Staff and Consultants

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Management Team

John Freedman, MD, MBA, President, has 25 years' experience in performance measurement & improvement, health IT, care delivery, and health care reform. Before founding Freedman HealthCare in 2006, he held leadership roles at multiple innovative health care firms. Dr. Freedman served as the Medical Director for Quality at Kaiser Permanente in Colorado, and as Medical Director for Specialty Services at one of the Northeast's largest community health centers, overseeing 50 staff in 16 specialties. While at Tufts Health Plan, he helped them climb to a #2 national NCQA quality ranking. He has also served on the boards of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Network Health (a 300,000 member Medicaid health plan), and the Massachusetts Fishing Partnership (which improves health in the fishing community). Dr. Freedman graduated Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the University of Louisville School of Business. Freedman HealthCare is a leading consulting firm in health care reform, health policy analysis and development, and it has been engaged in many states to create all-payer claims databases, implement health insurance exchanges, and support health care transformation.

 

Linda Green, MPA, Vice President - Programs at Freedman Healthcare, has 30 years of experience in state and local government addressing complex public policy questions, including those related to effective health care services and contracting.  Ms. Green’s recent projects include strategic planning support in state health care reform and long term care re-engineering. As the former Director of Health Data Analytics for the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Ms. Green oversaw the APCD and hospital discharge data sets, including, regulatory process; data release policies; data intake, editing and verification procedures; harmonization with other states; measurement calculation; and website reporting implementation.  She successfully streamlined the agency's data release operation, and developed a similar process for the Health Care Quality and Cost Council. Her prior experience as Director of the Managed Care Reimbursement Unit for Commonwealth's Office of Acute and Ambulatory Care involved taking the financial lead for a $1.7B managed care program.

 

Adam Green, MA, Chief Technical Officer, has over 30 years of experience in software development and database management. Mr. Green has held multiple executive roles in the software industry, including CEO, CTO, and CIO. Through all of these positions, he has found innovative ways to apply leading edge database technology for desktop productivity tools, data driven websites, application programmer interfaces, and SaaS applications. His principal focus at Freedman HealthCare is migrating our analytical infrastructure to the cloud to take advantage of big data technologies.
The healthcare industry is quickly moving to cloud-based systems, and legislation is gearing up to require the adoption. This migration to the cloud allows the analysis of vast amounts of data and cross-referencing numerous sources in ways that reveal new cost savings and paths to more effective care. Some of Mr. Green's career achievements include writing the first book on the dBASE programming language, teaching database programming to thousands of business people and programmers, and developing the Andover.net web network, which went public in 1999 and was acquired in 2000. Mr. Green holds a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stoney Brook and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

 

Consultants 

Tanya Bernstein, MPH, is a seasoned project manager with decades' worth of experience overseeing the day-to-day operations of clinical, business, and health services projects. As Senior Consultant at Freedman HealthCare, Ms. Bernstein works with a wide-range of clients to help them develop effective strategies and operation models, and then implement those changes quickly and efficiently. Current and past engagements have included project management and strategic planning for five state-specific All Payer Claims Database (APCD) efforts, planning and leading ACA-related transformation projects, and helping clients identify and successfully procure funding sources. Prior to joining Freedman, Ms. Bernstein was a senior research administrator at Boston Children’s Hospital and worked as a research associate and project manager for the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. Ms. Bernstein received a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Management and Policy, from the Tufts University School of Medicine.

 

Amy Lischko, PhD, is Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, where her research is focused on using claims databases to assess overutilization of health care services and the effects of cost sharing on consumers’ use of health services. Dr. Lischko is a leading expert on health insurance exchanges, and has published articles and spoken at national venues to share her knowledge. As Commissioner of MA Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Dr. Lischko led the development of the MA health care reform bill, including strategic planning and analysis. She has 20+ years of experience conducting applied health services and policy research using quantitative and qualitative approaches.  Dr. Lischko consults with a number of states around health care reform implementation, specifically, using state-level data and analysis to guide policy decisions.

 

Laura Peterson, BSN, SM, is a registered nurse with over 20 years experience in health care quality measurement and improvement, and project management and direction. Her clinical experience includes adult oncology and home and hospice care. She taught quality measurement as a Visiting Lecturer in the Center for Quality of Care Research and Education, Harvard School of Public Health for 5 years. She has served as Improvement Advisor or Director for many Learning Collaboratives and Networks, including Medical Home for Children with Special Health Care Needs, ImproveCareNow (for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease) and improving care for children with Otitis Media with Effusion. Ms. Peterson was also the measurement consultant for the first nationwide Learning Collaborative for homecare agencies, focusing on quality improvement for older persons with diabetes. Since 2004, Ms. Peterson has been the Lead Faculty for the CHAMP (Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice) Program. Ms. Peterson is a graduate of the School of Nursing, University of Michigan and holds a Master’s degree from the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Project Managers, Associates, and Analysts

Alyssa Harrington, MPH, Consultant, has a breadth of experience managing data and conducting statistical analyses in a variety of public health and health care settings. As a Consultant at FHC, Ms. Harrington has been analyzing a range of data sources from state health organizations and providers to meet health reform project efforts. Prior to FHC, she served as Program Coordinator and Data Quality Specialist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), where she managed the data systems for several government funded public health programs. Her tasks included managing data security and confidentiality, building and managing databases, projecting and monitoring program targets, and creating data reporting methods. Prior to joining BMC, Ms. Harrington worked at the Tufts University Department of Health Education as a Field Project and Research Consultant where she developed surveys to examine student attitudes and behaviors around sexual violence and sexual violence prevention, analyzed the results, and developed strategies for mobilizing the student community around these issues. She holds a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Communication, from Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.

 

Cathy Cuddy, MPH, Project Manager, is an experienced writer, researcher, and health policy analyst who enjoys working on innovative projects that improve access to health care and promote health equity. Ms. Cuddy is experienced in conveying complex health care improvement topics to diverse audiences, and her work ranges from engaging with business groups to increase uptake in Value-Based Insurance Design to supporting the development of a continuing medical education course to help clinicians deliver appropriate care to patients experiencing low back pain for a state APCD project. Ms. Cuddy also manages a project for the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) in developing a methodology for categorizing and transitioning current Massachusetts APCD utilization measures to HEDIS specifications. Prior to joining FHC, Ms. Cuddy worked for Health Resources in Action performing qualitative research for the State of Iowa on community water fluoridation (CWF) and assisted in the development of communication materials to promote CWF among health care providers. Before moving to Boston to obtain her MPH, Ms. Cuddy worked as Executive Coordinator on K Street in Washington, DC for a veterans’ advocacy organization assisting veteran advocates in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. Ms. Cuddy is adept at synthesizing, translating and communicating complex health regulations and legislation into reports and presentations. She has a strong background in editorial management and website content management and development, having worked in communications for several non-profits in the DC area. Ms. Cuddy holds a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights from Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University.

 

Rik Ganguly, MPH, Health Data Analyst, is an experienced analyst who comes from a comprehensive background in research. In his capacity as a Health Data Analyst, Mr. Ganguly has provided FHC’s clients with meaningful, accurate, and timely analysis of health data, including data on quality metrics and healthcare utilization. Before joining FHC, Mr. Ganguly worked as a research associate at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, where he managed clinical trials for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, performed statistical analysis on numerous observational studies, introduced quality improvement initiatives to reduce the occurrence of repeated MRI scans, maintained a large database of MS patients, led efforts to create a research website that connected with industry, patients, and healthcare professionals, and presented at conferences such as the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). In addition, Mr. Ganguly served as a Statistical Analyst for the Boston University Center for Global Health and Development, where he evaluated the efficacy of text message reminders in improving on-time Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) dosing for a drug adherence study on HIV patients in China. He holds a Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Epidemiology, from the Boston University School of Public Health, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Marlboro College, with concentrations in Mathematics and Biology.

 

Jessie Hole, MPA, Project Manager/Analyst, provides oversight and expertise to healthcare reform projects and policy initiatives. Currently, Ms. Hole is facilitating reporting and evaluation efforts for the State of Rhode Island's health benefits exchange, HealthSource RI, where she is conducting gap analyses and developing new public and private assessment measures and reports. Prior to that project, Ms. Hole worked with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to update regulations and data submission instructions for the New Hampshire Comprehensive Health Information System. Before joining Freedman HealthCare, Ms. Hole was a Graduate Associate at Sachs Policy Group, where she supported clients on healthcare policy and strategic planning, and managed finance and information technology projects for a client's labor-management funds. Preceding this, Ms. Hole was a Development Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the country’s largest community development investment intermediary. Ms. Hole completed an NYU Advanced Project in Healthcare Policy and Management and holds an MPA in Public Policy from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. During her graduate studies, Ms. Hole was also a Teacher’s Assistant in Public Policy and Intern for the Northeast Business Group on Health’s quality initiatives. Ms. Hole is a graduate of Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

 

Gabriella Lockhart, MPH, Project Manager/Writer, provides project oversight and content development support to Freedman HealthCare and its clients. Her work at Freedman has included managing two statewide cost trends studies, helping states explore options for developing or expanding a state-run All-Payer Claims Database (APCD), and coordinating the dental program at a non-profit health plan. She leverages her experience in public health research to design and lead stakeholder engagement activities and other qualitative methods that help clients understand complex issues and develop viable strategies. Ms. Lockhart is also a skilled writer and produces white papers, issue briefs, program reports, and grant proposals for Freedman clients on a wide range of health care topics. She joined Freedman in 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), where she helped coordinate a national water and sanitation project in Haiti in partnership with the Haitian government. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development from Covenant College and a Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

 

Latha Rao, MBA, MPH, MS, Project Manager, provides expertise to specialized healthcare delivery projects and policy initiatives. As a former practicing physical therapist and clinical manager, Ms. Rao has worked in healthcare delivery and management for over 20 years. A highly organized thinker, problem solver and relationship builder, she has proven success working effectively with physician leaders, senior executives, and researchers to achieve strategic objectives. Ms. Rao has provided program evaluation and project management services for the Virtual Visit Project at Massachusetts General Hospital, Beacon Hill. Ms. Rao's most recent experience is working with multiple stakeholders as the project manager coordinating the development of the Massachusetts Risk Adjustment Methodology for the Massachusetts Health Connector. She has graduate degrees in public health and health services research from the University of Michigan.

 

Joshua Cambria, MPA,

Health Data Analyst, comes from a background in economic and policy analysis. Prior to working with FHC, Mr. Cambria was a policy analyst with the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) working with Rhode Island’s Department of Labor and Training (DLT) to conduct a rigorous impact analysis of the state’s public Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance programs. He was responsible for linking, cleaning, and analyzing Rhode Island state data to ultimately produce a formal proposal to DLT, and to the governor of Rhode Island, to reduce costs and maximize the benefits of public disability insurance specifically for low-income, pregnant women. Mr. Cambria was also a program coordinator at Providence College, where he designed and implemented new data maintenance protocols and modernized all budgetary procedures. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Brown University with a concentration in Data Science and Economics.

 

 

Elizabeth Ellis,

Senior Technical Consultant, is an accomplished and high performing leader with extensive expertise in the application of analytics, business intelligence, data mining, health insurance exchanges, and healthcare statistics. While at FHC, Ms. Ellis has used her vast technical experience to advise states and non-profits on leveraging new technologies to manage and integrate larger and more complex healthcare data sets. As the healthcare industry continues to emphasize value-based care, better quality, and improved population health, big data analytics capability is critical to FHC’s success. Before joining FHC, Ms. Ellis’s professional focus included work with both state and federal health insurance exchanges, supporting large and often complex projects with great success in identifying key work streams, establishing teams, developing project plans, communicating key milestones and deliverables, and reporting progress toward goals. Ms. Ellis takes great pride in her experience leading projects with the Massachusetts Health Connector and the State of Rhode Island EOHHS and in her work developing and deploying key real-time web analytics for use in the healthcare.gov command center in Columbia, Maryland during the 2013 Obamacare Tech Surge. In addition to her technical experience, Ms. Ellis holds a BFA in painting from Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University. Her work has been shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Washington Project for the Arts, and resides in the permanent collection of Arnold & Porter Law Firm in Washington DC.

 

 

Vinayak Sinha, MPH,

Project Associate, is an astute and experienced analyst of healthcare policy and strategy with a keen interest in population health. While at FHC, Mr. Sinha has used his robust analytical experience in conjunction with his policy background to develop strategies that will inform key stakeholders on ways to ensure successful delivery of affordable and sustainable care. Mr. Sinha’s experience conducting research and analysis on the implications of state health systems and Medicare and Medicaid policies has provided FHC with unique insights into improving healthcare quality, access, and cost. Before joining FHC, Mr. Sinha served in the Finance department of Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc, where he analyzed payment policies, Medicare Innovation models, and alternative payment methods to inform risk contract and Medicare strategy management. More specifically, Mr. Sinha is proud of his work performing analytic functions to assess the inclusion of socio-economic status on the Medicare Readmissions Reduction Program. Similarly, Mr. Sinha worked to collect data and conduct analysis of rural retention of doctors while holding positions in the Planning and Management office at the World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka. While at the WHO, Mr. Sinha used his analysis to develop policy framework to institutionalize a national program to appropriately distribute resources in the country and create assessment tools to strengthen resources. Mr. Sinha holds a Master of Public Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, focusing his studies on Health Policy and Management, and a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University.

 

Operations Staff

Joanne Halpern, Director of Finance and Administration, is responsible for Freedman HealthCare's accounting and bookkeeping functions, including payroll and benefits management. She contributes to all of Freedman HealthCare’s ongoing activities by preparing invoices, managing accounts payable and receivable, coordinating IT support, conducting cost analyses, and tracking project budgets. Joanne has been an accounting professional for over 20 years, with extensive experience in developing budgets, forecasting and planning, preparing financial reports and conducting variance analysis. She has a strong history of improving financial efficiency and cost savings for the companies with whom she partners. Prior to joining the Freedman HealthCare team, Joanne's career highlights included serving as the business manager for an architectural firm and a private school. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston School of Management.

 

Emma Rourke,

Administrative/ Social Media Assistant, provides administrative and project support to the Freedman HealthCare team and manages the social media platforms, including its Twitter page, Facebook page, and website. Ms. Rourke applies her excellent writing and communication skills, as well as her prior experience working with Massachusetts-based health care providers, to assist the FHC staff in its ongoing operations and to ensure that client projects run smoothly. Additionally, she is instrumental in shaping and implementing FHC’s social media strategy and draws from her experience serving on the communications team for several successful political campaigns, and leading the creation of effective Twitter hashtags and constituent communication. Ms. Rourke is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Politics.

 

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