Breakthrough Innovators in Health Care

Breakthrough Innovators in Health Care

Join us for a lively and rich discussion about the important work panelists are leading in the areas of: Health Care Quality and Value-Based Care, Health Equity, and the Transition to a Digital Health Ecosystem.

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Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS

Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, is Chief Medical Officer for Humana. In this role, she provides executive clinical leadership for the insurance and Centerwell businesses, and has accountability for Physician engagement, Humana Healthcare Research, and the Health Equity and Bold Goal bodies of work. Prior to this role, Kate was the SVP for Clinical Analytics and Trend within the Clinical Solutions organization, where she was accountable for producing the business analytics and rapid learning approach for clinical programs designed to improve outcomes at lower cost. Before coming to Humana, Kate was at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where she was the Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) and CMS Chief Medical Officer (CMO). This Center is responsible for 18 quality and value-based purchasing programs including the Quality Payment Program, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, development and enforcement of health and safety standards of all facility-based providers across the nation, and coverage decisions for treatments and services for Medicare. Prior to CMS, Kate was on the faculty at the George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) and served as division director for Hospital Medicine. She continues to practice clinical medicine as a hospitalist and professor of medicine at the GWUMC.


Ali Khan, MD, MPP, FACP

Ali Khan, MD, MPP, FACP is a practicing general internist and Chief Medical Officer, Value Based Care Strategy at Oak Street Health, a value-based healthcare company focused on the delivery of transformative primary care to vulnerable Medicare and Medicare-Medicaid enrollees across the United States. Ali joined Oak Street Health in 2019 as Executive Medical Director over Oak Street's largest division, leading the clinical, strategic and operational performance of a 60+-center, 300+-clinician and 1400+-employee delivery system over eight states. Ali works at the intersection of medicine, entrepreneurship, translational health policy, population health and public service to help transform American healthcare delivery and achieve the quadruple aim. He is an experienced leader of mission-driven teams through periods of growth, uncertainty and high-stakes challenges. On the basis of that work at frontier delivery systems across the United States, he was named a Modern Healthcare Top 25 Emerging Leader, National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leader in Health, a MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator, a Crain’s Chicago Business Health Care Hero, a VCU Alumni Star and a California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Health Leadership Fellow. He is a current Signature Fellow at Leadership Greater Chicago. Prior to Oak Street, he served as CareMore Health's Clinical Design Officer, where he directed national clinical product and program design, implementation and iterative innovation for CareMore's work with high need, complex and vulnerable populations across the United States. During his prior work at Iora Health, Ali served on the national clinical operations leadership team as Director of Physician Engagement and a clinical innovator, where he led the strategic design and implementation of a variety of initiatives in population health, clinical quality improvement, clinical application product development and workforce development. A board-certified internist, Ali practices general internal medicine in both the primary care and inpatient settings, focused on the care of medically complex, highly vulnerable and high-need populations. His particular focus: the care for the super-utilizer urban underserved (in Richmond, Boston, New Haven, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Jose and Chicago) in high-performing frontier healthcare delivery systems, drawing on experiences within leading academic medical centers, the Veterans Healthcare Administration, Kaiser Permanente and the private sector. He also serves on the clinical faculty of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Beyond the clinic, Ali maintains an active public leadership portfolio, including recent service on the national boards of Doctors for America, the American College of Physicians, Physicians for Human Rights, the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program, Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. and Virginia Commonwealth University. As a member of the 2008 and 2012 National Health Policy Advisory Committees for Obama for America and the 2020 National Health Policy Committee for Joe Biden for President, Ali led, managed and trained physicians from around the country in political organizing, health policy education, messaging strategy and media cultivation. He previously managed field operations as National Deputy Field Director of Doctors for America and served as a health policy fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress under the former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General.

Ali is a co-founder of Doctors for Biden, VoteHealth 2020, the Civic Health Alliance and the Illinois Medical Professional Action Collaborative Team (IMPACT). He currently serves on national advisory boards for both Primary Care Progress and Costs of Care, and as a member of the American College of Physicians’ national Awards and Governance committees, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Board of Directors and the American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine Board. Locally, he serves as the president of the board of directors at Near North Montessori School.

Ali completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he served on the clinical faculty. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and VCU’s Medical College of Virginia, earning joint MD and MPP degrees as a Harvard Public Service Fellow. He is an alumnus of the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. A native of Fairfax County, Virginia, Ali lives in Chicago with his wife Asima Ahmad, a reproductive endocrinologist and global health entrepreneur, and their three children. Together, they seek out adventure wherever it may be.


Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH, FAAFP, AGSF

Dr. Mims has more than 30 years of clinical practice experience, including caring for Medicare beneficiaries in the hospital, office, nursing home, hospice, and home care. She is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics, with fellowship status in both specialties. As a clinical epidemiologist, she has more than 20 years of administrative experience in using quality performance metrics to guide changes in clinical processes, clinician and patient education and organizational delivery system redesign in small clinical practices, large disease management, Medicare Advantage, and managed care organizations.

Dr. Mims has jointed Rainmakers Strategic Solutions LLC, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). As such, she collaborates with members of its various teams of professionals to expand Rainmakers’ excellent health care industry reputation for thought leadership and involvement in the development and execution of key health care quality improvement initiatives and contracts, on diverse topics such as health equity, patient advocacy, value-based payments, and the Covid pandemic.

Dr. Mims has extensive clinical practice experience in value-based care for adults and seniors through her long tenure with Kaiser Permanente. More recently, she shared her expertise with JenCare Senior Medical Center, a healthcare system focusing on personalized quality care for vulnerable residents of Georgia. She worked collaboratively with multiple healthcare team members to provide exceptional care for each patient. She is the founding medical director at the Center for Black Women’s Wellness – Safety Net Clinic, where she also worked as a Staff Physician for eight years. Dr. Mims was the founding medical director of the Georgia Medicaid Management Program, overseeing case and disease management services to 500,000 aged, blind, and disabled Medicaid recipients.

Dr. Mims was previously vice president and chief medical officer for Alliant Health Solutions, the Quality Innovation Network—Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO). She is a Trustee for the RRF Foundation for Aging, a national endowment that funds projects to improve the quality of care for seniors. She is on the Board of NCQA and is a former member of the NCQA Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel and the NCQA Committee for Performance Measures. Dr. Mims is former president of the American Health Quality Association, the trade association for QIN-QIOs.


Debbie Welle-Powell, MPA

Debbie Welle-Powell recently retired from serving as the Chief Population Health Officer at Essentia Health. Essentia Health is a 17 hospital, 1,500 provider health system spanning the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

In her CPHO role, she designed, built and operationalized Essentia’s $2.5 billion dollar transition from a primarily fee-for-service model of care to one that focused on value, the patient and risk-based contracting with payers. Welle-Powell built a high-performance team of 300 hundred associates responsible for aligning the Health System’s clinical and economic transformations to support Essentia’s vision to become the leading health system for patients in the Midwest. This included developing care management programs and clinically redesigning care to ensure that high-value care is delivered across the Health System’s service area. Her direct reports covered the areas of telehealth, payer contracting and strategy, care management, remote patient monitoring, hospital at home, community health and wellness, and community benefit. She worked with market leaders, payer partners and community stakeholders to develop community-based programs focused on wellness, disease prevention and social determinants of health for better health outcomes. Her team won a national award for screening patients for food insecurity. She led the P&L for $900 million in total medical and pharmacy spend for 180,000 lives in Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial populations.

Additionally, while at Essentia she served as the Senior Vice-President of Accountable Care with additional responsibilities for system inpatient and outpatient quality and performance improvement She led the Accountable Care Division with strategic and operational responsibilities for population health care, payer strategy and community health and wellness.

 Prior to Essentia, Debbie served as the Vice President of Accountable Care and Payer Strategy for SCL Health System, a $2.5B health care system with operations in the states of Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. As a seasoned executive, she led the strategic and market activities for payer negotiations, and care management while developing innovative products, services, and technologies.   

Welle-Powell has more than twenty-five years-experience in executive healthcare positions within multi-state regions and integrated provider delivery systems. She has extensive experience in leading payer negotiations, public policy and legislative affairs, practice management, developing innovative care models, building provider networks, and structuring reimbursement strategies supporting a full range of payment models.

Debbie is extremely active in the community and serves on many boards; National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (Chair), Synchrony CareCredit, Advisor role at National Committee on Quality Assurance, Adjunct Instructor at the University of Colorado Executive MBA program, and Advisor at Arcadia Pharmaceutical. Her community service earned her recognitions including Women of Distinction, Colorado’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Outstanding Businesswoman Award, the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award for Philanthropy from Mile High United Way, Health Care Champion award from Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, and Inspiring Leadership award from CampExperience.


John Wigneswaran, MD
 Chief Medical Officer, Walmart



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