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Episode 158: Slow and Steady, How Health Care is Progressing Toward Value Based Care. Lynn Carroll, HSBlox

December 20, 2021

Multi-stakeholder board comprised of health plans, providers, government regulators, industry vendors and standards organizations ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives on a leading HHS advisor’s governing body.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 20, 2021 — WEDI today announced the election of the new members to its 2022 Board of Directors along with the election of Officers and the re-election of previous board members to serve two-year terms. WEDI, the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in health care information exchange, is a statutory advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Our five new members of our board of directors bring diverse expertise and insight to the work of our organization and further WEDI’s mission of improving the exchange of health data,” said Charles W. Stellar, president and CEO of WEDI. “In welcoming the new additions, we also extend our appreciation to the outgoing Officers who have assisted WEDI during this challenging year. We are delighted that such a strong group of new board members have joined WEDI and look forward to having them advance the work of our organization through participation in our many committees and workgroups,” stated Stellar.

New 2022 Board Members:

  • Todd Eckard, Geisinger (Provider)
  • Anders Gilberg, Medical Group Management Association (Provider)
  • Rajesh Godavarthi, MCG Health (Vendor)
  • Cherie Holmes-Henry, NextGen Healthcare (Vendor)
  • Merri-Lee Stine, Aetna CVS (Health Plan)

Re-elected Board Members:

  • Durwin Day, HCSC (Health Plan)
  • Claire Hueholt-Krumnow, Anthem (Health Plan)
  • Michael Kottmer, WPS Health Solutions (Health Plan)
  • Sam Rubenstein, Montefiore Health System (Provider)
  • John Kelly, Edifecs (Vendor) 2022 Vice Chair of Programs and Services

Standing Board Members:

  • Nancy Spector, American Medical Association (Provider) 2022 Board Chair
  • Ed Hafner, Change Healthcare (Vendor) 2022 Board Chair Elect
  • Jay Eisenstock, JEConsulting (Vendor) 2022 Immediate Past Chair
  • Matthew Albright, Zelis Payments (Vendor) 2022 Vice Chair, Membership & Communications
  • Robert Bowman, CAQH CORE (Standards/Operating Rules) 2022 Vice Chair, Policy
  • Tom Meyers, America’s Health Insurance Plans (Health Plan) 2022 Vice Chair of Finance
  • Terrence Cunningham, American Hospital Association, (Provider)
  • Christine Gerhardt, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Government)
  • Pamela Grosze, PNC Bank (Vendor)
  • David Haugen, Minnesota Department of Health (Government)
  • Jack Hunt, Availity (Vendor)
  • Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, Health Level Seven (Standards/Operating Rules)
  • Steve Kansteiner, UnitedHealthcare (Health Plan)
  • Gail Kocher, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (Health Plan)
  • Thomas Mason, MD, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (Government)
  • Laura Morrison, Mayo Clinic (Provider)
  • Jean Narcisi, American Dental Association (Provider)
  • Tim Pletcher, MiHIN (Other Entity)
  • Cathy Shepard, X12 (Standards/Operating Rules)
  • Sandra Stuart, Kaiser Permanente (Other Entity)
  • Charles Stellar, WEDI (President & CEO)
  • Lee Ann Stember, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (Standards/Operating Rules)

About WEDI

WEDI is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve health care information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s health care system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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