“Episode 133: A Primer in Taking on Risk with Michael Hunt, DO, CEO & President of St. Vincent Health Partners, Inc, Chief Information Officer for St. Vincent Medical Center”
by Stacey Richter

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Dr. Hunt graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa and completed his residency in Pediatrics. During his military service, Dr. Hunt’s held key leadership positions. As Chief Medical Information Officer, he has implemented ‘Epic’ and ‘Cerner’ EMRs. He is Board Certified in pediatrics and received a Master of Science in Medical Informatics.

In April 2013, Dr. Hunt was appointed CPHO (Chief Population Health Officer [CMO/CMIO]) for St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc., a Physician Hospital Organization with more than 400 providers, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Dr. Hunt provides physician leadership and direction for the planning, design and implementation of clinical information systems at St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. and oversees quality and utilization for its provider network. Under the leadership of Dr. Hunt, St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. was the first organization in the country to become accredited and re-accredited by URAC as a Clinically Integrated Network and is leading the charge in changing the face of healthcare in CT. Currently, working with organizational leaders, Dr. Hunt is engaged to develop information system infrastructure to support a super clinically integrated network. As Chief Executive Officer (2016), he is now focused to develop additional opportunities for medical management with employers and payers, enhance network contracting, and continue to support organizational transformation to value reimbursement.

Dr. Hunt joined St. Vincent’s Health System (SVHS) as CMIO in August 2014. He is working closely with clinical and information technology associates to transition to ongoing operations after the Cerner EMR implementation. Additionally, Dr. Hunt participates with the Valued Care Alliance [VCA] (a newly formed six hospital consortium in Connecticut in which St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a founding member) to establish system-wide population management infrastructure. The VCA has been recognized as a leading advanced network by Connecticut and participates with the Community and Clinical Integration Program, and awarded the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model grant by CMS.


00:00 Revenue from Risk-Sharing vs. FFS.
04:00 Evaluating Reimbursement Models and how Patient Satisfaction plays into this.
06:15 Growing Networks and explaining to Consumers how Payment Models affect them.
06:45 Helping Providers effectively participate in the Bundled Payment Program.
11:35 BPCI: Bundled Payment Care Improvement.
12:00 Disease Categories St. Vincent is working with in Bundled Payments.
12:30 Assuming Pharmacy Risk vs. Medical Risk.
13:00 How St. Vincent selects Health Partners.
16:30 Managing Continuity of Care.
18:00 Identifying Transitions of Care.
21:00 Reducing unnecessary use of the ED.
22:30 Using Urgent Care as an extension of PCPs.
28:30 “Don’t view that shared savings as a negative.”
31:40 Making Shared Savings Net-Positive.

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