SOLUTIONS CENTER LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Leah Binder is CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national organization representing employer purchasers demanding improvements in the safety of the nation’s hospitals. In 2009, she was named 28th on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. She currently sits on the National Quality Forum’s Serious Reportable Events Steering Committee, the National Priorities Partnership Board, the Critical Care Roundtable, and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Interactive Patient Care. Before joining Leapfrog, Ms. Binder served as vice president at an award-winning rural hospital network in Farmington, Maine, Franklin Community Health Network, and was a senior policy advisor for the Office of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Ms. Binder has a BA from Brandeis, and two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Leah Binder is CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national organization representing employer purchasers demanding improvements in the safety of the nation’s hospitals. In 2009, she was named 28th on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. She currently sits on the National Quality Forum’s Serious Reportable Events Steering Committee, the National Priorities Partnership Board, the Critical Care Roundtable, and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Interactive Patient Care. Before joining Leapfrog, Ms. Binder served as vice president at an award-winning rural hospital network in Farmington, Maine, Franklin Community Health Network, and was a senior policy advisor for the Office of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Ms. Binder has a BA from Brandeis, and two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Mary Bradley is the Director of Health Care Planning for Pitney Bowes, where she is responsible for the development of U.S. healthcare strategy including quality assessment of healthcare programs, management of healthcare suppliers, development and management of the healthcare budget, and the development and communication of plan offerings. Prior to this position, Mary was the Manager of Global Advanced Benefits Planning at Pitney Bowes. Mary is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Business Group on Health, a board member of the National Business Group on Health's Institute of Health and Productivity and serves on advisory boards for Cigna, NCQA, IFEBP and the National Business Coalition on Health's eValue8 product. Mary received the 2008 Employer Award for Value Based Purchasing from the National Business Coalition on Health, and a Solutions Superstar award in 2009 and 2010. Mary has a BA from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. (NEBGH Member) 


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Susan Dentzer is a Senior Health Policy Adviser for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), where she provides policy and communications strategy assistance to senior leaders of RWJF, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans. Ms. Dentzer is a renowned health policy expert, health policy analyst for the PBS NewsHour and former editor of the influential journal Health Affairs.


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Steven First is responsible for the strategic planning and design of Global Benefits for Pfizer. Steve leads Pfizer’s efforts to set the Company’s benefit philosophy and objectives, review benefit plan offerings, and develop solutions to manage health care and retirement benefits. Steve has over 20 years of employee benefits experience. He joined Pfizer through the acquisition of Wyeth. Prior to joining Wyeth, Steve was a Senior Consultant for Watson Wyatt where he worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop benefit program strategies and measure program performance. He has also held key roles at Innovative Solutions in Healthcare, Hewitt Associates, and Washington National Insurance Company. Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. (NEBGH Member)


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Michelle Martin is Director of Health and Welfare Benefits at CBS Corporation, where she is responsible for the strategy and design of benefit plans and health improvement programs. Ms. Martin is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist with a certification in Global Benefits Management. Active in the benefits community, she is a member of the New York State Health Accountability Foundation Advisory Council, Chair of the National Business Group on Health Pharmaceutical Council and member of the NCQAPurchasers Advisory Council. Ms. Martin taught a CEBS course at Hofstra University, which placed emphasis on key economic, accounting and financial concepts essential in the administration of employee benefit plans. Ms. Martin holds an MBA from Adelphi University. (NEBGH Member)

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Margaret E. O’Kane is President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Under her leadership since 1990, NCQA has developed broad support among the consumer, employer and health plan communities. In addition to her leadership of NCQA, Ms. O’Kane plays a key role in many efforts to improve healthcare quality. In 2009, she was awarded the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care. She also serves as co-chair of the National Priorities Partnership, a broad-based group working to bring transformative improvement to our healthcare system. Ms. O’Kane began her career in health care as a respiratory therapist and went on to earn a master’s degree in health administration and planning from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A., has been President and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation since its formation in 1996. A board-certified internist, Smith is a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending physician at the Positive Health Program for AIDS care at San Francisco General Hospital. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and serves on the board of the National Business Group on Health. Previously, Smith was executive vice president at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He previously served as associate director of AIDS services and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the Performance Measurement Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Smith received a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and medical doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Andrew Webber is CEO of Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC), where he is responsible for overseeing all organizational activities including MHMC's pioneering work in performance management and public reporting. MHMC is a statewide, not-for-profit, purchaser-led coalition with diverse stakeholders working collaboratively to improve health and maximize the value of healthcare services. Throughout this 35-year career, Mr. Webber has been a vocal advocate for advancing aim of better health and healthcare at a lower cost, most recently as President and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a national membership association of 53 employer-led health coalitions in states, regions and communities throughout the nation.