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Tom Koutsoumpas
Tom Koutsoumpas
President & CEO

Tom Koutsoumpas, President & CEO, National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation

As President and CEO of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), Tom oversees and advances the organization’s initiatives and strategic direction to drive the Partnership’s mission and achieve its vision that every American experiences exceptional care during the last stages of life that matches their goals, values, and preferences. Tom has dedicated his career to ensuring that private and public organizations are prepared to meet the ongoing opportunities and challenges related to providing high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective hospice, palliative, and advance illness care to the people they serve.  That focus led him early in his career to be instrumental in advancing the creation, development, and implementation of the Medicare hospice benefit.

His passion to improve care delivery also led him to become a co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).  C-TAC is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan alliance of patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers with the shared mission to help provide all Americans, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, with comprehensive, high quality, patient-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.

He has previously served as the head of Federal Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) for nearly a decade. His positions included Corporate Vice President and Senior Vice President. There, he led UHG Federal Government Affairs during the implementation of Medicare Part D, the expansion of the Medicare Advantage program, and health care reform. In addition, he developed and expanded the company’s communication initiative.

In addition, Tom held several public policy, political and communication roles, including Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant/Federal Affairs to former Indiana Governor (and later Senator) Evan Bayh, advisor on health policy matters with the Health Practice Group of the Hogan and Hartson law firm (now Hogan Lovells), and associate in public affairs for Burson Marsteller. Early in his career, Tom worked in the United States Senate for Indiana Senator Birch Bayh where he served in several staff and legislative positions.

Tom is a member of the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which convenes experts in the quality care for those with serious illnesses. Tom also serves as one of the leaders of the Project on Advanced Care at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. 

Tom is a co-author of  A Roadmap to Success: Transforming Advanced Illness Care in America and of the foreword to the publication, Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most (2012) by Gundersen Health System and the Center for Health Transformation.  A native of Indiana, Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, where he served as a member of the Board of Regents.

Carole Fisher

Carole Fisher
Chief Strategy Officer

Carole Fisher - Chief Strategy Officer, NPHI

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Carole Fisher brings her immense experience to provide strategic consult to NPHI. She is the former President
and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. In a fiercely competitive market, she positioned the organization as
southern Nevada’s hospice of choice and employer of preference. Under her guidance, the organization
acquired two hospice organizations and was recognized as a 100 Best Places to Work in the country for 8
years. Today, she serves as the organizations Principal Advisor for Strategic Initiatives.

Prior to her role at the hospice, Carole served as the Executive Director for Southwest Medical Associates
(SMA). As a superior chief administrator, she was responsible for overseeing eight medical clinics. In this
role, Carole was charged with improving quality, access, and coordination of care for seniors. Prior to
working in ambulatory care settings, she held C-Suite positions in mission driven and for profit behavioral
healthcare organizations.

In 2015, Carole attained her Master of Leadership Arts and Sciences from the Thayer Institute. Her
professional and community accomplishments have also been recognized through awards and honors
including: 2019 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award; 2019 Nevada Business Magazine’s Healthcare Heroes
Lifetime Achievement Award; 2018 Nevada Business Women to Watch; 2017 Women’s Hall of Fame Pioneer
Award by Women’s Chamber of Commerce; named one of Las Vegas' Top 100 Women of Influence 2015 and
2016 by My Vegas Magazine; Executive of the Year 2016 by Silver State Awards; the first American College
of Osteopathic Family Physicians Advocacy Award 2014; 2013 Non-Profit Healthcare Hero Award sponsored
by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Nevada Business Magazine; Modern Healthcare's National
Community Leadership Award – Finalist 2012; Nevada Business Magazine’s 2012 Most Respected CEOs;
Women Who Mean Business 2011; National Association of Women Business Owners Women of Distinction
Award-Professional Services (NAWBO) 2010; named one of 20 executives in Nevada Business Magazine’s
Executives Who Have Shown 20/20 Vision 2009; Women to Watch 2009; and Leadership Las Vegas 1996.
Carole currently serves as a board and adjunct faculty member of The Thayer Institute and a member of the
Women Business Leaders in Healthcare. She is a former board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of
America – a subsidiary of ElevatingHOME, MountainView Hospital - a subsidiary of HCA, HealthInsight,
UNLV Health Law Program Advisory Board, Nevada Hospital Association, National Partnership for Hospice
Innovation, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Governance and Public Policy Committees;
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Hospice Action Network; United Way of Southern
Nevada Women’s Leadership Council; and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation.


Carole enjoys spending time with her family and friends including her dog, cats, chickens, pet pigs, pygmy
goats and ducks.

Beth Kurta
Beth Kurta
Chief Operating Officer

Beth Kurta, Chief Operating Officer, National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation

Beth first discovered hospice as a volunteer in 1989 and has worked with members of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, a collaborative for over 70 not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers, since 2007. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, she oversees the day-to-day operations of NPHI including governance, new member recruitment, meeting oversight, financials, vendor engagement and member relations.  Beth is also responsible for the Organizational Excellence Initiative which allows her to work directly with member leadership through Forums, Workgroups and User Groups.  She also manages the member-only website and is responsible for the Annual Summit.

Beth brings a variety of experiences that have honed her organizational and operational skills.  A 1992 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Gerontology, she is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and certified Director of Activities.  Beth has spent her career as a servant leader, beginning with Hospice of Michigan, working at various senior care facilities in the Detroit area and serving as Executive Administrator for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee prior to joining NPHI.

A lifelong resident of metropolitan Detroit, Beth currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Grosse Pointe South Gridiron Club, is Past Commodore of the Grosse Pointe Sail Club, is an active member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, volunteers for YoungLife and is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.  Beth and her husband, Frank, have two teenaged sons.

Cameron Muir

Cameron Muir, M.D.
Chief Innovation Officer

Cameron Muir, Chief Innovation Officer, NPHI

Cameron Muir, M.D., FAAHPM, is the Chief Innovation Officer for the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation. In his role, he is responsible for the Innovation Lab and implementing emerging innovative models designed to care for people with advanced illness. He is also the Chief Innovation Officer for Capital Caring Health and the Chief Medical Officer for Hospice of the Piedmont.

Prior to his work with NPHI, Dr. Muir was Medical Director of the Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He served as the Director of the Palliative Care Program of the Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Muir is Board-Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Muir received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, completed his residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and earned fellowships in bioethics at the University of Chicago Medical Center and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Eddie Garcia
Senior Strategic Advisor

Eddie Garcia, Senior Strategic Advisor

Eddie provides strategic consult to the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, a collaborative for over 70 not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers.

As Partner at Healthsperien, Eddie offers clients thoughtful and expansive expertise in health and social policy development and advocacy for low-income and other vulnerable populations. Eddie’s 15+ years working in government health care programs has made him knowledgeable in a multitude of health and social policy issues.  He has led and been actively involved in numerous multi-stakeholder coalitions aimed at improving our nation’s health care delivery and financing systems. 

Eddie served as the Executive Director for Federal Affairs at CareSource, a government programs-focused health insurer. He oversaw the development of federal policy and advocacy across their multi-state health plans.  His portfolio included policy development and advocacy on Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Health Insurance Exchanges, dual-eligible coverage, and social determinants of health programs and financing.  Before joining CareSource, Eddie served as Director of Federal Relations for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association where he maintained a similar portfolio related to Administration advocacy and regulatory policy development.

Prior to joining the private sector, Eddie held positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches. From 2007 – 2012, Eddie worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where he oversaw the development and implementation of quality measurement across all CMS quality programs. From 2012-2015, Eddie served the House Energy and Commerce committee as a professional staff member overseeing their Medicare finance and quality portfolios.

Hailing from the great state of Ohio, Eddie received his B.A. in political science and comparative health politics from Boston University in 2004.  In 2008, Eddie received his Master of Health Science in Public Health degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and inducted into the Delta Omega honors society as the valedictorian of his graduating class.

 

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Altonia Garrett
Senior Advisor, Innovation and Health Equity

Altonia Garrett, MBA, MHA, RN

Altonia Garrett is the Senior Advisor, Innovation and Health Equity for the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation. In this role, Altonia provides vision, leadership, management, and strategic planning for equity, inclusion, diversity and cultural competency initiatives of the Partnership. In collaboration with the Innovation Lab, she ensures all initiatives are viewed through an equity lens and will help establish a gold-standard for providing excellent care that is inclusive and values all.  Altonia is also the Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Partnerships for Capital Caring Health (CCH) and also serves as the Executive Director for CCH’s Center for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. 

Prior to this role, Altonia worked closely with the Innovation Lab, under the Loaned Executive program, where she was the Project Lead on various initiatives. She currently continues these efforts. 

Altonia is a leader at the intersection of operations, strategy, and innovation to better serve seniors and all those living with advanced, serious illness. With over 20 years of experience, she has developed a specialized focus on marketing and strategic partnerships, government relations, and clinical and operational excellence for assisted living, skilled home care services, home infusion as well as inpatient and home hospice and palliative care services. 

Altonia has a passion for, and is dedicated to ensuring everyone has equal access to care. 

Altonia has served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Hospice and Palliative Care and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland and chairs the Diversity Council for the network. She is also serves on the Community Service Board for Prince William County, VA and is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. 

Originally from Virginia, Altonia earned a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Care Administration from James Madison University, a nursing degree from Marymount University, and an MBA and MHA from the University of Maryland University College.  

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Tzvetomir Gradevski
Policy & Innovations Director

Tzvetomir Gradevski, Policy Director, NPHI

In his role with the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, Tzvetomir provides legislative analysis and research to advance the priorities of the Partnership. This includes monitoring policy developments and how they relate to hospice and palliative care, preparing policy briefs, and providing background research. In addition, Tzvetomir works to support NPHI’s quality measure initiatives to bridge legislative and strategic initiatives with data-driven quality measures.

As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Tzvetomir focused on healthcare policy and built a firm foundation through coursework on the public policy process, comparative coursework on foreign healthcare systems, and comparative coursework on the welfare states of other countries. He also took graduate coursework in bioethics and achieving evidence-based health policy. His main research project focused on the social determinants of health, how they are discussed in other countries, and the impact of discourse on policy.

Tzvetomir has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania along with a minor in Bioethics to supplement his focus on healthcare policy.

Andrew MacPherson
Andrew MacPherson
Senior Policy Advisor

Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Adviser, National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI)

As Senior Policy Adviser to the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, Andrew works to advance the organization’s strategic and policy initiatives by providing timely political and policy analysis, engagement with stakeholder organizations, and advocates on behalf of the Partnership and its members with the Congress.

Prior to his work with NPHI, Andrew was Founder and Principal of MacPherson Strategic, Inc., a health care policy, legislative strategy, and communications consulting firm.  MacPherson Strategic served a diverse set of health care stakeholder clients, including consumer groups, broad-based coalitions, innovative health care start-ups, and the largest health care purchasers.

Prior to founding MacPherson Strategic, Andrew served as Director of Government Affairs at Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc. (JPS), a nationally recognized health policy consulting firm led by Chris Jennings, Former Senior Health Care Advisor to President Barack Obama and previously to President Bill Clinton.  From 2007-2013, Mr. MacPherson staffed a wide variety of client and pro bono initiatives in the policy, political, and communications arenas with JPS, Inc., such as the Bipartisan Policy Center health reform project with former Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle, Dole and Mitchell, presidential campaigns including Obama for America and Hillary Clinton for President, and the Clinton Global Initiative. While at JPS, Andrew researched and co-authored numerous articles and speeches on a range of health policy issues.

From 2005 to 2007, Andrew served in the Government Relations Department with the American Psychiatric Association (APA). At the APA, Andrew developed national policy positions, conducted in-depth research on physician access and reimbursement, and engaged on all aspects of targeted lobbying activities including those related to implementation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit, physician reimbursement under Medicare and mental health “parity” legislation.

From 2001 to 2004, Andrew worked for a range of policy and political organizations and elected officials, including Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Democratic Governors’ Association, Vermont Democratic Party, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, Inc., a market research and strategic communications consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the National POLST Paradigm Leadership Council. He regularly speaks to national audiences on a variety of health policy and political issues, and particularly those related to advanced illness and end-of-life care.

Originally from Vermont, Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University in May 2005.

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Ethan McChesney
Policy and Innovation Associate

Ethan McChesney, Policy and Innovation Associate, NPHI

As a Policy and Innovation Associate with the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), Ethan is responsible for supporting a wide range of strategic activities including, monitoring policy developments, preparing policy updates, and providing background research to advance the priorities of the Partnership. Ethan’s primary focus is on the work of the NPHI Innovation Lab, where he provides policy and project management support.

Prior to joining NPHI and Healthsperien, Ethan held multiple public policy-focused internships, namely, with the National Coalition on Health Care (now a Healthsperien strategic partner), where he was involved in communications, message development, and policy analysis efforts. He also spent time with Wynne Health Group, one of the preeminent healthcare policy consulting firms, where he assisted in servicing their diverse set of clients. Additionally, Ethan has prior experience in the congressional office of the senior Senator from Colorado, Michael Bennet.

Ethan graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minors in Sociology and Psychology.

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Mike Milward
Strategic Advisor

Mike Milward, Strategic Advisor, NPHI

 

Ray Quintero
Ray Quintero
Senior Strategic Advisor

Ray Quintero, Senior Strategic Advisor, National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation

Ray provides strategic consult to the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, a collaborative for over 70 not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers. In this role, he provides strategic guidance, internal and external messaging, policy analysis, and advises stakeholder outreach for NPHI. More broadly, Ray is engaged in overall health system delivery transformation. 

Ray’s over a decade of experience in health policy strategy has made him knowledgeable in the diverse issues impacting hospice care. He has led and been actively involved in numerous multi-stakeholder coalitions aimed at improving our nation’s health care delivery and financing systems.

Ray served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the American Osteopathic Association. His government relations background also includes positions at Merck Pharmaceuticals, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). As well, Ray provided grassroots and public affairs counsel to a range of health care clients while serving as Vice President of Strategic Alliances at SevenTwenty Strategies. Ray began his career in health care government relations as a policy advisor in the Health and Life Sciences practice of B&D Consulting. 

A native of Arizona, Ray received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona, where he served as Student Body President and on the Arizona Alumni Association Board.

Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers
Member Services Manager

Stephanie Rogers, Member Services Manager, NPHI

In her role as Member Services Manager with the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), Stephanie supports our members by maintaining membership data through Program and Forum rosters, collecting and disseminating member information and managing member portal access. 

Stephanie brings a variety of experiences that have refined her organizational and customer service skills. She worked in Retail Management and as a Call Center Manager before dedicating her time to raising two daughters, now college-aged. During those years, she sharpened her skill set by serving as treasurer and registration chair on various community-based committees including Trombly Elementary PTO, Grosse Pointe Park Mutant Swim Team, Grosse Pointe South Mothers’ Club, GPS Spring Benefit, among others. For three years, she also held the position of Registrar for Grosse Pointe Soccer Association. Stephanie has also run a successful small business since 2015.

Originally from Germany, Stephanie has lived on every continent but Australia. She enjoys reading, boating and spending time with her family. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Georgetown University.

Sarah Sharp

Sarah Sharp
Strategic Partnerships & Vendor Relations Manager

Sarah Sharp, Strategic Partnerships and Vendor Relations Manager, NPHI

Sarah serves as Strategic Partnerships and Vendor Relations Manager for the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation. In her role, she works to support and develop relationships with vendors to build NPHI’s Preferred Vendor Program to elevate the partnerships with vendors and benefits/services available for the members we serve. 

Sarah brings experience in NCQA & URAC Accreditation for health plans and MBHOs, strategic planning, large-scale program management, training & talent development, and marketing communications. She serves as a Managing Partner at HPS Consulting and strategic consultant to Wellopp, a clinically based software solution that targets people with unaddressed SDoH factors. Previously, Sarah was the Director of Training and Development at Meridian Health Plan, also serving MeridianRx, where she oversaw the development of staff training, member & provider materials, and website design & content for Medicare, Medicaid, and Exchange products as well as pharmacy benefit managers. Sarah has also collaborated with Fortune 500 companies and other organizations to support and guide their efforts in accelerating the performance of internal teams, business relationships, and products.

Sarah holds a B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in Economics, Spanish and Anthropology from Michigan State University.

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