CHRT's board includes six members from each of the founding organizations; the positions of Chair and Vice Chair alternate between the two organizations at the beginning of each year.
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
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 Blue Cross Traditional and PPO plans, as well as directing medical policy. He is responsible for professional payment policies and programs to improve the quality, cost, and access to medical services. Under his leadership, BCBSM has implemented physician incentive programs to promote collaborative improvement programs for more consistent care for persons with chronic illness, and more cost effective prescribing patterns. Prior to 2006, Simmer was senior vice president for Health Care Programs and Provider Services and chief medical officer. Prior to joining the Blues in 1999, he served as vice president of Health and Medical Affairs and as medical director for the Health Alliance Plan. Simmer also served as associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Henry Ford Hospital and was the recipient of several Distinguished Service awards. He is a member of the Michigan State Medical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Senior Vice President, Health Care Value, 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 of health care value. Ms. Barkell is an officer of the company and serves on the president’s Operating Committee which sets BCBSM’s overall strategic direction and manages ongoing performance.
As senior vice president, Ms. Barkell oversees all provider contracting and payment policy activities, pharmacy product line along with wellness care management. She is also responsible for maintaining strong provider relationships across Michigan through effective provider inquiry, consulting, and physician and hospital advocacy services. She works in close alliance with BCBSM’s chief medical officer to assure alignment with clinical program components of health care value, such as physician and hospital incentive programs.
Ms. Barkell currently serves on the following:
• Co-Chair of BCBSM’s Health Care Value Leadership Committee
• Staff Liaison to the BCBSM’s Board Provider Relations Committee
• Staff Liaison to the BCBSM’s Board Health Care Delivery and Cost Committee
• Board member of the American Heart Association
• Board member of Saint John Health System’s Healthy Neighborhoods Detroit
• Member of the National Management Association
In July 2010, Ms. Barkell was named one of Metro Detroit’s 10 most powerful women in business by dBusiness.
Prior to this position, Ms. Barkell held the position of vice president for Group Servicing and Provider Services for BCBSM. In this role she was responsible for inquiry and operational support services for providers as well as all customer segments, and HMO, dental and Individual Business product lines.
Prior to joining the Blues in 1996, Ms. Barkell served in various management positions at the Michigan Osteopathic Association.
Ms. Barkell earned her master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President of Emerging Markets
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 the corporation’s senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Bartlett joined the Blues in August 1989 as director of Financial Accounting. Earlier he was audit manager for a Detroit accounting firm.
He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a master’s of divinity from Michigan Theological Seminary. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Leadership Michigan program.
Bartlett is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society. He also is a member of the boards of directors for Detroit Investment Fund, Blue Venture Funds, His Mansion, Spectrum Human Services, Center for Health Care Research and Transformation, Bloom Health and AmeriHealth. He is also a member of the Moody Theological Seminary–Michigan Advisory Board.
Bartlett was included in the Crain’s Detroit Business list of “40 Under 40” executive achievers.
Government Relations Officer, 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 aspects of Medicare/Medicaid. The Veterans Administration is a particular interest, as well.
Bossard received his MBA in 1971 from Western Michigan University. Following a one-year stay at Ford Motor Company, he joined the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, an adjunct of the House Appropriations Committee, where he worked for 10 years until joining the University of Michigan Health System in 1983.
Chief of Clinical Affairs, University of Michigan Health System
Professor of Surgery, U-M Medical School
Dr. Campbell received his B.S. degree in zoology from Michigan State University in 1968, and graduated with distinction from George Washington University, receiving an M.D. degree in 1972. Subsequently, Dr. Campbell received his General Surgery training at the University of Michigan Medical School from 1972 through 1979. During this period, he spent two years as an investigator in the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, working in the laboratory of Ronald B. Herberman, chief of Immunodiagnostics. Following general surgery training, Dr. Campbell began his special interest in transplantation, a field which he has pursued and in which he continues to be actively involved. Dr. Campbell spent six months on sabbatical with Professor Sir Roy Calne learning the intricacies of liver transplantation in Cambridge, England, in 1986.
In recent years, Dr. Campbell has become interested in the related subjects of physician wellness and patient safety. He has lectured nationally on the subject of physician burnout, particularly among surgeons, and has more recently linked this interest to how burnout might affect physician performance. Dr. Campbell currently serves as a co-investigator on two NIH-funded grants, "Patient Safety in Surgery" and "The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Quality of Care." Dr. Campbell also sits on the executive committee of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
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 services division and the Michigan Health Corporation, the legal entity that allows UMHS to enter partnerships. Prior to arriving at UMHS in November 2011, Paul was the chief financial officer and vice president of finance at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian Shadyside, the flagship hospital of the health system associated with the University of Pittsburgh. Before taking his role at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Paul held top financial positions in the UPMC community physician group, UPMC Corporate Services, and UPMC McKeesport Hospital. In the early 1990s, he was vice president of finance at St. Vincent Health System in Erie, Penn., which he joined after more than a decade with the Arthur Andersen & Company accounting firm. Paul’s expertise includes implementing changes in health information systems, negotiating major contracts, assisting in physician recruitment and retention efforts, and developing financial analysis tools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University.
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 Committee.
Mr. Hohner leads BCBSM’s Health Care Value division including provider relations, provider contracting, wellness & care management, pharmacy, utilization management, enterprise revenue management, healthcare analytics, and the Medicare Advantage Stars program. From strategy thru execution, Mr. Hohner helps drive BCBSM’s corporate aspiration to be the leader in health care quality and lower medical costs.
Mr. Hohner serves on the following:
• Member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Inter-Plan Programs Sub-Committee.
• Board member of Blue Health Intelligence (BHI) – a company that operates one of the largest health care data warehouses in the United States and provides strategic solutions to Blue Cross Blue Shield plans nationally.
• Board member of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) - a non-profit partnership between the University of Michigan and BCBSM to promote evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to health care.
Prior to joining BCBSM, Mr. Hohner was a partner with Ernst & Young where he worked with healthcare companies across the United States
Mr. Hohner earned his master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan Technological University.
Interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dr. Johns is the University of Michigan’s interim executive vice president for Medical Affairs.
From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Johns served as Emory University's fifth chancellor. From1996 to 2007, he led Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, which includes Emory Healthcare, the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, and the Yerkes Primate Center. Prior to his roles at Emory, Dr. Johns was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and vice president of the Johns Hopkins medical faculty .
Dr. Johns currently is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers, and the Association of Academic Health Centers, among others. He also serves on various private-sector and philanthropic boards, including Johnson & Johnson, the Genuine Parts Company and the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense as a member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Board of Regents.
In 1969, Dr. Johns graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School. He remained at Michigan for his internship and residency. He joined the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and was assistant chief of the Otolaryngology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1975-1977.
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 wellness, behavioral health, pharmacy, medical informatics, corporate credentialing, risk management, and provider enrollment.
He has been a member of the Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium for 10 years and a member of the Michigan Cancer Consortium for three years. In 2006 he was appointed to the State of Michigan Certificate of Need Commission and was selected as chairperson of the New Technology Assessment sub-committee in 2007.
Dr. Keshishian attended medical school at Wayne State University and completed his internal medicine residency at Detroit General/Receiving Hospital. He has been involved with managed care for over 25 years.
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 Strategy and Business Performance; Governmental Affairs & Public Policy; Office of National Health Reform; Office of the President and Social Mission. She also has executive responsibility for the company’s governance and prioritization process for strategic corporate initiatives and major projects. Recently Rossi successfully lead the effort to convert Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to a nonprofit mutual insurer and is leading the enterprise and board of directors through all aspects of this monumental governance change.
Rossi is President of the BCBSM Foundation Board, as well as a sitting member of the following boards: The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation; Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and The AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. She serves on the BCBSM President’s Operating Committee and the Executive Committee of that body, which is responsible for setting corporate direction and overseeing the performance of the business.
Rossi joined the Blues in 2007 after many years of state government public service.
Chief Executive Officer, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
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 2005 he was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, and in August 2006 he assumed the post on a permanent basis.
Strong came to the University of Michigan from the University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Associate Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Biological Sciences Division. Previously, he was Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the School of Medicine of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Associate Dean of Planning and Operations at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He also held several positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Strong holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences