The LAN Welcomes Susan Dentzer to Its Accountable Care Action Collaboration

Susan Dentzer, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Physician Groups (APG) joined the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s (HCP-LAN’s or LAN’s) Accountable Care Action Collaboration (ACAC). In this role, she will work with other ACAC members to build on the payment reforms that are transforming U.S. health care and increase collaboration and alignment across key stakeholder groups to achieve truly accountable care.

ACAC members are industry leaders who work with the LAN to influence and advance accountable care. They promote efforts to advance accountable care, coordinate with other LAN initiatives and activities, and foster partnerships to facilitate large-scale application of findings and best practices.

“We are delighted to welcome Susan Dentzer as a new member of the ACAC. She brings positive energy and knowledge to the table. As we head into the fall and prepare for the 2023 LAN Summit, we will call on her expertise as we round out our programs and report on our progress in advancing accountable care,” said ACAC co-chair Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

Dentzer is well suited for the role. As CEO of APG, she leads a national organization representing approximately 360 large physician groups committed to being held accountable for the costs and quality of health care. The 170,000 physicians working for APG member organizations provide care to nearly 90 million patients. APG groups treat more than 30 percent of all enrollees in Medicare Advantage; are among the nation’s leading participants in the Medicare Shared Savings Program; work with Medicaid managed care organizations to serve millions of Medicaid patients; and are also engaged in numerous other alternative payment models, including the Enhancing Oncology Model and the Kidney Care First model.

“I’m excited to join many distinguished colleagues on the ACAC to advance the critically important movement to accountable health care,” Dentzer said.  “There is no higher purpose today in U.S. health care than to reshape our flawed system into one that delivers on the promise of greater health, better quality of care, and more affordable costs for patients.”

Dentzer is a health policy thought leader and a frequent speaker and commentator, as well as an author of commentaries and analyses in print publications such as Modern Healthcare, NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine)-Catalyst, and the American Journal of Public Health. She was also the editor and lead author of the book Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care. Dentzer wrote and hosted the 2015 PBS documentary, Reinventing American Healthcare, about the transformative influence of the Geisinger health system.

Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. From 2019 to 2022, she was Senior Policy Fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University where she focused on aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic response; health system transformation including telehealth; biopharmaceutical policy; health coverage expansion, and other key health policy issues.  She previously served as senior policy advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; was the Editor-in-Chief of the policy journal Health Affairs; and was the on-air Health Correspondent and head of the Health Policy unit for the PBS NewsHour.

About the LAN

The LAN started in 2015 and is an active group of public and private health care leaders dedicated to providing thought leadership, strategic direction, and ongoing support to accelerate our care system’s adoption of alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN mobilizes payers, providers, purchasers, patients, product manufacturers, policymakers, and others in a shared mission to lower care costs, improve patient experiences and outcomes, reduce the barriers to APM participation, and promote shared accountability. Find more information here

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