Chronic Care Sustainablility Initiative

Chronic Care Sustainablility Initiative

PDF of Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative from the December 11, 2014 Conference
“The Business Case for Community Health Workers: Employers & the Affordable Care Act”
Presented by: Dr. Pano Yeracaris

Peter(“PANO”) M. Yeracaris, MD, MPH

Pano Yeracaris, MD, MPH is a highly effective physician executive with great breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in many key sectors of health care and public health. Still actively practicing as a family physician, Dr. Yeracaris is the chief consultant for SyncHealth, which is focused on sustainability in health care transformation. Individual health depends on family and community health. Supporting community development and knowledge concerning health drivers can assist families and individuals in reducing the incidence and morbidity of multiple chronic conditions and promote sustainability. Health care costs have reached a level where there is a strong business case for all types of insurance to support the deployment of well organized and focused interventions that expand primary care, improve individual health, and build community capacity.

Pano has over 30 years of medical practice and leadership experience and most recently served for nearly nine years as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Network Health, a Massachusetts based Managed Medicaid Organization. There he oversaw the entire Clinical Affairs Division and was the architect for its nationally recognized clinical programs including integrated care management and field based social care management and clinical community outreach teams. Based on achievements in the Clinical Affairs Division, Network Health was also ranked as the #3 Medicaid Health Plan by NCQA for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, and in the top ten for the four years since achieving and maintaining an excellent NCQA accreditation. He also played a substantive role in supporting the MA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Initiative for which he served on the Steering Committee and co-chaired the Shared Savings and Reporting Work Group. Care managers for the Network Health integrated care management team were also asked to establish the care management protocols for the initiative.

Prior to joining Network Health Pano served as the Chief Medical Officer of Health Services Partnership in Dorchester, MA and served as medical director for its two member health centers. There he oversaw implementation of electronic medical records and developed an expanded care management infrastructure. Pano also worked for 13 years as a physician leader at Health Care Plan in Buffalo, NY, a highly respected staff model HMO. Care delivery transformation was a strategic focus for the staff model organization. The population and individual health focus helped set the groundwork for principles guiding development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered Medical Homes. Other professional engagements include Assistant Clinical Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine; consultant for the Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China; and consultant for a USAID Managed Care Project in Zimbabwe, Africa, through the Harvard School of Public Health.

Since 2001, Pano has been a member of the Board of Directors at the New England College of Optometry, where he serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Clinical Systems Committee. He previously served on the Mass Health Drug Utilization Review Board.

Pano earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his family medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in family medicine and is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.

About Meredith

Leave a comment