“AEE1: Defining Attribution with Dr. Michael Hunt, CEO and President of St. Vincent Health Partners & Chief Information Officer for St. Vincent Medical Center”
by Stacey Richter

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Apparently nobody knew this until February 2017, but healthcare is really complicated. Besides all the normal kinds of complications you might expect in medicine and the business of medicine, there’s also an immensity of terms and jargon people only use in their own silos or that mean different things depending on who you talk to.

Luckily, here at Relentless Health Value, I have the opportunity to speak with experts who can help us unravel the tangled web we’ve woven. I realized this the other day when I was interviewing Dr. Michael Hunt, Chief Executive Officer and President of St Vincent Health Partners and Chief Information Officer for St Vincent Medical Center. He offered up a spectacular explanation of the term “attribution,” which I’ve recorded here, just for you.

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.


  • Dr. Michael Hunt, EP133.
  • Defining Attribution.
  • How do you define Fee-for-Service Attribution?
  • How do you align your operations to manage and maximize all sides of your business?
  • “Depending on your business model and how you look at those attributions, you define success.”

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