Speakers & Faculty

Neha Patel, LPC

Director Care Delivery Transformation - Southeast Region (VA, KY, GA), Anthem, Inc.

Neha Patel, LPC

Director Care Delivery Transformation - Southeast Region (VA, KY, GA), Anthem, Inc.

Neha Patel is the Director of Community Transformation for the Southeast Region for the Enhanced Personal Health Care (EPHC) Program at Anthem. The EPHC program focuses on improving value based care within care delivery systems in healthcare. She takes great pride in finding operational, clinical and strategic opportunities to support providers to achieve the Quadruple Aim - improve quality, lower cost and improve provider/patient satisfaction.

Neha is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) receiving her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She also holds a Masters in Management from Colorado State University. Neha has worked as a therapist in a variety of roles including private practice, inpatient and residential settings, and community mental health centers.

With a background and passion in behavioral health, Neha has utilized her experience and knowledge over her career to develop, promote, and support implementation of BH Integration through her work in the EPHC program at Anthem as well as through community programs/partnerships such as the 4 year SIM Grant in Colorado.

Finally, Neha enjoys living in Colorado and all the benefits of the outdoor life with her husband and daughter. ×

Drew Di Giovanni

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Drew DiGiovanni, MPH, FACMPE, brings over thirty years of marketing, management, and strategy experience to the  OPEN MINDS team.  This broad knowledge has contributed to his success in service innovation, service line development, and market positioning.

Mr. DiGiovanni previously served as the Vice President of Quality for Premise Health/ CHS Services.  In this role Mr. DiGiovanni led the development and implementation of a performance management program 150 clinic locations in thirty-eight states.  When the organization completed a merger with Take Care, he led the integration plan for 500 service locations.   Throughout his tenure with Premise Health, Mr. DiGiovanni was also responsible for patient satisfaction, clinical quality, risk management, facilities and compliance auditing, operational efficiency and workflow redesign, policy management and document control, and patient safety programming.

Prior to his work with Premise Health, Mr. DiGiovanni served as the Director of Education and Distance Learning for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).  During his tenure, he directed a revenue center of over ten million dollars and maintained consistent increase in revenue with a ten to fifteen percent growth yearly.

In this role, Mr. DiGiovanni developed a comprehensive curriculum in ambulatory care administration, with focus on operational efficiency, finance, compliance, and executive leadership.   He also created a professional bootcamp for MGMA.

Earlier in his career, Mr. DiGiovanni served in multiple roles with the Mendocino Community Health Clinic in Ukiah, California including Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning, Director of Operations and Director of Support Services.

In addition to his commercial experience, Mr. DiGiovanni was also an  Associate Professor position at Regis University in Denver.   He developed and taught courses in marketing for for physicians and administrators in the university’s Healthcare MBA program.  Mr. DiGiovanni also co-developed the online curriculum for Healthcare Marketing for the institution. ×

Ken Anderson

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Kenneth J. Anderson brings to the OPEN MINDS team over 40 years of experience in leadership and management focusing on Medicaid and Medicare programs operated by states, counties and health plans.   Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Anderson served as the Vice President of Public Sector Business Development of Optum.  In this role, Mr. Anderson was responsible for Medicaid and Medicare business development activities with states, counties, and health plans.   Mr. Anderson worked with a variety of Optum services including behavioral health management, person-centered care management, and medical-behavioral integration.  And, he was also accountable for developing customer relationships, solution design, proposal development and implementation processes.

In addition to those business development roles, Mr. Anderson was also was involved with internal planning regarding the impact of Medicaid expansion.   He had an active role with analysis of market approaches for  serving people with I/DD conditions, people with criminal justice involvement,  and housing programs.   Mr. Anderson was recognized as Optum’s  “Top Producer” three times with an average annual sales of over $100M.

Mr. Anderson has also served as the Vice President of Public Sector Quality Improvement & Implementations at Optum Health, Public Sector.  In this role, Mr. Anderson lead public sector managed care program implementations and quality initiatives.   He ensured the coordination of services between stakeholders, as well as managing programs to meet customer expectations.   Mr. Anderson also served as the Vice President, Public Sector for United Behavioral Health’s operations in Washington State.   He was responsible for managing the Project Director’s for United’s contracts in the King County (Seattle), Clark County (Vancouver), and Spokane County including budget development, customer relations, and program management.

Before working with United Health Group and Optum, Mr. Anderson was the Managed Care Administrator for California’s Solano County.  In that role, he was responsible for the management of the capitated Medicaid mental health system, two primary care clinics, a dental clinical, family planning and perinatal services, and public health funds for indigent individuals.    He led a department-wide initiative to integrate service delivery across these funding streams.

Mr. Anderson earned his Master of Arts in Psychology from Chapman College, in Orange, California.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Math from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ×

Allison Rizer, MHP, MBA

Vice President of Strategy & Health Policy, UnitedHealthcare

Allison Rizer, MHS, MBA is Vice President of Strategy & Health Policy at UnitedHealthcare where she focuses on issues related to Medicare-Medicaid integration. In this capacity, Allison addresses and anticipates the evolving policy landscape in an effort to promote sustainable solutions to serve individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. She is a champion of policy and program design efforts both internally and externally that minimize burdens and barriers for dual eligibles navigating the complex healthcare and social services systems.

Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Allison worked with The Lewin Group, a healthcare and human services policy consulting firm. While at Lewin, Allison’s work focused on vulnerable, aging populations. She led numerous projects with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Office on Women’s Health involving the Medicare population and older lesbian and bisexual women. Her work at Lewin strived to improve health outcomes and programmatic experiences for these individuals.

Allison has a Master of Health Science in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Healthcare from University of St. Thomas. ×

Carl Clark, M.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Center of Denver

Carl Clark, M.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Center of Denver

As the President & CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, Dr. Clark inspires a culture of innovation and well-being by delivering strengths-based, person-centered, culturally- proficient services as well as employing trauma-informed, evidence-based practices. Under his leadership, the Mental Health Center of Denver has recently been named a finalist for a 2018 World Changing Idea Award from Fast Company Magazine, and won the 2018 Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health. The Mental Health Center of Denver is proud to be a Denver Post Top Work Place for 7 years running. ×