About CHRT

Board of Directors

  • Billi

    John E. Billi, MD (Chair)

    Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan, Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education, U-M Medical School

    John E. Billi, M.D. is the associate vice president for Medical Affairs of U-M, and professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education at the U-M Medical School. He has devoted his career to studying and improving health services delivery, including the cost of care, the impact of changing reimbursement systems, evidence-based guideline uses, pharmacy appropriateness, performance-based differential reimbursement, and conflict of interest management. He leads the Michigan Quality System, which applies Lean Thinking to the continuous improvement of health care delivery at U-M.

    He serves on the board of the Michigan State Medical Society, where he chairs the Committee on Quality, Efficiency and Economics. He co-chairs the Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium, which endorses common evidence-based guidelines across 14 Michigan health plans. In addition, he serves on the board of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) and on the steering committee for GDAHC’s Cost-Quality Initiative.

  • Barkell

    Susan L. Barkell, MBA

    Senior vice president Health Care Value for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Susan L. Barkell is senior vice president Health Care Value for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Ms. Barkell is responsible for defining and executing strategic direction for health care cost management programs and policies to enhance the delivery …

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  • Bartlett

    Mark R. Bartlett, CPA (treasurer)

    Executive vice president, chief financial officer and president of Emerging Markets for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Mark R. Bartlett, CPA, is executive vice president, chief financial officer and president of Emerging Markets for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Prior to 2006, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and previously as th …

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  • 6/13/14 Rick Bossard, UMHS Government Relations

    Alan R. (Rick) Bossard, MBA

    Government relations officer for the University of Michigan Health System

    Rick Bossard is the government relations officer for the University of Michigan Health System. He has represented UMHS in Washington, D.C. and Lansing since 1983. The primary focus of this representation has been the reimbursement and health policy asp …

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  • Castillo

    Paul Castillo, CPA

    Chief Financial Officer, University of Michigan Health System

    Paul Castillo directs the University of Michigan Health System’s integrated financial operations, which includes the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, the U-M Medical School, the clinical services of the U-M School of Nursing, a shared administrative s …

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  • Hohner

    Joseph H. Hohner, MBA

    Executive Vice President, Health Care Value, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Joe H. Hohner is Executive Vice President of Health Care Value for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). Mr. Hohner is an officer of the company and serves on the president’s Operating Committee and the Executive Committee of the Operating Commit …

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  • Keshishian

    Marc Keshishian, MD

    Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Care Network

    Dr. Keshishian is responsible for providing executive leadership and oversight of all corporate healthcare related activities at Blue Care Network, including medical management, medical policy, quality management and improvement, health education and w …

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  • Rossi

    Lynda Rossi

    Executive Vice President, Strategy, Government and Public Affairs of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Lynda Rossi is Executive Vice President, Strategy, Government and Public Affairs of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Rossi’s areas of executive leadership and oversight include the following: BCBSM Foundation; Corporate Communications; Corporate Str …

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  • Marschall Runge

    Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.

    Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs

    The University of Michigan Board of Regents appointed Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs effective March 2015. Before coming to Michigan, Dr. Runge was executive dean for the University of North Carolina (UNC) …

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  • Simmer

    Thomas L. Simmer, MD (vice chair)

    Senior Vice President for Health Care Value & Provider Affiliation and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Thomas L. Simmer, M.D. is senior vice president for Health Care Value and Provider Affiliation and chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Simmer is responsible for contracting with more than 20,000 physicians who participate in B …

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  • David Spahlinger

    David A. Spahlinger, M.D.

    Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Executive Director, UMMG Medical Group, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

    David Spahlinger graduated from Ohio State Medical School in 1980 and completed his residency at the University of Michigan in 1983. He served as chief medical resident at Michigan in 1983-1984. David joined Wooster Clinic in Wooster Ohio in 1984. Whil …

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  • Strong

    Douglas L. Strong, MBA

    Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President of The University of Michigan Health System

    Douglas L. Strong joined the University of Michigan Health System in 1998 as Associate Vice President for Health System Finance and Strategy. In 2002 he was named Interim Chief Financial Officer, and assumed the post permanently in 2004. In October 200 …

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