HARTFORD — The state will now have a point person responsible for the massive overhaul of health reform since the 1960s.
Meet the Director of Healthcare Innovation: Mark Schaefer. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Dr. Schaefer will lead “the broad stakeholder effort under the Affordable Care Act to transform healthcare delivery and health for Connecticut’s residents within the next five years.”
Lt. Gov.Nancy Wyman announced the news on Monday, saying that Schaefer is expected to lead the project management office of the SIM from within the Office of the Healthcare Advocate, assuming day to day management of activities to implement the State Innovation Plan, published at www.healthreform.ct.gov.
State officials said the initiatives range from primary care practice transformation to workforce initiatives, community health improvement, consumer empowerment and the establishment and charge of four key task forces and councils.
The state will compete for funding of up to $45 million to implement some of the activities outlined in the Innovation Plan.
“I am confident that Dr. Schaefer has the expertise to lead the state forward on much needed transformation of our healthcare system. He has developed many of our most successful healthcare efforts during his career at the Department of Social Services, including the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership, the Integrated Care Initiative and health neighborhood shared savings model to improve care and reduce costs for Medicare/Medicaid eligibles, the Rewards to Quit program, the Person Centered Medical Home initiative and the selection of the Medicaid administrative services organization,” Wyman said.
Schaefer was nationally recognized as a Medicaid Director and selected for the Medicaid Leadership Institute. He recently designed and implemented the UConn Medicaid Partnership to improve Medicaid administration.
State Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri said, “I look forward to handing over the directorship of this critical initiative into his very capable hands and returning to my primary responsibilities as Healthcare Advocate. Mark has the drive and skills to make Connecticut a leading state in the SIM. I am proud to host him and the PMO within OHA.”