COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 13 – Nursing Home Care

Richard Feifer, M.D., MPH, FACHE, is president of Genesis Physician Services and chief medical officer at Genesis HealthCare, the nation’s largest skilled nursing and long-term care provider, operating nearly 400 facilities in 25 states.  He leads a team of over 550 clinicians who provide care for many Genesis patients, in addition to the medical directors at every Genesis skilled nursing facility. In support of these front-line providers, he also has direct management responsibility for the non-clinical functional areas, including operations and finance.  More broadly across Genesis, he leads all aspects of pharmacy management.  His primary focus is the active transition from volume-based fee-for-service to value-based care and reimbursement.  In that capacity, he serves as chief medical officer of the Genesis HealthCare Accountable Care Organization, which is the only national ACO focused on nursing home patients. Prior to joining Genesis, Dr. Feifer served as Aetna’s chief medical officer of National Accounts. He led Clinical Consulting, Strategy, and Analysis, which helped our nation’s largest employers improve the health and productivity of their employees and dependents.  Before Aetna, Dr. Feifer served as vice president of Clinical Program Innovation and Evaluation at Medco, where he was responsible for the organization’s portfolio of care enhancement programs. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Feifer is a board-certified internist with experience in population health, primary care, geriatrics, and urgent care medicine.  He received his MPH in Health Services Management from Columbia University, and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut.

Contact: Richard.Feifer@GenesisHCC.com

 

Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is president of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City. She is the chief strategist for the Foundation and is leading change with the Age-Friendly Health System Movement in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association.   Her clinical appointments have included the Massachusetts General Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Fulmer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Contact: Marcus Escobedo, marcus.escobedo@johnahartford.org

 

Vincent Mor, Ph.D., is the Florence Pirce Grant Professor of Community Health in the Brown University School of Public Health and a senior health scientist in the health services research service at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Mor has been Principal Investigator of over 40 NIH funded grants focusing on the use of health services and the outcomes frail and chronically ill persons experience. He has evaluated the impact of programs and policies in aging and long term care including Medicare funding of hospice, changes in Medicare nursing home payment and the introduction of quality measures. He was one of the authors of the Congressionally mandated Minimum Data Set (MDS) for Nursing Home Resident Assessment and the architect of an integrated Medicare claims and clinical assessment data base used for policy analysis, pharmaco-epidemiology and population outcome measurement. This data resource is at the heart of the NIA funded Program Project Grant, “Changing Long Term Care in America”, now in its third renewal cycle, which examines the impact of Medicaid and Medicare policies on long term care providers and the patients they serve. This integrated data structure is also at the core of a series of large, pragmatic cluster randomized trials of novel nursing home based interventions. Building upon this work, most recently, he and colleagues around the country were awarded a large grant from the National Institute on Aging to solicit, fund and support multi-site pilot non-pharmacologic intervention projects embedded in health care systems designed to improve the lives of persons living with dementia and their caregivers. This program is expected to test whether interventions found to be effective when implemented by researchers are still effective when embedded in a functioning health care system. Dr. Mor has been an active VA HSR&D investigator for the past decade and helped establish the Providence VAMC Center of Innovation (COIN) where he is now directing a number of independent investigator initiated research projects focused on the VA Geriatrics and Extended Care service.

Contact: Vincent_Mor@brown.edu

 

Rachel Nuzum, MPH, is vice president for the Federal and State Health Policy initiative at The Commonwealth Fund, working closely with policymakers at the state and federal level. Ms. Nuzum is responsible for developing and implementing the Fund’s national policy strategy for improving health system performance, ensuring that the work of the Fund and its grantees informs the policy process in both the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government. Ms. Nuzum’s work also includes fostering public–private collaboration on health system performance improvement with state and federal stakeholders and organizations. Ms. Nuzum has over 15 years of experience working in health policy at the federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as in the private sector. Before joining the Fund in January 2007, Ms. Nuzum was a legislative advisor for Senator Maria Cantwell (Wash.) on health, retirement and tax issues. Prior to joining Senator Cantwell’s office, she served as a David Winston Health Policy Fellow in Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (N.M.) office. In this role, Ms. Nuzum staffed the Senator on the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., she served former Governor Roy Romer of Colorado in the office of Boards and Commissions and worked as a health planner in west central Florida. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado and an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida. She is on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions and is on the board of the Winston Health Policy Fellowship.

Contact: rn@cmwf.org