Priya serves as Delaware Valley ACO’s current Administrative Fellow. She began her career as a primary care physician in India. She received her MD from Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India in 2013. During this period of medical training, Priya joined a student-led outreach NGO that provided health education to the underserved population in Chennai. This experience, along with subsequent years of work as a physician in the community, Priya quickly realized the need for a comprehensive, community-based, patient-outcome driven approach to the delivery of health care extending beyond the medical care provided in a hospital.
Priya received her MBA in Health Sector Management from Temple University, Philadelphia in 2018. As a part of this program, she had the opportunity to complete an internship at The University of Pennsylvania Health System. Priya was exposed to transformative work around value-based care and the implementation of patient-outcome driven strategies during this internship. As an administrative fellow at Delaware Valley ACO, Priya is excited to continue to build upon her understanding of not only the rapid shift from fee-for-service to value-based model of health care, but also the operational practices and challenges that drive a dynamic ACO.
Sarah McCarthy served as Delaware Valley ACO’s Administrative Fellow from July 2017 through July 2018. She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Washington where she earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Prior to graduate school, Sarah worked in a clinical laboratory and pursued a degree in Public Health. Her desire to intersect public health and healthcare lead her to the fellowship at DVACO.
As a fellow, Sarah engaged in a variety of projects with staff and leadership. Some projects were department specific and others involved all entities of the organization. Having the opportunity to engage with everyone at DVACO was a highlight of the fellowship. One of the most enjoyable activities of Sarah’s fellowship was practice visits to participating provider offices. These visits exemplify the transformational work being done at DVACO to improve patient health outcomes.
Part of the fellowship process at DVACO involves setting goals for the coming year. Sarah set three goals including, understanding payer contracting, advancing her data analytic knowledge, and determining if ACO work was right for her. With the help of her preceptor, Joel Port, she was able to achieve each of these goals during the year.
After a fantastic year in Philadelphia, Sarah moved back to the west coast to be with family. She is currently completing one last project with DVACO and pursuing employment related to value-based care. Outside of work, Sarah loves to run and had a blast completing the Broad Street Run (which was on her bucket list of races). She also loves to talk about her two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Henry interned with the Delaware Valley ACO from June 2017 until August 2017. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015. After graduation, he began working in Business Development for an Accountable Care Organization in Delaware. This job sparked his interest in public health and value-based care.
In 2016, Henry began medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. He met Dr. Schneider at a healthcare panel during his first year. This encounter leads him to working as a summer research fellow at the DVACO. Under the mentorship of the team at the DVACO, he visited practices and SNF’s, watched payor negotiations, and saw firsthand how big (and small) data can be leveraged to gain clinical insight and promote change. His final project examined specialty care utilization as a function of practice location and population risk score.
Currently, Henry is a 3rd year medical student. He feels that his time at the DVACO has given him a unique perspective that will continue to shape his clinical interactions. He hopes to use the knowledge and experience gained at the DVACO to help improve healthcare delivery in a way that makes it more accessible and affordable.
Alex served as the Delaware Valley ACO’s Administrative Fellow from July 2016 through July 2017. He received his Master of Public Health from Boston University. His prior work experience includes working for the Assistant Director of the VA Boston Healthcare System and working with at a health center in North Philadelphia. In his spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, going to concerts, exploring Philadelphia, doing any activity on the water, traveling, and exercising (he received his personal training certification in 2014). Alex is originally from Washington, DC and received his BA in American Politics from the University of Virginia. Alex currently works as Improvement Advisor at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Alexandra M. D’Innocenzo
Alexandra was an intern with the Delaware Valley ACO from June 2015 until August 2015. She has experience in healthcare consulting and ACO operations. She currently assists Veralon clients with strategy and planning, including business planning, strategic plan development and implementation, transaction support, and CIN development. She has worked with CINs, community hospitals, and large health systems.
Prior to joining Veralon, Alexandra was a graduate operations intern at the Delaware Valley ACO, where she conducted financial analyses, analyzed operating costs, and created standards for writing policies.
Alexandra received her Bachelors in Health Policy and Administration and Master Degree in Healthcare Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
Amy served as an intern with Delaware Valley ACO shortly after its inception between February 2015 and May 2015. Amy came to DVACO with experience in managing clinical operations for a large physician practice and with the desire to learn about opportunities where she could make an impact within the healthcare community. In a few short months Amy was managing the implementation of a claims database to provide reporting analytics to physicians, was working with members of the leadership team on implementing a physician communication plan regarding Meaningful Use, PQRS, PCMH, and quality improvement initiatives, and assisted in the development of the company website by authoring content and by ensuring compliance with CMS policies. The internship provided Amy with experience in population health management, value based reimbursement models, practice transformation programs, and with mentors from various leadership positions across the healthcare landscape.
At the conclusion of the internship, Amy joined DVACO as a Performance Improvement Coordinator and IT Project Manager to continue working on many of the projects begun as an intern. Amy’s focus shifted primarily to managing the implementation of DVACO’s population health management system–overseeing the aspects of data acquisition from disparate sources to create actionable insights in support of physician quality and incentive programs. In September 2016 Amy departed DVACO and joined Philips Wellcentive to assist clients in their implementation of their own population health management programs.
Amy received her Bachelors in Economics from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and successfully completed the Bryn Mawr College Premedical Post-baccalaureate Program.