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    Barry D. Buckingham, Executive Director

    Barry D. Buckingham has served as executive director of PHC4 since September 2021. Buckingham brings a broad-based health care background to the position. His experience includes leadership positions in hospitals, physician-owned practices, clinically integrated networks, and accrediting agencies. Buckingham’s background also includes administrative positions with a commercial health insurer and a Blues plan, and he served as the chief medical economist for Pennsylvania Medicaid. Buckingham’s education includes a B.S. in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a health care emphasis from Pennsylvania State University. His mission since joining PHC4 has been increasing the impact of the agency on the health and well-being of the citizens of Pennsylvania.

    Appointed Council Members

    Council members are appointed to help oversee and carry out the mission of PHC4. In addition to our executive committee, we have additional council members who bring their years of medical, research, business, and policy experience to support PHC4 in our goal to help Pennsylvanians access quality health care.

    Executive Committee

    Robert Bair

    President, The Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council

    Karen Groh

    President & CEO, Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Joe Huxta

    Manager Health and Wellness, Retired, Volvo-Mack Trucks

    Tom Duzak

    VEBA Trustee, United Steelworkers of America

    David Kelley, MD

    Chief Medical Officer, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services


    Arthur Steinberg

    President, AFT Pennsylvania

    Samuel Denisco

    Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

    Additional Council Members

    Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH

    Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services


    Camera Bartolotta

    Senator, Chair, Senate Labor and Industry Committee, Pennsylvania Senate

    Debra L. Bogen, MD

    Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health


    George M. Book, Jr.

    President & CEO, West Shore Chamber of Commerce

    Bryan Cutler

    Representative, Republican Leader, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


    Mark Dever

    Director – Global Compensation and Benefits, TIMET

    Randall N. DiPalo

    Financial Secretary-Treasurer, H&W Pension Trustee, Retired, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 520

    Dan Frankel

    Representative, Chair, House Health Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


    Jodi A. Frantz

    Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Insurance Department

    Martin Gaynor, PhD

    E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

    Michael Humphreys

    Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Insurance Department


    Muneeza Iqbal, MPH

    Deputy Secretary for Health Resources and Services, Pennsylvania Department of Health


    Brad Klein, MD, MBA, FAAN, FAHS, FAANEM

    Abington Neurological Associates, Ltd, and Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

    Neal Lesher

    Director, Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry


    Gregory Martino

    Senior Government Relations Specialist, CVS Health


    Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN

    Director, Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

    Michael Seim, MD

    Senior Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, WellSpan Health

    Abdoul Aziz Sosseh

    Vice President, Enterprise Analytics, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

    Adele Towers, MD, MPH FACP

    Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh and Senior Clinical Advisor, UPMC Enterprises

    Monica Virgilio

    Per Capita Representative, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

    Michael Yantis

    Vice President, State Government Affairs, Highmark, Inc.

    Technical Advisory Group

    The Technical Advisory Group brings together professionals like physicians, biostatisticians, and health services researchers to respond to issues related to research methodology, statistical expertise, and risk-adjustment methods. They offer advice, contribute to methodological advancements, and ensure our reports stay on the cutting edge of health care information.

    David B. Nash, MD, MBA, FACP

    Founding Dean Emeritus, Jefferson School of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA

    Steven Belle, PhD

    Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

    Paul N. Casale, MD, FACC

    Cardiologist, Lancaster, PA

    Daniel J. Glunk, MD, FACP

    Chief Quality Officer, Susquehanna Health, Williamsport, PA

    George R. Green, MD

    Physician-in-Chief, Division of Allergy & Immunology, Department of Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA

    Donald Liss, MD

    Senior Medical Director of Clinical Programs and Policy, Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, PA

    Robert Shipp, III, PhD, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

    Vice President, Population Health Strategies, Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA

    Payment Data Advisory Group

    The Payment Data Advisory Group produces recommendations to the Council surrounding the collection of payment data, the analysis and manipulation of payment data, and the public reporting of payment data. The payment data advisory group includes technical experts and individuals knowledgeable in payment systems and claims data.

    Michael Yantis, Chair

    Vice President, State Government Affairs, Highmark, Inc.

    Carl Alberto

    Vice President, Finance, St. Luke’s University Health Network

    Robert Bair

    President, Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council

    Ravi Chawla

    Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer, Independence Blue Cross

    Christy Dure, MHA, MPA

    Assistant Teaching Professor, Program Director, Health Management & Policy, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

    Martin Gaynor, PhD

    E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

    Karen Groh

    President & CEO, Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Joe Huxta

    Retired, Manager of Health & Wellness, Volvo-Mack Trucks

    Iftekhar Kazi

    Chief Architect & VP, Enterprise Architecture, UPMC

    David Kelley, MD

    Chief Medical Officer, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, PA Department of Human Services

    Jaan Sidorov, MD

    Internal Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center

    Jay Solomon

    Director of Network Provider Operations, Capital Blue Cross

    Abdoul Aziz Sosseh

    Vice President, Enterprise Analytics, Thomas-Jefferson University & Jefferson Health System

    William Van Decker, MD

    Cardiology, Professor, Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

    Council Committees

    In addition to our appointed council members and Technical Advisory Group members, PHC4 has several committees that support the work we do.

    The Data Systems Committee helps our Technical Advisory Group prepare, analyze, and disseminate data. Their responsibilities include:

    • Establishing priorities on public reports
    • Coordinating data collection with other state agencies
    • Collecting provider and payer data in a timely manner
    • Anticipating changes in the health care system to identify and plan for the collection, analysis, and presentation of relevant data
    • Reviewing and recommending policies and procedures for the PHC4 database
    • Conducting administrative direction and oversight relating to data collection and analysis, including review of PHC4 budget activities, purchase/lease of equipment, and issuance of request for proposals (RFP’s)

    The Education Committee promotes the awareness, understanding, use, and sale of the data collected and the information developed by PHC4. The committee’s goal is to help purchasers, policy makers, and consumers of health care services make more informed decisions and enhance the value and quality of health care in Pennsylvania.

    The Mandated Benefits Review Committee is made up of health care professionals who support PHC4’s mandate through the collection, analysis, and reporting of cost and quality data about health care services in the state.

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    Harrisburg, PA 17101

    Phone: (717) 232-6787
    Fax: (717) 232-3821