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Upcoming Event:

Emerging Transformed and Equipped to Thrive in a New Healthcare Environment

Tuesday., Dec. 6
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Featuring: Michael Rakotz, MD, FAHA, FAAFP (VP, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Improving Health Outcomes, American Medical Association), and Valinda Rutledge, MBA (VP, Public Payor Health Strategy, CCI)

Dr. Michael Rakotz is the vice president of chronic disease prevention and management for improving health outcomes at the American Medical Association. In addition to practicing family Medicine for the last 19 years, Dr. Rakotz is an assistant clinical professor of family and community medicine and at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a board member of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and a volunteer member of the American Heart Association Council on Hypertension; Epidemiology and Prevention; Nutrition, and Physical Activity and Metabolism. He earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center and completed his family medicine residency at Michigan State University. He is the former director of population health and virtual medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group. In 2014, the Million Hearts® Initiative recognized Dr. Rakotz as one of 30 hypertension control challenge champions in the U.S.

Valinda Rutledge is the vice president of public payor health strategy at Care Coordination Institute (CCI). Rutledge is responsible for identifying, analyzing and supporting the implementation of opportunities related to government initiatives, including bundled payments, Medicare advantage, Medicaid pilots, dual eligible, patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and accountable care organizations (ACOs). She previously worked as a member of the leadership team (Senior Advisor and Patient Care Model Group Director) at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI), helping build the Innovation Center from startup. She also managed the design and launch of several of the center’s models, specifically leading the development and roll out of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative. Rutledge previously served as the chief executive officer of CaroMont Health in Gastonia, N.C., and was appointed to North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s New Models of Care Delivery Steering Committee, where she assisted the Governor’s office in the development of a state-wide Medicare/Medicaid ACO program. In 2013, Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, recognizing her as one of the top 30 professionals in the nation impacting the healthcare industry on a national level. She holds an MBA from Butler University in Indianapolis and an M.S. from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Learn what your practice needs to know today to qualify for maximum CMS reimbursement, including MACRA, metrics and how CCI can provide services to assist in this new era of health care.

Tuition is free and lunch is provided for preregistrants. On-site registration is $50.

To register, email by Mon., Nov. 28.



Dr. Brent Egan, senior medical director of CCI, and his colleagues were recently cited in an article by the American Medical Association about their work with the African American community to create a couple of different versions of the DASH diet. The DASH diet is intended to help curb obesity and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Click here to read more.

Dr. Brent Egan recently authored a journal article entitled, “Hypertension in the United States, 1999-2012:  Progress Toward Healthy People 2020 Goals.” The article was published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation Journal. Click here to access the article.


Fall 2014 Newsletter

The Fall 2014 edition of CCI’s newsletter, The Tri-Aim Times, is now available! Click here to download the newsletter.


Million Hearts Recognition

Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The initiative brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

The Care Coordination Institute (CCI) recognizes providers who follow the “ABCS” of clinical prevention as outlined by the Million Hearts initiative. The ABCS include appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation. CCI providers must meet or exceed national targets in two out of the four metrics to be eligible for recognition. In 2013, 307 CCI providers qualified for recognition! Additionally, four providers met all four metrics and 38 providers met three of the four metrics.

Providers who met all four metrics:

  • Karen Hunter, MD, Internal Medicine of Greer
  • Kimberly Wilson, APRN, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
  • William Dixon, III, MD, Lovelace Family Medicine
  • Denise Mathis, NP, Internal Medicine Associates of Greer

Providers who met three of the four metrics:

  • William Snyder, MD
  • Jennifer Palo, PA
  • Scott Coley, MD
  • Pamela Davenport, MD
  • Humaira Khalid, MD
  • Bobbie Sarratt, MD
  • Timothy Stuart, MD
  • Samuel Reid, MD
  • Heather Cooper-Vernon, NP
  • John Bennet, MD
  • Susan Grizzard, NP
  • Michael Mikola, MD
  • A.J. Crumbley, MD
  • Kathleen Law, NP
  • Susan Elliot, NP
  • James Gainey, MD
  • Jennifer Schottleutner, NP
  • Oscar Lovelace, MD
  • Christopher McLain, MD
  • Hugh Osburn, MD
  • Jennifer Baugh, MD
  • Carole Parrish, NP
  • Cynthia Fulton, NP
  • Karen Thomas, MD
  • Betty Morehead, NP
  • Dorothea Gabel, MD
  • Michael Zhadkevich, MD
  • Ann Johns, MD
  • Heidi Tatum, PA
  • Howard Klickman, MD
  • Tuan Nguyenduy, MD
  • Bobbie Little, MD
  • Alison Wynne, NP
  • Colby Grossman, MD
  • James Brown, MD
  • William Henry, MD
  • Steven Leyland, MD


Every year, Americans suffer more than 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes. Following the “ABCS” can help reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke and improve your overall heart health.

A – Take aspirin as directed by your healthcare provider
B – Control your blood pressure
C – Manage your cholesterol
S – Don’t smoke

Do you know how to recognize a stroke? Learn the stroke warning signs and act FAST:

F – Face drooping

A – Arm weakness

S – Speech difficulty

T – Time to call 911

Additional signs of stroke include sudden trouble seeing, dizziness, confusion, severe headache or weakness on one side of the body.

Strokes can happen at any age. Remember that recognizing and responding to a stroke emergency immediately can lead to quick treatment and may even save a life.