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President and CEO
Tom Koutsoumpas, President & CEO, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
As President and CEO of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI), Tom oversees and advances the organization’s initiatives and strategic direction to drive the Partnership’s mission and achieve its vision that every American experiences exceptional care during the last stages of life that matches their goals, values, and preferences. Tom has dedicated his career to ensuring that private and public organizations are prepared to meet the ongoing opportunities and challenges related to providing high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective hospice, palliative, and advance illness care to the people they serve. That focus led him early in his career to be instrumental in advancing the creation, development, and implementation of the Medicare hospice benefit.
His passion to improve care delivery also led him to become a co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). C-TAC is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan alliance of patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers with the shared mission to help provide all Americans, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, with comprehensive, high quality, patient-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.
He has previously served as the head of Federal Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) for nearly a decade. His positions included Corporate Vice President and Senior Vice President. There, he led UHG Federal Government Affairs during the implementation of Medicare Part D, the expansion of the Medicare Advantage program, and health care reform. In addition, he developed and expanded the company’s communication initiative.
In addition, Tom held several public policy, political and communication roles, including Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant/Federal Affairs to former Indiana Governor (and later Senator) Evan Bayh, advisor on health policy matters with the Health Practice Group of the Hogan and Hartson law firm (now Hogan Lovells), and associate in public affairs for Burson Marsteller. Early in his career, Tom worked in the United States Senate for Indiana Senator Birch Bayh where he served in several staff and legislative positions.
Tom is a member of the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which convenes experts in the quality care for those with serious illnesses. Tom also serves as one of the leaders of the Project on Advanced Care at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
Tom is a co-author of A Roadmap to Success: Transforming Advanced Illness Care in America and of the foreword to the publication, Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most (2012) by Gundersen Health System and the Center for Health Transformation. A native of Indiana, Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, where he served as a member of the Board of Regents.
Strategic Initiatives & Policy Coordinator
Tzvetomir Gradevski, Strategic Initiatives & Policy Coordinator, NPHI
In his role with the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, Tzvetomir provides legislative analysis and research to advance the priorities of the Partnership. This includes monitoring policy developments and how they relate to hospice and palliative care, preparing policy briefs, and providing background research. In addition, Tzvetomir works to support NPHI’s quality measure initiatives to bridge legislative and strategic initiatives with data-driven quality measures.
As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Tzvetomir focused on healthcare policy and built a firm foundation through coursework on the public policy process, comparative coursework on foreign healthcare systems, and comparative coursework on the welfare states of other countries. He also took graduate coursework in bioethics and achieving evidence-based health policy. His main research project focused on the social determinants of health, how they are discussed in other countries, and the impact of discourse on policy.
Tzvetomir has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania along with a minor in Bioethics to supplement his focus on healthcare policy.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Kevin Kappel, Senior Strategic Advisor, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
Kevin currently serves as the Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a collaborative for over 50 not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers. In this role, he provides strategic planning and guidance to NPHI members seeking collaborative solutions to improve operational efficiencies, gain economies of scale and talent, and design and deploy innovative care models to address the needs of patients experiencing advanced illness. As part of this effort, Kevin assists NPHI members identify the strategic needs of payer and provider partners in local service areas and build programs that can support community-based hospice providers in meeting those needs.
Kevin started his career at the Mintz Levin law firm in Washington, D.C., in a variety of roles and responsibilities. His projects involved developing policy solutions for home health, hospice, and payer clients interested in implementing new healthcare models with a focus on integrated and accountable care for patients with serious progressive chronic conditions. After business school, Kevin worked as an Engagement Manager for The Chartis Group, a management consulting firm providing strategy and operations support for acute care providers, including nationally ranked academic medical centers, community health systems, pediatric hospitals, and integrated delivery networks. In this role, his projects included service line planning, enterprise digital health strategic planning, and the development of a regional health information exchange.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and Science & Technology Policy from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from the Columbia Business School – Columbia University.
Chief Operating Officer
Beth Kurta, Chief Operating Officer, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
Beth first discovered hospice as a volunteer in 1989 and has worked with members of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a collaborative for over 50 not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers, since 2007. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, she oversees the day-to-day operations of NPHI including governance, new member recruitment, meeting oversight, financials, vendor engagement and member relations. Beth is also responsible for the Organizational Excellence Initiative which allows her to work directly with member leadership through Forums, Workgroups and Users Groups. She also manages the member-only website and is responsible for the Annual Summit.
Beth brings a variety of experiences that have honed her organizational and operational skills. A 1992 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Gerontology, she is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and certified Director of Activities. Beth has spent her career as a servant leader, beginning with Hospice of Michigan, working at various senior care facilities in the Detroit area and serving as Executive Administrator for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee prior to joining NPHI.
A lifelong resident of metropolitan Detroit, Beth currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Grosse Pointe South Gridiron Club, is Past Commodore of the Grosse Pointe Sail Club, is an active member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, volunteers for YoungLife and is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. Beth and her husband, Frank, have two teenaged sons.
Senior Policy Advisor
Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Adviser, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI)
As Senior Policy Adviser to the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, Andrew works to advance the organization’s strategic and policy initiatives by providing timely political and policy analysis, engagement with stakeholder organizations, and advocates on behalf of the Partnership and its members with the Congress.
Prior to his work with NPHI, Andrew was Founder and Principal of MacPherson Strategic, Inc., a health care policy, legislative strategy, and communications consulting firm. MacPherson Strategic served a diverse set of health care stakeholder clients, including consumer groups, broad-based coalitions, innovative health care start-ups, and the largest health care purchasers.
Prior to founding MacPherson Strategic, Andrew served as Director of Government Affairs at Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc. (JPS), a nationally recognized health policy consulting firm led by Chris Jennings, Former Senior Health Care Advisor to President Barack Obama and previously to President Bill Clinton. From 2007-2013, Mr. MacPherson staffed a wide variety of client and pro bono initiatives in the policy, political, and communications arenas with JPS, Inc., such as the Bipartisan Policy Center health reform project with former Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle, Dole and Mitchell, presidential campaigns including Obama for America and Hillary Clinton for President, and the Clinton Global Initiative. While at JPS, Andrew researched and co-authored numerous articles and speeches on a range of health policy issues.
From 2005 to 2007, Andrew served in the Government Relations Department with the American Psychiatric Association (APA). At the APA, Andrew developed national policy positions, conducted in-depth research on physician access and reimbursement, and engaged on all aspects of targeted lobbying activities including those related to implementation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit, physician reimbursement under Medicare and mental health “parity” legislation.
From 2001 to 2004, Andrew worked for a range of policy and political organizations and elected officials, including Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Democratic Governors’ Association, Vermont Democratic Party, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, Inc., a market research and strategic communications consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
He is a member of the National POLST Paradigm Leadership Council. He regularly speaks to national audiences on a variety of health policy and political issues, and particularly those related to advanced illness and end-of-life care.
Originally from Vermont, Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University in May 2005.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Ray Quintero, Senior Strategic Advisor, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
Ray provides strategic consult to the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a collaborative for over 50 not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers. In this role, he provides strategic guidance, internal and external messaging, policy analysis, and advises stakeholder outreach for NPHI. More broadly, Ray is engaged in overall health system delivery transformation.
Ray’s over a decade of experience in health policy strategy has made him knowledgeable in the diverse issues impacting hospice care. He has led and been actively involved in numerous multi-stakeholder coalitions aimed at improving our nation’s health care delivery and financing systems.
Ray served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the American Osteopathic Association. His government relations background also includes positions at Merck Pharmaceuticals, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). As well, Ray provided grassroots and public affairs counsel to a range of health care clients while serving as Vice President of Strategic Alliances at SevenTwenty Strategies. Ray began his career in health care government relations as a policy advisor in the Health and Life Sciences practice of B&D Consulting.
A native of Arizona, Ray received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona, where he served as Student Body President and on the Arizona Alumni Association Board.
Chief Strategy Officer
John Richardson, MPP, Chief Strategy Officer, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
John focuses on data analysis and quality measurement priorities for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a collaborative for over 50 not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers. In this role, he provides coalition leadership on quality measurement issues, including implementation of the Medicare Hospice Quality Reporting Program, as well as data-driven policy analysis, regulatory interpretation, and strategic planning.
John has 25 years of public and private sector experience producing client-focused health policy analysis and strategic advice. His clients have included federal policymakers and staff, C-suite executives, and health care industry consulting clients. He has deep substantive knowledge of Medicare data resources, quality measurement and value-based payment policy, and federal legislative, regulatory, and budget processes.
Prior to joining NPHI, John was a principal policy analyst at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan Congressional advisory body. John led MedPAC’s work analyzing and making recommendations to improve Medicare’s quality measurement and value-based payment programs across fee-for-service provider types, ACOs, and Medicare Advantage. He prepared detailed research papers and made presentations at MedPAC public meetings, and drafted chapters on quality measurement and value-based payment in MedPAC’s reports to Congress.
Before joining MedPAC, John was vice president at Avalere Health, a Washington, DC-based advisory firm, where he directed the development and production of client-focused policy analyses on the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, health care delivery and payment system reforms, and Medicare demonstration programs. He also made multiple presentations on Part D and other Medicare policy issues to a wide range of policy and business audiences.
Prior to Avalere, John was the director of program development at CalOptima, a public Medicaid managed care organization serving Orange County, California, with an enrollment of approximately 350,000 Medicaid recipients. Among other projects, John developed an actuarial analysis and business plan for CalOptima to enter a Medicare managed care line of business to serve Medicare-Medicaid “dual eligibles,” and directed enterprise-wide projects to renew the organization’s federal Medicaid waivers and obtain a State of California health plan license.
John began his health policy career as a Medicare program examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he served as the lead OMB analyst for Medicare Part B, including physician payment and beneficiary cost-sharing policies. He reviewed, drafted comments on, and recommended changes to proposed regulations and legislation. He routinely briefed OMB and senior White House officials on Medicare policy issues.
John has a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and a BA from Harvard University.
Policy and Advocacy Manager
Davis Baird, MSG, Policy and Advocacy Manager
Davis helps direct NPHI's policy and advocacy initiatives in close collaboration with the Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Strategy Officer. Davis manages policy and advocacy workgroups, conducts research and analysis of current and past hospice regulation and legislation to inform NPHI policy priorities, cultivates relationships with Capitol Hill staff and Administration officials, manages and directs the Congressional outreach plan for NPHI, collaborates with Hill staff to revise and improve legislation, offer policy recommendations, and gather stakeholder support for relevant bills, and works closely with other groups with similar interests to organize Hill briefings and roundtables to promote the Partnership’s work.
Prior to his role at NPHI, Davis was a Program Manager at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). In this role, he provided strategic programmatic and policy support to advance the mission and work of the Aging and Disability Business Institute to connect community-based organizations (CBOs) and health care payers and providers in their efforts to deliver on the promise of robust population health and value-based care. Davis was responsible for the Business Institute’s online presence, partner and stakeholder outreach and engagement, technical assistance to field-based providers, and management of an interactive learning collaborative of operationally advanced CBOs.
Prior to joining n4a, Davis served as a Research Associate at the Altarum Institute, a large nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization in Washington DC. At Altarum, Davis worked to build an innovative grassroots policy and advocacy movement around family caregiving and its impact on the health care and community supports systems. Before his time at Altarum, Davis worked as a volunteer advocate at an Area Agency on Aging in Arlington, VA, as well as a Research Assistant on a special two-year project at a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Charleston, SC.
Davis received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The College of Charleston, and his Masters’ degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.
Member Services Manager
In her role as Membership Services Coordinator with the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI), Stephanie supports our members by maintaining membership data through Program and Forum rosters, collecting and disseminating member information and managing member portal access.
Stephanie brings a variety of experiences that have refined her organizational and customer service skills. She worked in Retail Management and as a Call Center Manager before dedicating her time to raising two daughters, now college-aged. During those years, she sharpened her skill set by serving as treasurer and registration chair on various community-based committees including Trombly Elementary PTO, Grosse Pointe Park Mutant Swim Team, Grosse Pointe South Mothers’ Club, GPS Spring Benefit, among others. For three years, she also held the position of Registrar for Grosse Pointe Soccer Association. Stephanie has also run a successful small business since 2015.
Originally from Germany, Stephanie has lived on every continent but Australia. She enjoys reading, boating and spending time with her family. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Georgetown University.
Strategic Partnerships & Vendor Relations Manager
Sarah serves as Strategic Partnerships and Vendor Relations Manager for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation. In her role, she works to support and develop relationships with vendors to build NPHI’s Preferred Vendor Program to elevate the partnerships with vendors and benefits/services available for the members we serve.
Sarah brings experience in NCQA & URAC Accreditation for health plans and MBHOs, strategic planning, large-scale program management, training & talent development, and marketing communications. She serves as a Managing Partner at HPS Consulting and strategic consultant to Wellopp, a clinically based software solution that targets people with unaddressed SDoH factors. Previously, Sarah was the Director of Training and Development at Meridian Health Plan, also serving MeridianRx, where she oversaw the development of staff training, member & provider materials, and website design & content for Medicare, Medicaid, and Exchange products as well as pharmacy benefit managers. Sarah has also collaborated with Fortune 500 companies and other organizations to support and guide their efforts in accelerating the performance of internal teams, business relationships, and products.
Sarah holds a B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in Economics, Spanish and Anthropology from Michigan State University.
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