Mary Bacaj

About Mary Bacaj

VP of Strategy and Chief of Staff, Value-Based Care

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As Chief of Staff and Vice President, Strategy for Conifer Health’s Value-Based Care division, Mary oversees product, consulting and marketing, as well as facilitating successful client implementations. Among her key responsibilities is leading the strategic direction of market offerings based upon an expert understanding of the healthcare system’s transition to fee-for-value and how those market dynamics impact provider clients, as well as employers providing healthcare to their beneficiaries.

Prior to joining Conifer Health, Mary was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company. In that role, she worked with senior executives at health systems and health technology companies on strategic challenges, such as population health management, hospital and physician M&A, as well as risk-based contracting.

Mary received a Ph.D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from Columbia University.

Better Manage the Health Plan Generation Gap

New research indicates that generational groups have widely varying preferences when it comes to utilizing aspects of their health plans. The differences among Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers when accessing benefit features argue the point that a one-size fits-all approach to employee engagement may miss opportunities to achieve savings in healthcare spend.

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2018-06-01T10:00:29+00:00 May 29th, 2018|

MACRA Final Rule: What No One Has Yet Told You about MIPS

You may have already read about the concessions CMS has made to ease providers onto one of the two MACRA tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). However, when one looks at the complicated details of how MIPS will unfold, it can leave your head spinning.

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2018-04-12T09:38:21+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

MACRA: Physicians’ Choice Puts Hospitals on the Hook Too

MACRA lays out two paths for adjusting providers' Medicare fee-for-service payments: MIPS and advanced APMs. Regardless of which track physicians choose to be reimbursed, hospitals and health systems have a vested interest in helping their clinicians succeed under MACRA - because hospitals are directly on the hook when it comes to the proposed rule.

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2018-04-12T11:15:47+00:00 November 1st, 2017|