Commonwealth Care Alliance

Commonwealth Care Alliance

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Leadership

Christopher D. Palmieri, President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris Palmieri has a 20-year track record leading and growing provider-sponsored managed care organizations, with a keen focus on government funded managed care programs. He has a deep understanding and commitment to providing quality healthcare and long term support services to underserved populations, including seniors and people with disabilities. He holds the position of Vice Chair of the Board of the National MTLSS Health Plan Association, an association of leading managed care organizations (MCOs) that promotes the common business goals of plans that specialize in managing long-term services and supports for State Medicaid programs.

Prior to his position with Commonwealth Care Alliance, Chris spent nearly ten years with Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the nation’s largest non-profit provider of home and community based services. During his last five years with VNSNY he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans which he successfully transformed into a $2 billion safety-net insurance organization offering both Medicare Advantage and New York State Medicaid Managed Care products. In 2014, VNSNY CHOICE was awarded an Affordable Care Act Medicare-Medicaid alignment initiative contract worth nearly $2.4 billion. Chris has also held positions with Amerigroup Corporation, Metropolitan Jewish Health System, Inc., and Faxton-St. Luke’s Health Care/Mohawk Valley Network, Inc. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Remedy Partners, an organization that develops and manages episode payment programs for employers, commercial health insurers, and government payers based in Darien, CT.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College, and a Master of Science/Health Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil, Chief Medical Officer

Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil, is the Chief Medical Officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA).  In addition to overseeing clinical delivery and clinical operations at CCA, she is a practicing physician, serving as the PCP for elderly homeless and marginally housed CCA members cared for within an interdisciplinary team at Commonwealth Community Care, as well as a hospitalist on CCA’s shared inpatient service at Boston Medical Center.

Prior to joining CCA in 2013, Toyin was attending physician at Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine and a clinical instructor at Boston University School of Public Health. Her career and academic interests center around efforts to design, implement and evaluate clinical interventions to improve the quality, patient-centeredness and cost of health care delivery in complex and multi-morbid patient populations.

Toyin received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and her medical degree King’s College London School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center.

 

Lisa M. Fleming, Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs

Lisa has been Chief Legal Officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance since January of 2011, where she is responsible for the company’s legal, compliance, government and regulatory affairs, provider network strategy and human resources functions in the organization.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Care Alliance, Lisa was a partner at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP concentrating her practice in intellectual property and business litigation, employment law and benefits, and health law.  In private practice, Lisa represented a wide range of businesses from individual entrepreneurs and small start-up technology companies to national technology and financial companies in complex intellectual property litigation matters, including patent and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and violation of non-compete agreements.

Prior to joining Sunstein, Lisa held the position of Deputy General Counsel of BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts.

For over thirty years, Ms. Fleming has counseled clients with regard to employment and health law compliance, including negotiation of employment contracts, severance arrangements for key executives, whistleblower litigation strategies, and corporate governance matters.

Lisa is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Sarah Garrity, Chief Marketing Officer

Sarah is the first Chief Marketing Officer in CCA’s history and is responsible for sales, marketing, communications, and public relations functions. Her role includes overseeing Commonwealth Care Alliance’s market and competitive intelligence efforts to inform short- and long-term organizational objectives and strategic plans; developing and implementing corporate branding campaigns, including advertising, direct, digital, and community marketing efforts; developing and regulating CCA’s sales programs; and overseeing external communication activities, including media relations.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Care Alliance, Sarah served as Vice President for Enterprise Marketing at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based healthcare organization. She has also held Senior Vice President positions at the leading worldwide advertising agencies FCB Global and Grey Worldwide. She received her BA degree from the College of Holy Cross.

Lawrence Gottlieb, MD, MPP, Chief Quality Officer, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement

Larry Gottlieb is a board-certified internal medicine physician with 25 years of experience in healthcare quality management and improvement with numerous publications on quality in the medical and health policy literature. He has held several senior leadership positions in managed care and clinical information systems development and has been widely recognized for strategic thinking and effective leadership among healthcare industry executives. Larry has also been a leader in the launching and ongoing success of several healthcare collaborative efforts designed to improve care for patients and simplify processes for providers and has numerous publications.

Immediately prior to joining Commonwealth Care Alliance, Larry served as Vice President and Senior Medical Director at Health Dialog, a Boston-based international wellness and chronic care support organization.

From 2000 to 2007, Larry served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of two early stage care management information technology companies using internet technology and home monitoring technology to support improved care for patients with chronic diseases.

From 1987 to 2000, Larry served as a Medical Director at Harvard Community Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in a variety of leadership positions focused on improving the quality of care delivered to the Health Plan’s members. During that time, Larry led multiple successful NCQA accreditation efforts, oversaw the development of highly successful preventive care and chronic disease management programs, and developed and implemented the first comprehensive managed care evidence-based clinical practice guidelines program in the United States, achieving international recognition.

Larry also played a leadership role in the launching of several Massachusetts healthcare collaboratives, including the Massachusetts Healthcare Quality Partnership, the Alliance for Health Care Improvement, the New England Region Public Health Managed Care Collaborative, and the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. He has served on the Board of Directors of several other healthcare organizations, including Health New England, Network Health, and MassPRO.

Larry obtained his undergraduate degree in engineering and his medical degree from Tufts University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Tufts New England Medical Center and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University.

Eric Price, Chief Financial Officer

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As Chief Financial Officer, Eric Price serves as a key member of the executive leadership team. He is responsible for developing, planning and managing all financial aspects of the organization, enabling it to achieve its operational and strategic goals. His responsibilities include the establishment and review of finance-related policies and procedures, and the direction all fiscal activities. These include accounting, budgeting, forecasting, audits, medical economics, business intelligence, actuarial services, and regulatory reporting. Eric collaborates with Senior Managers and the Board of Directors to guide the organization through the rapidly changing healthcare environment. He participates in determining our strategic direction and enhancing our competitive position in the market, while ensuring that the highest levels of quality and satisfaction are achieved and maintained.

Eric is a seasoned financial executive with over three decades of experience, including critical expertise in health plans offering Medicare Advantage and LTSS products for dual eligible beneficiaries. Prior to joining CCA, Eric served as the long-time CFO at VNSNY CHOICE of New York; earlier in his career he held a variety of managerial roles at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Cross of California. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Courtney Sullivan Murphy, Chief Operating Officer

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Courtney Sullivan Murphy directs Commonwealth Care Alliance’s operational performance including the areas of information technology, claims, program oversight, member services, and enrollment and retention. She oversees key vendor contracts and relationships. Courtney serves as a member of the executive leadership team assisting in the establishment of short- and long-term organizational objectives and strategic planning, and ensuring accountability for performance and optimal operational effectiveness.

Courtney has more than a decade of experience in healthcare operations. Prior to joining CCA, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations Strategy at Beacon Health Options, and earlier as Chief of Staff in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and as the Deputy Budget Director for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Courtney received her undergraduate degree from Merrimack University and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University.