Barbara Gage, Ph.D., Center’s Director of Scientific Research and Evaluation. Dr. Gage is one of the foremost leaders in PAC payment and quality research. She has directed much of CMS’ PAC payment policy and quality measurement work over the last 20 years, leading such initiatives as the development of the BPCI analytic files, the development of PAC episode approaches, the national PAC Payment Reform Demonstration and much of CMS’ work distinguishing resources and outcomes across the PAC systems. Dr. Gage is a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and has a Research Faculty appointment at the University of Southern California.

Kelsey Mellard, M.P.A., Center’s Executive Director. Ms. Mellard provides leadership for the Center’s operations and growth. Ms. Mellard has a wide range of experience from her time at UnitedHealth Group, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, and the Advisory Board Company. Most recently, she spent two years at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Ms. Mellard currently serves as adjunct faculty at Winona State University and as Vice President of Partnership Marketing and Policy at naviHealth.

Asmaa Albaroudi, Intern, is currently pursuing her Masters in Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She will be completing her studies spring 2015, and would like to work in the health policy arena. Being exposed to health conditions domestically and internationally, through volunteer work, Ms. Albaroudi hopes to be a contributor in our health system’s improvements. Additionally, some of her work in the past included utilizing social media platforms to promote maternity health, and to assess effectiveness of each unique platform in reaching target audience. At PACCR, she is focusing on post-acute care policy and research, and examining the future of PAC reform.

Advisory Board

PACCR is governed by a four member advisory board, including:

Marilyn Moon

Marilyn Moon, Senior Fellow of the American Institutes for Research

Marilyn Moon is an American Institute for Research Fellow and director of AIR’s Center on Aging. Dr. Moon is a nationally-known economist and expert on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues, and health care financing, Dr. Moon has also served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. She has written extensively on health policy, reform issues in Medicare health financing, and other social insurance issues. Dr. Moon’s earlier work focused on health care financing and public policy issues with a particular emphasis on Medicare costs and its impact on access to care. From 2008 through 2012, she chaired the Maryland Health Care Commission. She has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations, including the Medicare Rights Center and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Clay Richards

Clay Richards, President and CEO of naviHealth

Clay Richards is the President and Chief Executive Officer of naviHealth. Prior to joining naviHealth, Mr. Richards served in several leadership roles at Healthways, Inc., the leading provider of disease management and wellness services, including Senior Vice President of the Health Plan Market and General Counsel. Prior to joining Healthways, Mr. Richards practiced law at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, where he focused on corporate, securities and M&A matters. Mr. Richards is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, and earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi.

Thomas Scully

Thomas Scully, Senior Counsel at Alston and Bird; General Partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson, & Stowe

Thomas Scully, Senior Counsel at Alston and Bird, focuses his practice on health care regulatory and legislative matters. He is also a general partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm in New York. Mr. Scully was the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), from 2001 to 2004. CMS administers Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and is the largest agency in the U.S. Government, spending more than $1 trillion for fiscal year 2012. At CMS, Mr. Scully had an instrumental role in designing and passing Medicare reform and Medicare Part D legislation and in making the vast agency more open and accountable to the public. He initiated the first public reporting and disclosure for comparative quality among hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis centers. Before joining CMS, Mr. Scully served as president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) from 1995 to 2001. The FAH represents 1700 privately owned hospitals. Mr. Scully was a partner in Washington, D.C., with Patton Boggs, LLP, 1993-95; deputy assistant to the president and counselor to the director of OMB, 1992-93; and an associate director of OMB, 1989-92. Previous experience included working on the Bush Presidential campaign; serving Akin Gump from 1985-1988; and with US Senator Slade Gorton (WA), 1980-1985.

David Storto

David Storto, President of Partners Continuing Care (“PCC”)

David Storto is the President of Partners Continuing Care (“PCC”) and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network (“SRN”) in Boston, Massachusettes. Under Mr. Storto’s leadership since 1998, PCC has grown into the fully integrated non-acute care services division of Partners HealthCare. Prior to joining Partners and Spaulding, Mr. Storto was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (“RIC”). Mr. Storto served in numerous capacities during his 18 year tenure at RIC, including social worker, Director of Admissions and Marketing, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Planning. During this time, he became an expert in operational management, program development, governance and strategic planning in rehabilitation facilities.