Healthcare Services (Provider and Payer Strategies) Panel


“Provider and Payer Strategies to Gain Competitive Advantage in a Dynamic Healthcare System”

  • Moderator: Tracy Bahl '04 EMBA, Special Advisor, General Atlantic LLC; Former CEO, Uniprise (UnitedHealth Group) and Chairman, Emdeon
  • Jeff Gitlin, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Patrick Pilch '89, Managing Director, BDO Consulting
  • Joshua Raskin, Managing Director, Senior Analyst, Equity Research, Barclays Capital


  • Is the trend of integration and acquisition of physician practices by hospitals and other corporate entities leading to higher or lower costs or improvement in clinical care? Is one of those integrators (i.e., hospital systems, health plans, practice management companies) better positioned to deliver higher quality and lower cost?
  • Is the US healthcare delivery system prepared to take on financial risk and the alignment of incentives that could lead to improvement in quality and cost? If they are prepared, are they really able?
  • In what ways are providers collaborating with nontraditional partners – such as health plans, pharmaceutical companies and specialty benefit managers – to identify and pursue novel ways to treat disease, facilitate efficient R&D, and promote wellness, including use of HCIT/ data analytics?
  • How are payers incorporating value-based insurance design, account based financial incentives, transparency and consumer engagement techniques (e.g., gaming, mobile, etc.) to align incentives with consumers to achieve higher quality and lower cost?
  • How does the use of IT and electronic medical records create more efficient and effective healthcare delivery and promote data integration? Is there evidence that these methods will justify the cost of implementation and adoption?
Tracy Bahl '04
Special Advisor
General Atlantic

Tracy L. Bahl is a Special Advisor at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he focuses on activities in the Healthcare sector. Mr. Bahl brings significant expertise to the GA team, having previously advanced numerous growth initiatives for global leaders in the healthcare industry.

In addition to his role as Special Advisor, Mr. Bahl most recently served as Executive Chairman of Emdeon, a former GA portfolio company and an industry leading healthcare information and transaction services company based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Before joining GA in 2007, Mr. Bahl was Chief Executive Officer for Uniprise, a UnitedHealth Group Company, and previously served in various executive positions at CIGNA HealthCare.

Mr. Bahl holds MBAs from Columbia University and the London Business School, and received undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Jeff Gitlin

Jeff is a Partner and the Health Services Advisory Leader which is a combination of our Payer and Provider businesses.  He has over 20 years of experience assisting healthcare organizations with their most pressing business issues from strategy and business model analysis to operational assessment and performance improvement. A few of his more recent experiences include assisting a national provider to develop a business plan to evaluate the viability and feasibility of developing a Health Plan as well as a health plan in a strategic acquisition of Provider Practices. He also advised a global retail company in developing their Health and Wellness Strategy to evaluate their options to enter into the insurance and care delivery business.  His work at the retailer included conducting market analysis, evaluating strategic partners, and developing strategies to improve cost, quality and access within the Healthcare system. Jeff also has extensive experience in working through some of the largest PBM deals focused on acquisitions, insourcing and divestitures.

Patrick Pilch '89
Managing Director
BDO Consulting

Patrick Pilch is a Managing Director in BDO Consulting with more than 25 years of healthcare, financial services, operational management, and restructuring experience. Mr. Pilch provides strategy, business transformation, interim management, M&A advisory, restructuring, turnaround, and performance improvement services to assist organizations and their stakeholders. Advising nonprofit, for profit and public healthcare organizations on strategic, turnaround and performance improvement pursuits, he conducts operational and financial assessments, develops future state models and roadmaps, and implements alignment strategies across the continuum of care to improve quality and delivery. 

He has served as a strategic advisor to hospitals, boards, foundations, and healthcare systems in matters involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, real estate holdings, and other assets and restructurings. 

Mr. Pilch previously held senior leadership roles in Healthcare Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Alvarez & Marsal. He also led finance and operations at a technology firm, managing its general accounting and M&A activity, and served as interim CFO and COO at a hospital emerging from bankruptcy, through its retention of state licensure and securement of deemed CMS status and Joint Commission accreditation. Formerly Vice President of Managed Care and New Business Development at North Shore-LIJ Health System, he also served in financial advisory services and finance positions while at Greenwich Capital Markets Inc., Salomon Brothers, Inc., and Peat Marwick. Mr. Pilch began his career providing investment banking, structured finance, financial reporting, insurance, healthcare, and bank audit services. 

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received a MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University.

Joshua Raskin
Managing Director, Healthcare Research Analyst

Joshua is a Managing Director at Barclays covering the Managed Care and Health Care Facilities industries.  Prior to joining Barclays, Joshua worked at Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and Price Waterhouse. For more than a decade, Joshua has been recognized in Institutional Investor Magazine as a top rated analyst including #1 spot overall in the most recent poll. Joshua presents at numerous industry forums and has also been widely cited in the media, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barrons, Forbes, Business Week, Health Affairs, Modern Healthcare, CNBC and Bloomberg Television.  Joshua graduated with honors from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Accounting. He currently resides in New York with his wife Melissa and daughters Hannah (6) and Madison (3). Joshua’s hobbies include traveling, philanthropy, and rereading the PPACA.