Mary Bacaj

About Mary Bacaj

VP of Strategy and Chief of Staff, Value-Based Care

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As Chief of Staff, Value-Based Care (VBC), Bacaj is responsible for setting VBC’s strategy, understanding changes occurring in the market and determining how those changes affect the transition to fee-for-value for Conifer Health’s clients. Bacaj provides oversight to Conifer VBC’s Product Management group and Consulting team. She is a subject matter expert in clinical integration, population health management, hospital and physician alliances, and health care reform strategy. She is also responsible for market messaging on VBC’s products and services. Prior to joining Conifer Health, Bacaj was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Co., where she worked with senior executives at health systems and health technology companies on strategic challenges, such as population health management, hospital and physician mergers and acquisitions, and risk-based contracting. Bacaj received a Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from Columbia University.

Prior to joining Conifer, Bacaj was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company where she worked with senior executives at health systems and health technology companies on strategic challenges, such as population health management, hospital and physician M&A, and risk-based contracting.

Mary received a Ph.D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from Columbia University.

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You may have already read about the concessions CMS has made to ease providers onto one of the two MACRA tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). However, when one looks at the complicated details of how MIPS will unfold, it can leave your head spinning.

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2018-11-13T15:49:19+00:00November 1st, 2017|

MACRA: Physicians’ Choice Puts Hospitals on the Hook Too

MACRA lays out two paths for adjusting providers' Medicare fee-for-service payments: MIPS and advanced APMs. Regardless of which track physicians choose to be reimbursed, hospitals and health systems have a vested interest in helping their clinicians succeed under MACRA - because hospitals are directly on the hook when it comes to the proposed rule.

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2018-11-13T15:59:12+00:00November 1st, 2017|