Healthcare Services (ACA/Healthcare Reform) Panel


“Effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act and the Future Delivery and Payment of Healthcare Services" 


  • Will the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), spurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), succeed in their ability to improve the quality and access to affordable patient care? What is the greatest barrier to their having an impact and what changes are needed to enhance their probability of success?
  • Transparency and consumer-driven health care (CDHC) is a trend that encourages individuals to get the information and care they need, and helps make employees more engaged health care consumers – will it be effective in changing market power and economics? Are the financial impact of discretionary services sufficient to change the curve in healthcare spending?
  • Some argue that a Single Payer System is the only way we get to universal, comprehensive and affordable patient care – is this correct? How can fragmented insurers negotiate against large health care provider systems?
  • Will the Health Insurance Exchanges created in the ACA succeed (over time) in providing affordable care with flexible networks to individuals, or will they fail due to lower enrollment of healthy individuals, high prices, complexity, “politics”?  What is the current state of the exchanges and how many individuals will likely find coverage through the exchanges?
Aran Ron, MD '89
Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
President, Health Strategies Consultants

Dr. Aran Ron is president of Health Strategies Consultants and an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He provides consulting services to various health care sectors including insurance, provider delivery systems, and venture and private equity.

He served as president and chief operating officer of Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and chief medical officer of EmblemHealth Plans. Prior to joining GHI he served as Medical Director at Oxford Health Plans and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at New York Downtown Hospital and Director of Quality Programs at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a degree in business and public health from Columbia University and trained in internal medicine at New York Hospital.

He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, is a member and former Chair of the URAC accreditation committee, a former member of the board of GHI PPO and HMO. He lectures at Cornell Medical College where he won the 2008 excellence in teaching award and serves as Chairman of the Board of St. Christopher’s Inc. a non-for-profit agency providing educational services for troubled youth. 

Robert Brenner, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Summit Medical Group

Chief Medical Officer, Robert W. Brenner, MD, MMM, oversees and implements strategic growth and continuous improvement of care for individuals and populations, while ensuring the appropriate cost of care at Summit Medical Group. He is leading change for the largest for-profit, physician-owned multispecialty practice in New Jersey.

A healthcare innovator, Dr. Brenner has developed unique Care Management, Transition of Care, and Population Health programs as well as several nationally recognized clinical centers of excellence. He is a national spokesperson on many topics in healthcare. Dr. Brenner was a lead hospital administrator, Executive Team member, Chairman of Family Medicine, and Residency Director at Atlantic Health before joining Summit Medical Group.

After attending the State University of New York in both Binghamton and Buffalo for his undergraduate education, Dr. Brenner earned his MD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he was a US Air Force Health Professions Scholar. He completed his residency in family medicine at Columbia University/Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Brenner earned his Masters in Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. He has participated in the New York University Stern School of Business Strategic Leadership Executive Program.

To his credit, Dr. Brenner was recently elected to the American Medical Group Foundation Board and appointed to the State of NJ DOH Quality Improvement Advisory Committee. He is a member of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Chief Medical Officers Leadership Council. Dr. Brenner is a recipient of the Dorland Health National People Award for his outstanding improvements and leadership in the healthcare system, including enhancing care for patients transitioning through the complicated healthcare landscape. 

William Gillespie
President, AdvantageCare Physicians
Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth
Dr. Gillespie is President and CEO of AdvantageCare Physicians, one of the largest physician practices in the New York City metropolitan area. The practice has more than 400,000 patients being cared for by 450 physicians in 39 medical office locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Dr. Gillespie also serves as Chief Medical Officer for EmblemHealth, the largest not for profit health plan in New York and Connecticut. 
Dr. Gillespie’s career includes 22 years with Kaiser Permanente, including several years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Kaiser Permanente Regions outside California.
Prior to joining EmblemHealth, Dr. Gillespie was Chief Executive Officer of OptumHealth, a specialty services division of UnitedHealth Group that includes specialty networks, disease management and behavioral health programs. He subsequently became Chief Medical Officer for Ovations, the UnitedHealth Group Medicare division.
Dr. Gillespie is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He attended the Executive Management Program at Stanford University School of Business and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University and is a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health. He is Board certified in pediatrics and is licensed in New York and Connecticut.
John Keith
Deloitte Consulting

John Keith has more than 25 years of experience in management consulting experience focused on strategic, operational and transformational issues across the payor, provider and life sciences sectors. John is the practice leader of Deloitte Consulting’s Health Care Delivery Innovation solution and cross-sector convergence.

John’s consulting experience includes strategic planning, merger and integration, start-ups, product development, clinical and network strategy, information management, and core administration. He has led multiple engagements to identify and respond to the implications of health care reform for national and regional health plans, providers and life science companies.

John earned a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.