Joseph A. Welfeld
Mr. Welfeld is President of the Welfeld Group, a consulting firm that focuses on health information exchange, physician alignment, patient engagement Accountable Care, Bundled Payments, Patient Centered Medical Homes and Technology strategies. He also acts in an advisory capacity to healthcare technology start-ups.
Previously, Mr. Welfeld was Vice President for RelayHealth – a Division of McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 16 company. RelayHealth is the nation’s leader in secure, online patient-physician communications and health information exchange platforms. Mr. Welfeld was responsible for assisting clients in developing and implementing their health information exchange (HIE), physician relations and regional connectivity strategies, as well as their approaches to Accountable Care, and other reimbursement alternatives. He has worked with C-Suite representatives of more than 60 health system clients in the eastern U.S. In addition, he works as a mentor and coach for senior managers within RelayHealth.
Mr. Welfeld joined RelayHealth in 2005 after spending four and one half years as Program Director of the Graduate Program in Health Administration at Long Island University's Rockland Graduate Campus. He taught graduate level courses and worked with graduate students on case studies and Thesis projects. Concurrently, he was a business strategy and managed care business development consultant.
In a previous position, Mr. Welfeld was CEO of Affiliated Physicians Network, a regional physician network focusing on oncology managed care and clinical research. In that role, Mr. Welfeld assisted the organization develop a comprehensive breast cancer case rate agreement with Oxford Specialty Management Company. Affiliate Physicians Network was also recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a community oncology network for clinical research.
Mr. Welfeld has been a consultant in managed care contracting and strategic planning both as an independent consultant and with a number of national and regional health care consulting firms.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Welfeld was a Regional Vice President for United Healthcare and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean State Physicians Health Plan in Providence, RI. In these capacities he led United to prominence in the New England managed care market and led Ocean State to #5 on the INC 500 list of the fastest growing privately held corporations in the United States.
Mr. Welfeld is a faculty member the Baruch College MBA Program in Healthcare Administration as well as a faculty member of Empire State and Dominican Colleges. Mr. Welfeld is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College/Mt. Sinai Medical School in NYC, and has written "Managed Care Contracting - A Guide for the Health Care Provider" - published by the American Hospital Publishing Corp. in 1996.
Mr. Welfeld is a member of the e-Health Collaborative. He has also been a member of National Advisory Committees for both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association and has made presentations at national and regional conferences of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Medical Group Association, National Managed Healthcare Congress, and the Medical Group Management Association.