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Katherine A. Schneider, MD, named president of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO)

September 29, 2014 News Releases

Katherine A. Schneider, MD, has been named president and CEO of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO). Dr. Schneider will provide leadership, strategic direction and ongoing administration and management for all aspects of the DVACO. She was selected for this role after an exhaustive search by a committee with representation from each of the organization’s five owners—Main Line Health, Jefferson Health System, Holy Redeemer Health System, Magee Rehab and Doylestown Hospital. Dr. Schneider succeeds David F. Simon who has served as CEO of the DVACO since its inception. Her appointment was planned to coincide with the conclusion of Simon’s responsibilities as JHS executive vice president and chief legal officer, which resulted from the JHS restructuring earlier this year. Simon’s future endeavors include returning to full time law practice in 2015, as well as continuing as chairman of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority.

DVACO board co-chairs, Jack Lynch, president and CEO of Main Line Health, and Stephen Klasko, MD, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, expressed their excitement regarding the future of the organization: “We are incredibly grateful to David for his work in successfully positioning the DVACO for the future, and we are confident that Dr. Schneider’s clinical experience and business ingenuity will situate the DVACO as a pioneering model of care delivery as we partner with our physicians to deliver exceptional patient care while lowering health care costs.”

“I am honored to be chosen as the new leader tasked with ensuring the continued growth and success of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization,” said Dr. Schneider. “As our nation undergoes a fundamental shift in the design and delivery of health care, I believe that DVACO will lead the way in population health improvement by streamlining clinical integration while enhancing the quality and personalization of patient care.”

The DVACO is the region’s largest Medicare Accountable Care Organization with more than 400 primary care physicians. DVACO began participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in January 2014, and since that time, 32,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries have been assigned to the DVACO.

Dr. Schneider comes to DVACO from Medecision, where she served as executive vice president and chief medical officer. The company is the leading provider of health care management and care coordination software solutions serving national, regional and local health plans, insurers and provider-based organizations. Prior to her role at Medecision, Dr. Schneider served as senior vice president, Health Engagement, for the southeastern New Jersey health system AtlantiCare, where she held numerous leadership roles, including founding board chair of the Accountable Care Organization and co-designer of a value-based health insurance benefit for 10,000 employees and dependents. Before joining AtlantiCare, Dr. Schneider worked at Middlesex Health System in Connecticut where she held various roles with increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as chief medical officer of the clinically integrated entity.  In this role, she led the system’s participation in CMS’s Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project, the pilot precursor to the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

After graduating magna cum laude from Smith College with a degree in biochemistry, Dr. Schneider went on to receive her Master of Philosophy in Epidemiology and medical degree from Columbia University. She completed her medical residency in Family Medicine at Middlesex Health System. She is a Diplomate for both the American Board of Family Medicine and for Clinical Informatics subspecialty, American Board of Preventive Medicine. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Schneider was appointed by United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the National Advisory Council, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the US Department of HHS.

A mother and stepmother of four young adult children, Dr. Schneider resides in Philadelphia with her husband, William R. Petricone, Jr., JD, MD.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.