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Strategic Partners

Harbage Consulting works with a number of strategic partners that bring a range of policy, financing and operational expertise to enhance our work.

Barry Raass

Barry Raass

Finance Manager

Barry Raass joined Harbage Consulting in March 2017 as the firm’s Finance Manager. Barry manages financial matters for the firm including overseeing systems of internal controls to safeguard
financial assets and preparation of the annual financial statements
is in accordance with US GAAP. Barry works with the accounting
team to ensure that the firm’s invoicing and expense reporting
procedures are executed efficiently and effectively in a manner
that is responsive to our clients.

 

Before joining Harbage Consulting, Barry worked at Xyratex as a Senior Accountant. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University at Hayward. Away from work, he loves to write poetry, spruce up his cars from the last century (1991 Tahitian Green Honda Civic Hatchback & 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser), watches NASCAR (Kyle Busch #18), and snowboarding in Tahoe. Go GIANTS!

Charity Bracy

Charity Bracy

Strategic Partner

Ms. Bracy has more than 18 years of experience in the non-profit and government sector serving as a political and policy adviser to a U.S. Senator on health care issues, as a federal hospital lobbyist, and a consultant providing strategic advice on federal health care programs. She has experience in developing and implementing health care policy in the areas of Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

Charity has extensive experience working directly with the California health care system, including 10 years with the California Children’s Hospital Association working on initiatives to influence opinion leaders and key stakeholders with the goal of increasing public understanding of issues impacting hospitals and the delivery of care while increasing federal and state funding available to the children’s hospitals. She also has more than three years working as an independent consultant with a variety of hospital clients including large systems and small, independent hospitals in California, as well as work with a statewide trade association representing District and Municipal Public Hospitals.

 

Charity has worked with Harbage Consulting as a Strategic Partner since October 2014, when she joined the firm’s New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program team. In that role, she has supported two New York hospital systems in leading the Performing Provider Systems that make up the structure of New York’s DSRIP program. She continues as a Strategic Partner with the firm providing strategic advice to several California hospitals as they work to implement their Medicaid transformation projects called PRIME.

 

Charity holds a Master of Business degree and a Master of Social Work degree, both from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Michael R. Geiss

Michael R. Geiss

Strategic Partner

Michael Geiss is the founder of Geiss Consulting, a Sacramento-based management consulting firm. He has nearly 30 years’ experience providing services to public sector agencies. Prior to establishing Geiss Consulting, Michael had over nine years management consulting experience with NewPoint Group and seven years with Ernst & Young. He specializes in financial and economic analyses, business process improvement and operations analyses.

 

Michael has managed and participated in over 100 separate engagements for various State of California and other government entities, including more than 20 projects for the California Department of Mental Health, numerous projects for more than 25 county mental health agencies in California, and various projects for the California Behavioral Health Directors’ Association and the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions.

 

He recently completed an engagement for a large county in California to prepare for an anticipated change in reimbursement of behavioral health services from cost-based payments to a prospective payment structure. Tasks he performed as part of this project included an assessment of currently available client and financial data to determine data deficiencies or gaps, identification of recommend data needed to develop a rate structure that could be translated into case rates or capitation rates and development of a proposed rate structure.

 

Michael has also assisted many counties in California in developing five-year fiscal plans for community mental health services under the complex public mental health funding system in California.

 

Michael provided fiscal consulting services to the California Department of Mental Health for most of his career. A sample of projects he completed for the Department include:

 

  • Development of a revised Medi-Cal cost reporting system and rate setting methodology to meet federal Medicaid and Medicaid standards.
  • Development of distribution strategies for the Mental Health Services Act funds, budget formats for counties to use in requesting MHSA funds, and maintenance of effort and non-supplanting issues related to the Act.
  • Preparation of cost effectiveness demonstration calculations for the Department’s two federal Freedom of Choice Waivers.
  • Assisting the Department with preparation of a legislatively mandated analysis of the impact of the Health and Welfare Realignment Program on mental health services and funding.
  • Development of a rate setting methodology for psychiatric hospital inpatient services.
  • Evaluation of San Mateo County Mental Health Plan (MHP) pharmacy and laboratory costs under a federal Freedom of Choice Waiver in order to determine (1) whether the risk corridor should apply to historical expenditures and (2) what future year pharmacy and laboratory costs are estimated to be.
  • Analysis of the case rate reimbursement system for the San Mateo County Mental Health Field Test Waiver.

  • Development of a revised Medi-Cal cost reporting system and rate setting methodology to meet federal Medicaid and Medicaid standards.
  • Development of distribution strategies for the Mental Health Services Act funds, budget formats for counties to use in requesting MHSA funds, and maintenance of effort and non-supplanting issues related to the Act.
  • Preparation of cost effectiveness demonstration calculations for the Department’s two federal Freedom of Choice Waivers.
  • Assisting the Department with preparation of a legislatively mandated analysis of the impact of the Health and Welfare Realignment Program on mental health services and funding.
  • Development of a rate setting methodology for psychiatric hospital inpatient services.
  • Evaluation of San Mateo County Mental Health Plan (MHP) pharmacy and laboratory costs under a federal Freedom of Choice Waiver in order to determine (1) whether the risk corridor should apply to historical expenditures and (2) what future year pharmacy and laboratory costs are estimated to be.
  • Analysis of the case rate reimbursement system for the San Mateo County Mental Health Field Test Waiver.

Lisa Kodmur

Lisa Kodmur

Strategic Partner

Ms. Kodmur is a health care consultant with five main areas of expertise: 1) improving Medicaid, Medicare and other health care delivery systems to better serve older adults and people with disabilities, 2) provider and community engagement and outreach, 3) disability health policy, 4) grantmaking, and 5) education and training.

 

She has been a strategic partner with Harbage Consulting since 2014. In her work with Harbage, Ms. Kodmur has conducted provider outreach related to California’s Coordinated Care Initiative and worked with two hospital systems in New York City on Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs.

 

For eight years, Ms. Kodmur was with the L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, as Director of Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities and Quality Improvement Project Manager. Ms. Kodmur helped prepare L.A. Care to serve more than 160,000 older adults and people with disabilities enrolled in Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program). She also worked with the Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles as a chronic disease program manager and ran the member services department at Community Medical Alliance, a Medicaid HMO in Boston for people with disabilities and people with HIV/AIDS. She has volunteered for 15 years with a social program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and serves on the advisory committee of a not-for-profit, the JLA Special Needs Trust. Ms. Kodmur has a master’s of public health from Boston University.

Sandy Newman

Sandy Newman

Strategic Partner

Ms. Newman has more than 15 years experience in the health care industry, with expertise in delivery system transformation, health care policy, value-based payment, and Medicaid and safety net systems. In 2016, she co-founded LSN Health Strategy, a boutique policy and transformation consulting firm. She has been working as a Strategic Partner with Harbage Consulting since January 2016.

 

Ms. Newman’s work has focused on supporting a range of value-based payment initiatives, including advising the California Department of Health Care Services on the design of its Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal program, leading the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program clinical planning process for the largest public health system in the country and designing a total cost of care collaborative to support provider organizations in implementing enterprise-wide cost and quality interventions.

 

Ms. Newman previously worked at Manatt Health, the policy, strategy and business advisory arm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. In this capacity, she focused on Medicaid policy, delivery system transformation and innovative care models. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Health Policy for the California Academy of Family Physicians.

 

Ms. Newman has a BA in women’s studies and an MPH with a concentration in maternal & child health, both from Tulane University. She began her career working as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, managing a policy portfolio that included health care, tax, budget, and appropriations issues.

Jane Ogle

Jane Ogle

Strategic Partner

Ms. Jane Ogle is the former Deputy Director for Healthcare Delivery Systems at the California Department of Health Care Services. She is currently an independent consultant working on several assignments including the DHCS Academy, an educational program for mid-level managers; the implementation of Health Homes Programs in California; and the implementation of DSRIP programs in New York City.

 

At the DHCS she was responsible for the Low Income Health Program that ultimately transitioned 640,000 childless adults into Medi-Cal in 2014; the Long-term Care Division that oversees programs for the most at-risk older adults in the state; California Children’s Services; and the Managed Care Division that expanded Medi-Cal managed care to all 58 counties and transitioned 900,000 children from Healthy Families into Medi-Cal.

 

Ms. Ogle was also responsible for the Coordinated Care Initiative in seven counties that integrates Medicare and Medi-Cal services with long-term services and supports through managed Medi-Cal health plans. Prior to her work at the state, Ms. Ogle was the first COO at Santa Clara Family Health Plan. She spent more than 20 years in hospital administration at hospitals in Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey. Ms. Ogle is a graduate of Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.

Patricia Ryan

Patricia Ryan

Strategic Partner

Ms. Ryan has been a Strategic Partner on behavioral health issues for Harbage Consulting since January 2016. She also acts as an independent consultant with PERyan Consulting, which she formed in January 2014.

 

Ms. Ryan previously served (from 2001 to 2013) as Executive Director of the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) (now the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California [CBHDA]), the statewide advocacy association representing local public mental/behavioral health departments and services. Although she retired from that position, she served again temporarily as Interim Executive Director of CBHDA from May through October 2015 while the Association searched for a new Executive Director.

 

In her capacity as Executive Director, Ms. Ryan was responsible for overseeing CMHDA’s government relations activities, including advocacy with the state legislature and relevant state and federal agencies on issues of importance to California’s county-based public mental health system. She provided significant leadership, for example, in representing local mental health systems on issues related to their critical role in implementing Proposition 63 – the groundbreaking voter-passed initiative that raises, on average, over $1 billion per year in additional revenue for the public mental health system in California. She also led the organization during California’s complex implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ensuring that counties’ role in providing culturally appropriate, recovery-based services to those with behavioral health disorders in the evolving new system was appropriately recognized and represented.

 

Prior to joining CMHDA/CBHDA, Ms. Ryan served as Vice President for Behavioral Health and Governance at the California Hospital Association (CHA). She also served as a legislative assistant to two members of Congress – Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Richard Ottinger (D-NY); Assistant Director of Government Relations for the American Psychiatric Association; and Associate Director of Congressional Affairs for the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.

 

She has served as a Governor-appointed member of the California Department of Public Health/Office of Health Equity Advisory Board; was on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD) for 12 years, including two years as Vice President; was an Advisory Board member of the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) and The California Endowment (TCE)-funded Frequent Users of Health Care Initiative; and was President of the Board of the national Cult Awareness Network.

 

Ms. Ryan holds a master’s degree in public administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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