Plank Mentors

Plank Mentors are individuals who have excelled at implementing a given campaign plank within their organization. Plank Mentors are available to fellow campaign participants to answer questions, offer expertise, and share lessons learned in a one-on-one setting.

Empower Patients

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Build an Accountable Diabetes Team

Rae Ann Williams, M.D., FACP

Rae Ann Williams, M.D., FACP

HealthPartners Care Group

Regional Medical Director, Primary Care

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Integrate Emotional & Behavioral Support

Mark R. Greenwood, M.D.

Mark R. Greenwood, M.D.

Intermountain Medical Group

Family Medicine Medical Director

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Refer to Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Programs

Valerie Spier, M.P.H., RDE, CDE

Valerie Spier, M.P.H., RD, CDE

Sutter Health

Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant

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Improve Care Delivery

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Conduct Practice-Based Screening

Frank Colangelo, M.D., M.S.-HQS, FACP

Frank Colangelo, M.D., M.S.-HQS, FACP

Premier Medical Associates. P.C.

Chief Quality Officer

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Adopt Treatment Algorithm

Carrie Koenig, M.D.

Carrie Koenig, M.D.

Mercy

Medical Chair of the Quality Department, Medical Director of Care Management

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Measure HbA1c Every 3-6 Months

Janet Appel, RN, M.S.N.

Janet Appel, RN, M.S.N.

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Director of Population Health and Informatics

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Assess and Address Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Liana Spano-Brennan, D.O., FACC

Liana Spano-Brennan, D.O., FACC

Summit Medical Group, P.A.

Cardiologist

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Contact Patients Not at Goal & with Therapy Change within 30 Days

Brian Jameson, D.O.

Brian Jameson, D.O.

Geisinger

Chair, Endocrinology

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Leverage Information Technology

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Use a Patient Registry

Brian Shablin, M.D., M.S.

Brian Shablin, M.D., M.S.

Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Quality Liaison-Internal Medicine, Practice Lead-LVPG W. Broad

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Embed Point-of-Care Tools

Scott Hines, M.D.

Scott Hines, M.D.

Crystal Run Healthcare

Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director

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Publish Transparent Internal Reports

Stephen Combs, M.D., CPE, FACFE, FAAP

Stephen Combs, M.D., CPE, FACFE, FAAP

Ballad Health

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ballad Medical Services

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PARTICIPATING GROUPS

PARTICIPATING GROUPS

Rae Ann Williams, M.D., FACP

Dr. Williams began her clinical practice with HealthPartners (then Group Health) in 1991 and has had leadership responsibilities within HealthPartners since 1998. In her current role, Rae Ann is primarily responsible for the health and patient experience outcomes of the 11 clinics in her region.

Mark R. Greenwood, M.D.

Dr. Greenwood has been with Intermountain Medical Group since 2003. He has led improvement efforts around population health, chronic disease management, and most especially healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.

Valerie Spier, M.P.H., RD, CDE

Valerie Spier has 17 years of direct patient care experience as a diabetes educator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In 2017, she joined the Sutter Health Quality and Clinical Effectiveness Team (1/2 time) as a consultant which includes the role of SHIDEN quality coordinator (AADE accredited DSMES services).

Frank Colangelo, M.D., M.S.-HQS, FACP

Dr. Colangelo practices as an internist and has served as Chief Quality Officer of Premier Medical Associates since 2008. He has led numerous successful population health and quality improvement efforts for the practice. He earned a Masters in Healthcare Quality and Safety from Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health, and is currently an instructor for the college.

Carrie Koenig, M.D.

In addition to her quality roles, Dr. Koenig is a practicing primary care internist. She serves Mercy Clinic East Communities, which includes more than 800 physicians caring for patients in St. Louis. During her tenure, Mercy has been recognized for quality on the state and national levels.

Janet Appel, RN, M.S.N.

Janet Appel has over 30 years of experience in nursing with a focus on the development of inpatient and outpatient programs to engage patients in self-care and has worked to improve quality and outcomes in all healthcare settings.

Liana Spano-Brennan, D.O., FACC

Dr. Spano-Brennan has been practicing for 8 years. She is particularly interested in treatment and prevention of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease, as well as in the detection and evaluation of cardiovascular disease in women.

Brian Jameson, D.O.

Dr. Jameson is a board-certified and fellowship-trained endocrinologist. His clinical interests include diabetes; thyroid, pituitary and adrenal disorders; and metabolic bone diseases.

Brian Shablin, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Shablin is a practicing internist and has been highly involved in quality throughout the Lehigh Valley Health Network. He is a member of the Quality Executive Committee, Quality Management Council, and several local diabetes initiatives. He has an MS in biomedical science and is a former database programmer.

Scott Hines, M.D.

Dr. Hines is board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He helps to implement the clinical programs necessary to deliver value based care, including the development of best practice guidelines, a variation reduction program, and other quality initiatives.

Stephen Combs, M.D., CPE, FACFE, FAAP

Dr. Combs is board certified in pediatrics and has been practicing since 1995. He received his Doctor of Medicine, AOA, from East Tennessee State University and completed Pediatric residency at Duke University where he served as Chief Resident. He is a Certified Physician Executive and he completed the Executive Development Program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.