Chair – Tim Bartholow, MD
Dr. Tim Bartholow
Dr. Bartholow fosters collaborations between providers, payers/purchasers, and communities, seeking to tangibly improve healthcare coordination and affordability. He provides leadership to a variety of healthcare quality organizations including Wisconsin’s CMS contracted Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization contributor Metastar, Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN), WI Health Information Organization (WHIO), physician leadership training through Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA), the first non- actuary board member of the Concerned Acturaries of the US, and at the University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health for both the Community Advisory Committee of the Master of Public Health Progam, and advisor to the Population Health Institute (publishes County Health Rankings). He formerly served as board member of Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality (WCHQ), including leading WCHQ’s Measurement Advisory Committee. He advises the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program and has served on Governor appointed healthcare taskforces.
He has encouraged community health with board service to United Way of Dane County (board member and Vision Council chair) and Wisconsin Literacy.
He advises for Venture Investors and HealthX Ventures to bring innovative solutions to patients’ need for more coordinated health care.
Previously as Chief Medical Officer for WEA Trust and Health Tradition Health Plans, Dr. Bartholow worked for safe, affordable care, focusing on proper access, appropriateness, harm avoidance, engaging members to action, and value-based provider relationships. He assisted America’s Health Insurance Plans with Chief Medical Officer Committee projects.
Before joining WEA Trust in 2014, Dr. Bartholow served as the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Chief Medical Officer for five years, working on appropriateness of care, health disparities, unintended variation of episode costs, advance care planning, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation cardiology grant SMARTCare, and bilateral buyer-provider payment reform.
Prior to joining the Wisconsin Medical Society in 2008, Dr. Bartholow spent 16 years caring for patients and supporting/designing coordination programs at the Prairie Clinic in rural Sauk City, Wisconsin, where he was initially one of six and ultimately 12 physician owners. In the late 1990s, he served as medical director for a risk-bearing independent physician association with more than 400 primary-care providers and worked to strengthen relationships with the business community.
He completed family medicine residency at The University of Missouri–Columbia and medical school at Washington University–St. Louis, and he earned chemistry and biology degrees at Drake University.
Vice Chair – Christopher Elfner – Bellin Health
Vice President Clinically Integrated Network, Bellin Health
Christopher is the Vice President of Bellin Health’s Clinically Integrated Network. In this role, he is driving Bellin into a new payment model where Bellin is paid for achieving patient health and well-being outcomes rather than payments for services performed. This involves contracting in a different way with payers and employers and redesigning our delivery system to delivery with higher quality care with a better experience at a lower to cost to the patient. Christopher has been at Bellin for over six years.
Christopher is a founding member of the Brown County Population Health Collaborative Steering Committee and has been the lead on data analysis and support. He worked with DHS staff the other partners on pulling together data on the population commonly served. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of ASPIRO and has been on its Board since 2013.
Bellin Health Partners is an ACO taking financial risk for Medicare “assigned beneficiaries” which likely include individuals enrolled in Family Care and IRIS in Brown County.
Christopher is also a founding member of the Brown County Community Information System Advisory Board and Bellin is a data contributor to the CIS.
Prior to Bellin, Christopher spent 20 partnering with organizations in distilling data for information for creating knowledge and driving smarter actions. He has industry experience in Business Services, Distribution, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance and Manufacturing.
Secretary – Gabrielle Rude – Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
President and CEO, Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)
Bio coming soon.
Treasurer – Jennifer Mueller – Wisconsin Hospital Association
Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA
Vice President and Privacy Officer, Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center
Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA is the vice president and privacy officer at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center, located in Madison Wisconsin. Prior to starting in this role, Ms. Mueller was the vice president and chief information officer at Watertown Regional Medical Center in Watertown Wisconsin.
She is an active participant in a number of professional organizations on both the national and Wisconsin levels. Nationally, she is a member of, and holds Fellow certifications from both the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In Wisconsin, she is the Past-President (twice) of the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA), is active in the Wisconsin Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the HIPAA Collaborative of WI (HIPAACOW), and is on the board (Treasurer) of the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN). She completed a three-year term on the AHIMA board of directors in 2021 and is the incoming President/Chair-Elect 2022. She has also received numerous awards during her career including WHIMA’s Rising Star Award, Motivator Award and the Distinguished member award.
Ms. Mueller is a registered health information administrator and earned both her BS in Health Information Management and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Tommy Farrell – M3 Insurance
Tommy Farrell has almost 30 years of experience in the golfing, banking, and insurance industries. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1993 with a BA degree in Finance.
Tommy worked as a PGA Golf Professional at courses in Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona from 1993 to 1998. He then joined M&I Bank as a senior commercial lending credit analyst. He transitioned to the insurance industry in 2003 and worked as an account executive at TRICOR Insurance and Arthur J. Gallagher.
He is currently an employee benefits account executive at M3 Insurance in Madison, WI.
Mr. Farrell lives in Verona, WI with his wife Marnie. They have two sons, Jack (19) and Gavin (17).
Dana Richardson – Wisconsin Health Information Organization, Inc. (WHIO)
Dana Richardson, RN, BSN, MHA
Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO)
Dana Richardson is the Chief Executive Officer for the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO). In this capacity, she oversees Wisconsin’s largest information system to improve the performance and value of Wisconsin’s health care delivery system and the health of its citizens.
Prior to joining the WHIO, Ms. Richardson was the Director of PCPI Operations for the American Medical Association. In this role, she staffed the PCPI Board of Directors and oversaw planning, operations and member services for the program. Ms. Richardson lead the development of the National Quality Registry Network, a learning system for organizations that support national clinical registries.
From 2002-2010, Ms. Richardson was the Vice President of Quality Initiatives for the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). While at the WHA, she developed CheckPoint®, a voluntary public reporting program of hospital quality and led several multi-hospital collaborations to improve the quality of care provided by Wisconsin hospitals. Ms. Richardson has also worked for Dean Health Plan as the Manager of Corporate Reporting and Dean Medical Center where she developed a physician-led quality improvement program. Her clinical experience includes 13 years of hospital critical care nursing.
Ms. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Arts degree in business with a major in health service administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Jim Lorence – Wisconsin Medical Society
Melissa Henderson – Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative
Chief Operating Officer - Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative
Melissa Henderson was named as the Chief Operating Officer of Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative in 2019 after a successful nine-year stretch building, rebuilding and improving several operational areas at another health plan. She brings her talent for strategic execution plus a working knowledge of nearly every aspect of individual health insurance coverage to her role at CGHC, where she will oversee innovation and continual improvement in all CGHC operations. She puts operations at the heart of member satisfaction and financial performance for the cooperative, a continuation of her previous professional roles with Molina Healthcare and the State of Wisconsin where she helped improve health care access, health plan performance and accountability. Melissa serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Health Information Network (WISHIN) and earned her MBA from Lakeland College.
Doug Shew – Ascension Information Services
Senior IT Director, Ascension Information Services
Mr. Shew is currently the Senior IT Director with Ascension Information Services with responsibilities to strategically align IT Services and delivery for the north region of Ascension WI. Mr. Shew has over 24 years of healthcare experience, with the last 10 being at the executive and senior leadership levels.
Prior to our health ministry joining Ascension, he was the IT Vice President serving in executive leadership capacity for Affinity Health System. Mr. Shew’s career growth has come as an evolution with his first healthcare role at St. Joseph Hospital, Marshfield, WI as a network administrator before moving on to Affinity Health System and into leadership roles.
Accomplishments include the implementation of two large ambulatory EHR implementations, with the most recent being Athena Practice Management & Clinicals. Led Ministry Health Care’s implementation to share clinical data with WISHIN, the health information exchange of Wisconsin. Successful completion of the Leadership Oshkosh program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Mr. Shew has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
Dr. Mark Lodes – Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Mark Lodes
Dr. Lodes joined Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin in 2001 as an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics physician and Assistant Clinical Professor. He served as the Executive Director of Froedtert and The Medical College’s Primary Care Initiative (PCI) from 2003-2007, Chief Medical Officer of Clinical Ventures Group from 2008-2013, and President of F&MCW Community Physicians from 2013-2018. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and Medical Education at Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin. He provides medical direction the health system’s ACO and Clinically integrated Network. He is faculty with the Kern Institute and co-director of the MCW Health System Management and Policy Pathway.
He is a past recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award and has been annually recognized since 2003 in the Best Doctors in America publication.
Dr. Lodes is Board Certified in Adult (Internal) Medicine and in Pediatrics, and he sees patients at the Plank Road Clinic in Wauwatosa. Dr. Lodes grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin and now resides in Brookfield with his wife, Amy. He and his wife have three children: Patrick (21), Caroline (18) and Sam (13). On weekends, you may see him at a local sporting event or on the golf course.
Ted Osthelder – Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Ted leads the Wisconsin Medicaid Health Plan for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s second largest Medicaid Managed Care HMO, partnering with the state to serve the BadgerCare Plus and SSI populations.
For 14 years, Ted directed state government affairs in Wisconsin for Anthem, supporting the Commercial and Medicaid Health plans. In this role, Ted developed and maintained relationships, positioning Anthem as a thought leader with policymakers, regulators, and community stakeholders.
In that time, Ted helped launch the Alliance of Health Insurers, Wisconsin's largest health insurance trade association, serving as chair of the budget committee. He also represented Anthem, Inc. at the Health Care Reform Task Force of the National Association of Dental Plans from 2011 - 2013. For five years Ted has served on the Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company Board, a joint venture with Advocate/Aurora, as a member of the Executive and Audit committees.
Before joining Anthem, Ted served as an aide in the Wisconsin legislature. He went on to serve as the Director of External Relations for Governor Jim Doyle. There, he led efforts to secure support for the Governor's policy agenda. Previously, Ted worked as a congressional, gubernatorial, and mayoral campaign manager in Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico and California. In 2002, Ted was named a Rising Star by Campaign and Elections Magazine.
Ted received his BBA in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Madison with his wife, Jill, and two daughters. Ted likes to run, bike, and swim in his spare time.
Gubernatorial Appointee – Leon Lipp – Wisconsin Department of Health Services
DHS DCTS Office of Electronic Health Records Systems Management Director, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Leon Lipp is the Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services Office of Electronic Health Records Systems Management Director. Prior to this appointment, Leon served in the role of quality improvement director at the Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC). In this role, he has trained others in continuous quality improvement, developed measurement tools to ensure effectiveness of programming, and worked to facilitate utilization of data to maximize efficiency at the WRC.
Leon joined the WRC staff in 1992 as a psychiatric care technician. Over the next 24 years, he promoted to supervisory and management roles at the institution. He’s also served as the WRC information technology liaison and database manager. In these roles, he managed software applications; developing process solutions, and providing training to users of new technology. As project manager for electronic health record implementation and management at the WRC, he administered contracts to ensure vendor responsiveness, coordinated training, and developed management strategies to ensure optimum utilization of the electronic health records system at the WRC.
A graduate of UW-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, Leon served as a Russian linguist, analyst, and non-commissioned officer in the Army before entering state service. In supporting the Army, he programmed computers for his infantry division to analyze battlefield intelligence. Leon also has experience in the fields of business, computer science, and electronics. He is trained in Lean Six Sigma and project management.
Wisconsin State Health Officer Designee - Huong Nguyen-Hilfiger
The mission of the Office of Health Informatics is to provide timely, accurate information promoting better health and health care for the benefit of Wisconsin residents and businesses, and vital records to individual citizens and others seeking legal proof of these events.
The Chief Medical Officer for the Office is responsible for helping define the use of clinical data to promote the improvement of public health in Wisconsin. The OHI CMO works in conjunction with the other CMOs in the Division of Public Health to focus analytics and data needs from a clinical perspective.
The Office of Health Informatics is organized into the following sections:
- State Registrar/Vital Records Section
- Health Analytics Section
- PHIN Coordinator / Informatics Architecture Section
Wisconsin Medicaid Director Designee – Krista Willing
Assistant Administrator of System, Fiscal, and Operations, Division of Medicaid Services
Krista Willing is the Assistant Administrator of System, Fiscal, and Operations for the Division of Medicaid Services within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS.) She joined DHS in 2010 and previously served as the Section Chief of Hospital and HMO Rate Setting as well as the Deputy Director and Director of the Bureau of Fiscal Management. She oversees both the Wisconsin Medicaid benefit and administrative budgets and contracts. Additionally, she oversees rate setting for hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care organizations; the Estate Recovery Program, the Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program, and the operations of the Medicaid Management Information System and Eligibility and Enrollment System. Prior to joining DHS, Krista was the Executive Budget and Policy Analyst for Medicaid in the Wisconsin State Budget Office. She also served as a legislative aide to the Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader from 2006-2008. She has a Master’s Degree from the La Follette School of Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.