Key Speaking Engagements and Events with SHM Leaders

June 21, 2019

Drs. Laura Balsamini and Brian Freed Complete New Jersey Healthcare Executives Leadership Academy

Summit Medical Group’s Laura Balsamini, PharmD, National Vice President of Pharmacy Services, and Brian Freed, DO, Interventional Pain Management specialist, recently completed a six-month course offered by the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy (NJHELA). Two of just 22 participants, Balsamini and Freed were selected to take part in the 2019 NJHELA class, which seeks to build collaborative leadership skills among physicians and executives from both hospitals and health insurance companies. This year’s course focused on ways to address the opioid crisis in the state of New Jersey, with members developing and formally presenting projects that highlighted different aspects of this important issue and providing solutions to combat this crisis.

Balsamini and Freed were awarded a certificate of completion in Advanced Health Care Leadership from the program’s academic partner Seton Hall University. Dr. Balsamini attended the closing ceremony and reception on Friday, June 7 at the Nassau Inn in Princeton, NJ.

For more information about NJHELA and this year’s graduating class, visit          

April 26, 2019

New Frontiers in Achieving Value in Post-Acute Care

PRESENTER: Amina Ahmed, MDChief of Hospital Medicine and Post-Acute Care for Summit Medical Group

Baltimore, MD – Leaders from ACOs and post-acute provider systems provide their perspective on defining success in a world of changing payment systems, new regulations, and market consolidation.  Topics for this session include the evolution and current state of SNF (skilled nursing facility) and home health networks, application of new technologies, and how leaders on both sides measure and create value.

March 22, 2019

Leadership series brings high profile executives to campus

PRESENTER: Karen Graham, MS, Chief Operating Officer

Morristown, NJ – The College of Saint Elizabeth is intent on equipping students with both practical and theoretical knowledge. Most recently, CSE’s physician assistant (PA) program launched a lecture series titled “Coffee with the C-Suite.” These lectures, given by CSE’s clinical partners for the PA program, educated students, faculty and staff on what it takes to be a leader.

Summit Medical Group's very own, Karen Graham, was a featured presenter.  “I will never forget that moment. I tried to hold back my excitement, but I had the brightest smile on my face as I thanked her and everyone in the room,” says Linda Barria, ’21, who asked Graham for guidance in finding an internship. A few minutes into their conversation, Graham told Barria that she would set up an interview, but she had to earn the internship herself. Within one week of their conversation, Summit Medical Group requested an interview with Barria.

Dec. 11, 2018

Converting Clinicians to Value Based Care Believers

PRESENTERS: Dr. Ashish D. ParikhSVP of Medical Affairs and Quality and Deborah A. Molina, MBA, MPA, Six Sigma Black Belt, Director of Quality Improvement

The 2018 IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care hosted by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) which will take place December 9-12, 2018 in Orlando, FL, has chosen Dr. Ashish D. Parikh and Deborah A. Molina to deliver their presentation titled, "Converting Clinicians to Value Based Care Believers".  This is well-deserved recognition of their outstanding quality improvement efforts that are foundational to our ability to engage providers in value.

The agenda consists of half-day Learning Labs, full-day Quick Courses and the two-day General Conference, including four keynote presentations.  Dr. Parikh and Ms. Molina's presentation will be a valuable contribution to health care quality improvement and Summit Health Management is excited for them to showcase their work at the National Forum.

Nov. 13, 2018

Meaningful Collaboration between Pharmacists and Physicians to Improve Quality and Meet Patient Needs

PRESENTERS: Jamie Reedy MD, MPHChief of Population Health and Laura Balsamini Pharm D, BCPSNational Vice President of Pharmacy Services​

The 2018 Institute for Quality Leadership Medicare Advantage and Risk: Delivering on the Promise of Value, hosted by AMGA, which will take place November 13-15, 2018 in San Antonio, TX, our own Dr. Jamie Reedy and Laura Balsamini, PharmD to deliver their presentation titled, "Meaningful Collaboration between Pharmacists and Physicians to Improve Quality and Meet Patient Needs".

As payment models move towards risk-based payments, medical group practices are looking for new ways to create impactful changes that engage and empower the entire care team.  This session will share one medical group’s learnings from successful collaborations between physicians and pharmacists that improve patient care and decrease practice workload.

One of the most valuable underutilized resources in medical groups participating in risk-based payment models is inclusion of Clinical Pharmacists on the patient care team. This presentation will share with the audience how we established a clinical pharmacy team at SMG-NJ, defined the roles and responsibilities of Clinical Pharmacists involved in population health management and direct patient care, and share their value proposition in managing pharmacy-related quality metrics, addressing rising pharmacy costs and improving patient medication related safety. 

Nov. 8, 2018

Harnessing Innovation and Value in Population Health Management: Predictive Modeling and Patient Stratification to Target High-Risk Populations and Improve Quality

The 68th Annual Roy A. Bowers Pharmaceutical Conference Harnessing Innovation and Value in Population Health Management: Predictive Modeling and Patient Stratification to Target High-Risk Populations and Improve Quality will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Piscataway, NJ.  Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center's very own Dr. Margaret B. Row, MD, MBA, Interim Chief of Oncology, will be participating on a Panel Discussion focused on Oncology Medical Homes and Oncology Strategy Challenges & Successes. This conference is designed for Pharmacists, other Health Care Professionals and other Stakeholders and is organized by Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

Nov. 6, 2018

Transformational Trends in Healthcare and Entrepreneurial Responses

At a round table discussion hosted by the Arizona State University Health Futures Council on Transformational Trends in Healthcare and Entrepreneurial Responses, Dr. Jeffrey Le Benger will address Summit Medical Group’s participation in the Transformational Trend of Physician Practice Management and speak about the consolidation and acquisition of Physician Practices in a discussion titled "Transformational Healthcare Trends- Impact on Patients, Providers and Payers".

This is a national event with experts and participants from a variety of industries, and perspectives from all over the country and will be held at the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University.

Oct. 5, 2018

Commercial Value-Based Contract Success

PRESENTER: Jamie L. Reedy, MD, MPHChief of Population Health

At the NAACOS Fall 2018 Conference in Washington, DC held October 3-5, 2018, our Chief of Population Health Dr. Jamie Reedy presented during a session titled It’s Negotiable: Contracts Beyond Medicare​.  Her talk focused on Commercial Value-Based Contract Success.  She spoke about SMG-NJ's experience and outcomes in commercial risk contracts and the key contract elements that should be considered when negotiating such arrangements with insurers.  Dr. Reedy has also been selected to serve on the NAACOS Board of Directors as a Private Payer ACO Representative, effective January 1, 2019.

July 12, 2018

Strategies for Activating and Engaging Physicians

PRESENTER: Jeffrey Le Benger, MDChief Executive Officer

Our Chairman and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Le Benger presented at the Consumerism Symposium hosted by Modern Healthcare on July 12, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

Physician engagement is a critical success factor in navigating delivery system transformation. The patient-physician connection is the most important relationship in health care, and optimizing that relationship will reduce health care costs and improve overall quality of care. 

The changing nature of competition, the quest to improve the patient experience, and the on-going journey to optimize conventional and new, innovative patient channels are just a few reasons why physician engagement is important. By actively engaging physicians, hospitals, or health systems can build mutualistic relationships, as physician alignment increases your market share and drives revenues.

The following key issues will be discussed:

  • Best practices for activating and equipping physicians with the necessary tools to engage their patients, as well as the future of physician engagement overall
  • Overcoming the existing barriers to successful physician engagement
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of physicians, defining strategic goals, implementing alignment tools, and tracking efforts
  • Understanding the relationship between a fully engaged provider and improved patient outcomes
  • Insights into strategies that equip physicians with added accessibility, transparency, and support to better achieve their goal
  • Increasing engagement among physicians for an engaged patient-base and improved care
  • Communicating goals with physicians to improve engagement levels

For more information, visit Consumerism Symposium

May 3, 2018

Balancing Fee-For-Service and Value-Based Care Arrangements

PRESENTER: Jamie L. Reedy, MD, MPHChief of Population Health

At the 2018 Clinical Navigation Summit hosted by Navigant in Chicago, IL, Dr. Reedy discussed what is needed to be successful as an organization providing medical services; in addition to the key elements of value-based agreements.  Dr. Reedy outlined the necessities for success as: a physician-led approach, person-centered care focused on outcomes, retention of care within your network, comprehensive integrated clinical model with providers across the continuum, understanding of value-based contract elements and terms, accurate and timely data, risk stratification and optimal use of care team resources, accurate disease burden capture and aligned incentives – across providers, staff, medical group, payers, and patients.

Dr. Reedy also denoted the key elements of value-based agreements as: understanding of baseline performance, clearly defined attribution methodology, clearly defined geography and service areas, stop loss limits for high-cost patients, understanding of which services will be included and excluded from performance calculations, appropriate comparisons and benchmarks and the importance of percentage split of gainshare.

May 2, 2018

Strategies to Help Primary Care Physicians Address Stress and Burnout

PRESENTERS: Kerry S. LeBenger, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI and James Korman, PsyD, ACT 

At the “G-Force” Sharing Sessions at GPIN in Austin, TX, Dr. LeBenger and Dr. Korman delivered a presentation on strategies to help primary care physicians (PCPs) address stress and burnout by allowing them to unplug when on vacation.

Because PCPs get so many tasks, labs that need to be reviewed, and orders to be sign off on, they often cannot go on vacation without logging on to the Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and doing work. If they choose not to do work on vacation, they will come home to hundreds of tasks making coming back to work awful.  Also, the staff left behind must pick up a percentage of the vacationing physicians work on top of their own regular daily work.  

As a result, Summit Medical Group (SMG) has hired Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) to manage the EMR inbox of physicians when they go on vacation, including labs that need to be reviewed, patients that need to be contacted, etc.

It has been very well received by the PCPs thus far with them commenting that they can truly go on vacation for the first time in a long time and can return to work to a soft landing.

Their presentation at GPIN helped share the strategy with other medical groups and gain awareness and support.

March 17, 2018

Meaningful Collaboration between Pharmacists and Physicians to Improve Quality and Meet Patient Needs

PRESENTER: Jamie Reedy, MD, MPHChief of Population Health

As payment models move towards risk-based payment, physicians and medical group practices are looking for new ways to create impactful changes that engage and empower the entire care team.  Many physicians are interested in working with pharmacists to improve the health of their patients and decrease the workload in their practices but may not fully realize the capabilities of pharmacists or how to employ or contract with them in their practices. This interactive session, co-sponsored by AMGA, will bring together physicians and medical group practice decision makers from different practice settings to discuss their learnings from successful collaborations between physicians and pharmacists.  

March 8, 2018

Financing the Journey to Value-Based Care for Independent Physician Groups

PRESENTERS: Jeffrey Le Benger, MDChief Executive Officer; Jamie Reedy, MD, MPHChief of Population Health; Ashish Parikh, MD, SVP of Medical Affairs and Quality​

  • Despite market forces driving towards consolidation, independent groups can remain successful and thrive in the current health care environment
  • We believe a well managed physician-driven ambulatory care system offers the best solution for improving health and lowering costs
  • Physician-funded managed services organizations can help medical groups remain independent and succeed in the value-based world
  • This may offer a differentiated option for physician shareholders relative to a sale to a hospital or large public company

For more information, visit​

Feb. 13, 2018

The Incredibles: Summit Medical Group’s Journey to Value-based Reimbursement

PRESENTER: Ashish D. Parikh, MD, SVP of Medical Affairs and Quality

This presentation reviewed Summit Medical Group’s experience participating in Medicare’s Next Generation ACO and Horizon’s Population Health Program.  Dr. Parikh discussed how Summit Medical Group has been successful in value-based contracts and alternative payment models through the development of a comprehensive population health management strategy, partnerships with payers, and provider engagement.  

For more information, visit​