Medical Directors – Value-Based Care with Specialists: Conversations during COVID-19

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About This Session


Russ Kuzel, MD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Company/Employment: SelectHealth

Bio: Dr. Kuzel has more than 30 years of healthcare and medical management experience. Most recently, he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at UCare, a nonprofit health plan in Minnesota. Previously, he held leadership positions at Security Health Plan, Aurora Medical Group, and Dakota Clinic/Innovis Health. Dr. Kuzel holds a Master of Medical Management degree from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. In addition, he received a Bush Medical Fellowship to complete Physician Leadership College at the University of St. Thomas.

Stephen Perkins, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Commercial and Medicare Services

Company/Employment: UPMC Health Plan

Bio: Dr. Perkins provides clinical leadership for all Commercial and Medicare Services, Medical Management, and Provider Network Development activities for the Health Plan. In addition, he oversees UPMC Health Plan Community Health Initiatives. Dr. Perkins provides clinical leadership for Commercial Products and WorkPartners suite of productivity products. Current areas of focus for the Health Plan include payment reform, development of alternative value based payment models, management of total cost of care and initiatives with UPMC as an integrated finance and delivery system. Dr. Perkins served as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Senior Medical Director for the Health Plan. In these previous positions he provided strategic clinical leadership for all the Health Plan's line of business products and served as Senior Medical Director for UPMC WorkPartners’ suite of workers' compensation, employee assistance, health promotion, and health management products. Before joining the Health Plan in 2010, Dr. Perkins served for 12 years as Corporate Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the largest Vermont-based health coverage carrier. His 30 years in the health care field also include 14 years as a family physician in South Charleston, W.Va.