-state region and how we could prepare for the anticipated changes. The market dynamics around Medicaid block grants, MACRA and the potential consumer impact was also discussed, followed by a lively question and answer portion.  

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.