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The Academy Advisors Announces New Leadership

07/27/2017

The Academy is delighted to announce new leadership to The Academy Advisors and the creation of the Health Policy Council. Jarrett Lewis has taken on the role of Executive Director and Medha Vyavahare has taken on the role of Director of Health Policy and Strategy. The Academy has also created a Health Policy Council, consisting of policy experts with diverse experience across the government and private sector. These individuals will work closely with The Academy Advisors team, serving as expert voices to help navigate through significant policy changes. They will also engage in various speaking opportunities at Academy meetings, as well as advise on internal policy publications and research. More information on The Academy Advisors team members and the Health Policy Council are listed below.

The Academy Advisors Team

JARRETT LEWIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jarrett Lewis is Executive Director of The Academy Advisors, where he manages all health policy related activities for Academy Advisor member health systems. Jarrett previously served as Research Director and Executive Director of Consumer Analytics for The Health Management Academy, where he worked closely with health systems to conduct extensive survey research in areas of business development, marketing, budgeting and health policy. Additionally, Jarrett oversaw a quarterly healthcare survey of 1,500 consumers, published by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

He previously served as an in-house strategist to the Romney for President Campaign from 2011-2012, where he provided in-depth analysis of internal survey research data to senior campaign officials, including over 400 surveys and 200 focus groups. He began his career at Public Opinion Strategies, providing survey research analysis to federal and state campaigns during the 2008 election cycle and then joined the Academy Advisors, as a strategist providing health policy analysis to Academy members.

Jarrett earned his B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University, where he was a member of the men’s varsity soccer team and a participant in the 2005 Men’s College Soccer Final Four. He is currently a second year MBA student at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

MEDHA VYAVAHARE, DIRECTOR, HEALTH POLICY & STRATEGY

Medha Vyavahare is the Director of Health Policy and Strategy at The Health Management Academy, responsible for liaising with The Academy Advisors and conducting research and analysis focused on regulatory and legislative policies affecting large health systems. In addition to educating relevant stakeholders about policy issues of strategic importance, she will work on The Academy’s Government Relations Officer Forum and maintain relationships with existing partners.

Medha holds a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, with a focus in Health Policy. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clemson University, earning a B.S. in Bioengineering and minor in Business Administration.

Before joining The Academy, Medha worked in a program management role with the Global Health Leadership Institute on Project Last Mile (PLM), a publicprivate partnership leveraging Coca-Cola’s logistics and distribution expertise to deliver medicines across Africa using strong leadership to transfer expertise across institutional boundaries.

BRYAN CLUTZ, PH.D., DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & SENIOR DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATIVE FORUMS

Bryan D. Clutz, Ph.D. is Director of Research and leads The Health Management Academy’s research agenda that studies and analyzes the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare. In addition, he serves as Senior Director of The Academy’s Administrative Forums.

Prior to joining The Academy, Bryan worked in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital. There, he was involved with the daily operations of several large-scale, federally funded clinical trials that focused on improving healthcare and developing sustainable models for identifying and treating urban children who suffer from childhood asthma.

In addition, Bryan was also previously on the faculty at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, where he was an adjunct professor in the School of Health and Human Services, leading graduate-level courses in child, adolescent, and adult psychopathology.

He has presented research at several nationally recognized meetings, conferences, and organizations such as Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and the Conference on Human Development.

Bryan received a BA in Psychology from Hartwick College and his MS and Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from the University of Rochester.

MELISSA STAHL, RESEARCH MANAGER

Melissa Stahl is the Research Manager for The Health Management Academy. As Research Manager, Mel works on The Academy’s major research projects studying the largest topics and trends in healthcare. Mel also conducts The Academy’s quick-hitting surveys and other research.

Since joining The Academy in 2015, Mel has been involved with numerous research initiatives covering a variety of strategic issues including technology integration, partnerships, and clinical and quality improvement, among others. Mel also leads an ongoing quarterly research project tracking health system strategies around themes such as consolidation, movement to value-based care, market share, physician alignment, and health policy, among other topics.

Prior to joining The Academy, Mel was a student at the University of Notre Dame where she also conducted research in biometrics. Mel received her B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Energy Studies from Notre Dame in 2014.

The Health Policy Council

NATHAN BAYS

Nathan Bays is a Managing Director for Cain Brothers, where he serves as a senior banker in the Firm’s Health Systems M&A Group. Prior to joining Cain Brothers, Nathan was General Counsel and Executive Director of The Health Management Academy. Before joining The Health Management Academy, he served as legal counsel to hospitals, health systems and corporate clients on regulatory and transactional matters. He also worked with health systems and other healthcare providers on issues ranging from Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance to capital markets financing and mergers & acquisitions. Nathan earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and graduated from East Tennessee State University, with a degree in Finance.

CHRISTOPHER CONDELUCI

Christopher E. Condeluci is principal and sole shareholder of CC Law & Policy PLLC in Washington, DC. Chris previously served as Tax and Benefits Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. During his time on the Finance Committee, Chris participated in the development of portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the health insurance exchanges, state insurance reforms, and the new taxes enacted under the law. He is one of the few senior Congressional staffers who actively participated in the health reform debate to join the private sector since the law’s enactment, and as a result, he possesses a unique level of expertise on matters relating to tax law, ERISA, and the ACA.

TIM GRONNIGER

Tim is a nonresident fellow with the Center for Health Policy in Brookings’ Economic Studies program. He is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Delivery System Reform at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he led the agency’s work on drug spending issues, significant elements of the agency’s implementation of the new physician payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, creation of new payment models, and other topics. He was previously a senior adviser for health care policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he was responsible for coordinating administration activities in health care delivery system reform. Tim holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University.

ALEFIYAH MESIWALA, M.D.

Alefiyah Mesiwala, M.D., MPH, most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor on the National Economic Council. In that capacity, she led on the President’s healthcare team, advising on delivery system reform, healthcare innovation, and the Affordable Care Act. Alefiyah was previously a medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and led the design and implementation of new payment reform models such as accountable care organizations and advised on delivery system reform priorities. She is a primary care physician with clinical training in General Medicine and Preventive Medicine and has a Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. She received her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Michigan.

TEVI TROY, PH.D.

Tevi Troy is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and a writer and consultant on healthcare and domestic policy. Dr. Troy previously served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Troy was the chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a budget of $716 billion and over 67,000 employees. Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in several highlevel positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and then Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. In the latter position, he ran the Domestic Policy Council and was the White House’s lead adviser on health care, labor, education, transportation, immigration, crime, veterans and welfare. Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.