Capabilities & Team

Reward Health Sciences includes Dr. Ward and a team of talented consultants with a successful track record in strategy, analysis and information technology projects.  Reward Health Sciences is capable of assisting physicians and hospitals in:

  • Strategy development regarding ACOs, PCMH, quality, clinical IT and analytics
  • Support for the negotiation of contracts between provider entities regarding the formation of ACOs (and associated sharing of investments and gains), and contracts between providers and health plans regarding performance-based reimbursement
  • Data analysis & modeling
    • Network and population structure (Who are our providers and patients? What are the key referral relationships?)
    • Provider performance (With whom shall we partner, based on quality, use, cost, and access?  Which providers require our attention? What metrics can be used as a basis for equitable gain sharing?)
    • Opportunity analysis (Which conditions should we target?  Which IT and process investments should we prioritize?)
    • Program evaluation and ROI analysis (Were our prior investments in IT and care management worthwhile?)
  • Care process improvement
    • Improving clinical decision making processes through guidelines and protocols for diseases, services & transitions
    • Improving care delivery processes through Lean, Six Sigma, CQI and clinical process management
  • Health information technology
    • Vendor selection & implementation support for EMRs, registries, and clinical process management systems
    • Facilitating development of health information exchanges (HIE)
    • Creating an analytic data repository, enterprise data warehouse, or business intelligence platform

Dr. Richard E. Ward received MD and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago.  He led a team of 420 people for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as VP of Clinical Programs and Medical Informatics.  This team developed a performance-based reimbursement program involving more than 100 physician organizations and an annual payout of more than $60M.  It also developed the nation’s largest Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program, an innovative provider-based care management program, and established sophisticated epidemiology, biostatistics and medical informatics capabilities.   Prior to joining Blue Cross, Dr. Ward served as:

  • CEO for Reward Health Sciences, a consultancy serving physician organizations, hospitals and health plans
  • Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Anceta, a subsidiary of the American Medical Group Association that created a national analytic data warehouse
  • VP & General Manager for Oceania, a developer of EMR technology selected by Kaiser Permanente and US Dept of Defense
  • Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness and Chief of Medical Informatics for the Henry Ford Health System

Dr. Ward has been granted 2 US patents for care management technology, published 27 scientific papers and 6 book chapters, and given numerous invited lectures in university and business settings. This base of education and experience allows Dr. Ward to serve as a bridge linking clinical, business and technology fields as needed to create successful Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Richard Stempniewicz.  An accomplished Executive Manager of Information Technology with special expertise in creating secure health databases to support both health care operations and advanced analytics.  Mr. Stempniewicz has  over 25 years of experience directing and implementing technology initiatives balancing profitability with measured, strategic investments in information systems and process automation.   Since 2001, Mr. Stempniewicz has managed an independent consultancy providing program management, enterprise architecture, software development, database integration, data warehousing  and data analysis to a variety of commercial and government clients.  Starting in 2005, Mr. Stempniewicz held the position of Global Head and Vice President of Information Technology for Eurofins Medinet, Incorporated where he was responsible for the operational management of information technology infrastructure, data management, and software development supporting a global central laboratory providing clinical trial testing to fortune 100 pharmaceutical corporations and small to mid-sized bio-tech companies.   In 2008, Mr. Stempniewicz returned to consulting.  Recent engagements include providing data analytic services to large physician multispecialty group practices for Anceta LLC, a subsidiary of the American Medical Group Association, and advising the Immune Tolerance Network on restructuring their data management services.

Sandeep Bhat.  Mr. Bhat is a result oriented seasoned professional with over 13 years of experience in business consulting and system integration for public services and health care organizations across the US.   Since 2009, Mr. Bhat has consulted with Health Access Solutions, the developer of an integrated care coordination platform that is a subsidiary of the Santa Clara County IPA and a partner of the California Association of Physician Groups.  In this role, Mr. Bhat leads software implementation at Health Access Solutions client sites.  Mr. Bhat has also served as project management advisor to the New York Board of Education and to the Bay Area Regional Mass Transit system on large scale projects involving business process redesign and integration and configuration of software package solutions.   From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Bhat was a consultant at Bearing Point and Deloitte, including information technology consulting for a number of health plans including Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (New Jersey), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, WellPoint, and Kaiser Permanente.  Mr. Bhat earned a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta.  Mr Bhat’s expertise includes program delivery, solution architecture and driving change within client organizations. Mr. Bhat is an accomplished Project/Development Manager having successfully managed full lifecycle implementation of large-scale projects involving packaged solutions as well as custom developed solutions.

David Knapp.  A visionary leader with 26 years of demonstrated results as an enterprise change agent for global organizations.  Strategic thinking, hands-on leader with strong business acumen and deep technical expertise.  Accomplished at creating and articulating a compelling, long-range vision and devising innovative solutions to complex problems.  Recognized leader in Business Process Management (BPM) enterprise.  In 2002, Mr. Knapp joined Ford Motor Company as Director of Product Creation Architecture where he developed the foundational concepts and implementation architecture for Ford’s $100m+ Global CAD/PLM solution.  In 2006, Mr. Knapp became Director of Business Process Management (BPM) for Ford Motor Company building enterprise BPM capability and re-engineering the Advanced Sourcing, Engineering Release and Early BOM Development enterprise processes.  In 2009, Mr. Knapp founded Apex Process Consultants LLC, a successful BPM consultancy specializing in process re-engineering and process automation implementation. Recent engagements include development of wellness and care management processes at a large health insurance company in Michigan and corporate tax compliance processes at a big four accounting firm.   Mr. Knapp holds a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Oakland University.

Nick Laughton.  An innovative process architect with 20 years of industrial experience implementing improved processes in the automotive, aerospace, healthcare and accounting industries using a variety of tools and techniques.  In 2005, Mr. Laughton joined Chrysler and developed their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) strategy, mentoring technical and business teams, identifying process improvement opportunities, setting priorities and implementing solutions.  He played a key role in a series of projects to merge Daimler and Chrysler product development operations, facilitating workshops comprised of engineering and IT personnel, working through cultural and political issues to build process consensus, and developing integration and system deployment methodologies to support them.  In 2009, Mr. Laughton joined Apex Process Consultants LLC.  He lead the team that developed a BPM solution for a wellness program offered by a large health insurance company in Michigan, including capturing and clarifying business concepts and processes, and training and mentoring team members, while developing process models, user interfaces, integration services and reports using BPM tools.  Most recently, he is leading a team doing process re-engineering and process automation implementation for centralized process centers for a big four accounting firm.  Mr. Laughton holds a master’s degree in Engineering Business Management from Warwick University.

(A printable Microsoft Word version of this Capability Statement is available here.)

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