An Expert Discussion on the Provider Relief Fund

Suzie Desai, MBA, is a senior director and sector leader for the not-for-profit healthcare group at S&P Global. She is the group spokesperson for the not-for-profit healthcare group and is responsible for all aspects of the health care practice including criteria development and analytical thought leadership. She covers several large health care systems and standalone hospitals and is involved in other aspects of the not-for-profit health care practice including long-term care and human service providers. Suzie chairs and participates in credit committees for health care organizations across the country. Suzie also authors publications and special reports in the health care sector and participates in speeches and panel discussions covering various health care related topics. Suzie joined S&P Global Ratings in July 2003 and is located in the Chicago office. Before joining S&P Global Ratings, Suzie was a consultant for a marketing strategy consulting firm where she focused primarily on the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Suzie has also been a board member of the Chicago Municipal Analysts Society (CMAS) from 2012-2014 and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Suzie holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University and a business degree (with a focus in public management and finance) from Yale University.

Contact: suzie.desai@spglobal.com

Kenneth Kaufman, MBA, has been one of the leading thinkers on the future of healthcare for more than forty years. He is the chair of Kaufman Hall, a management consulting and software firm that he founded in 1985. Ken has helped healthcare organizations of all sizes with their most critical strategic challenges. He is also the author of seven books and hundreds of articles, and he has delivered more than 400 speeches, most recently focusing on healthcare disruption. In 2019, he received the Richard L. Clarke Board of Directors Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association for lifetime contribution to healthcare.

Contact: kkaufman@kaufmanhall.com

Mark Miller, Ph.D., leads Arnold Ventures’ work to lower the cost and improve the value of health care. He joins the team with more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing health policy, including prior positions as the executive director of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; assistant director of Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office; deputy director of health plans at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; health financing branch chief at the Office of Management and Budget; and senior research associate at the Urban Institute. Miller has extensive experience identifying emerging health care issues, developing policy solutions, working with policymakers, and engaging diverse stakeholders. Over the course of his career, he has been directly involved in the development of major health legislation such as the Balanced Budget Act; the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act; and the Affordable Care Act. Miller holds a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an M.A. and B.A. in political science from Old Dominion University.

Contact: mmiller@arnoldfoundation.org

Karyn Schwartz, is a senior fellow at Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). She was previously a vice president at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, where she oversaw policy work related to Medicare Part D, the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and the 340B program. Prior to joining PhRMA, she worked in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She started her career as a policy analyst at KFF, working on issues related to the uninsured.

Contact: kschwartz@kff.org

Billy Wynne, J.D., is chairman of the Wynne Health Group, a national public interest health policy consulting firm providing strategic counsel and advocacy services to elite health care organizations, including Fortune 50 companies, marquee health systems, prominent foundations, and state governments. He is also Executive Director of the Public Option Institute, which analyzes implementation of public option programs and generates best practice recommendations. Prior to his private sector career, Billy served as Health Policy Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, where he was a lead drafter of several health care laws and portions of the Committee’s “White Paper” series that laid the foundation for the Affordable Care Act.  He has published several dozen articles and op-eds in Health Affairs and other platforms, often appears on cable news, and is frequently cited by the New York Times, Politico, and other publications for his analysis of health policy in the U.S. Billy received his bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the University of Virginia and serves on the boards of Operation Smile, Chinese Children Adoption International, and the Zen Center of Denver.

Contact: billy@wynnehealth.com