National Advisory Panel

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Physician Executive Members

Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, SFHM
Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, SFHM

Thomas and Mary Cesario Endowed Chair, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Business, Public Health, Nursing Science, & Biomedical Engineering
Executive Director, Hospitalist Program
University of California, Irvine

Jeffrey Hay, MD
Jeffrey Hay, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Prospect Holdings

James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP

CDIMD – Physician Champions

Patty Huang, MD
Patty Huang, MD

Medical Director, Pneumonia Program
Hoag Memorial Presbyterial Hospital

Dr. Huang is the Physician Lead for the Readmission Reduction Initiative and the Physician Advisor for the Performance Improvement Department at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital.

Ronald L. Kaufman, MD, MBA, FACP, FACHE
Ronald L. Kaufman, MD, MBA, FACP, FACHE

Chief Medical Officer
Tenet Healthcare California Region

Acute Hospital Members

Josh D. Luke, PH.D., FACHE
Josh Luke, Ph.D., FACHE

National Readmission Prevention Collaborative
Founder, National Readmission Prevention Collaborative
Executive Faculty, CSULB
Author, Readmission Prevention: An Operators Guide to Solutions

Jodi Smith, RN, MSN, CCMC, ANP-BC, ND
Jodi Smith, RN, MSN, CCMC, ANP-BC, ND

Operations Lead for the Post Acute Care Transitions (PACT) Program
Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, Colorado

Ebinehita Omofoma, MHA
Ebinehita Omofoma, MHA

Administrative Officer, Logistics Management Service
VA Long Beach Healthcare System

Mariel Sjieme, Pharm D, Einstein Medical Center
Mariel Sjieme, Pharm D, Einstein Medical Center

Transition of Care Pharmacist
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

Vincent D. Nguyen, DO, CMD
Vincent D. Nguyen, DO, CMD

Program Director | Palliative Care Services
HOAG Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Yvonne Rockwood
Yvonne Rockwood

Chief Operating Officer
Kaiser Permanente, Southern California

Gwenmarie Hilleary,  NHA, FACHE
Gwenmarie Hilleary, NHA, FACHE

Care Transitions Expert

Glenn Pascual, DHSc, MBA, MSN, OCN, RN
Glenn Pascual, DHSc, MBA, MSN, OCN, RN

Director of Service Operations
Kaiser Permanente

Post-Acute Members

Timothy Bateman
Timothy Bateman

Home Care CEO Council

Tina Hecht
Tina Hecht

Regional Director of Operations
Windsor HealthCare

Steve Flood, COO
Steve Flood, COO

Chief Operating Officer
New Orange Hills SNF

Industry Expert Members

Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF
Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF

Senior VP Advocacy and Public Policy

Cheryl Phillips, M.D is the Senior VP for Advocacy and Public Policy at LeadingAge in Washington, D.C. Prior to this role she was Chief Medical Officer of On Lok Lifeways, the originator of the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive care for the Elderly) model based in San Francisco, CA. Read More

Cherilyn Murer
Cherilyn Murer

Founder and President, The Murer Group

Diana Morris
Diana Morris

Director, Customer Development, KenSci

LaNita Knoke RN, BS, CMCN
LaNita Knoke RN, BS, CMCN

Healthcare Strategist
Home Instead Senior Care

Sue MacInnes
Sue MacInnes

Chief Market Solutions Officer
Medline Industries, Inc.

National Readmission Prevention Collaborative



To prevent unnecessary hospital and healthcare facility readmissions by uniting industry experts and sharing 'Best Practice' case studies to develop effective patient centered care models.


To showcase and share state-of-the-art 'best practices' and solutions in improving integrated care and readmission prevention to improve the care continuum nationwide.

Volunteer Organization

NRPC is a volunteer collaborative.

  1. Enhancing the website
  2. Hosting at least one annual conference
  3. Sharing new, innovative and advanced concepts in reducing unnecessary readmissions

Advisory Board (2013-2018)

  • Josh Luke, Ph.D. | NRPC | Founder
  • Ebinehita Omofoma | VA Long Beach | Website Administrator
Members at Large
  • Alpesh Amin, MD | UCI Healthcare | Member at Large, Academic Medical Center Liaison
  • Jeffrey Hay, MD | Prospect Holdings | Member at Large
  • James Kennedy, MD | Physician Champions | Member at Large
  • Patty Huang, MD | Hoag Memorial | Member at Large, Hospitalist/ED Liaison
  • Ronald Kaufman, MD | Tenet Regional Medical Director | Member at Large
  • Jodi Smith | Kaiser Permanente Colorado | Member at Large, Coleman Liaison
  • Mariel Sjieme | Einstein Medical Center | Member at Large, Pharmacy Liaison
  • Yvonne Rockwood, MD | Kaiser Permanente | Member at Large, Integrated Network Liaison
  • Tina Hecht | Windsor Healthcare | Member at Large
  • Steve Flood | New Orange Hills | Member at Large
  • Timothy Bateman | Home Care CEO Council | Member at Large, Home Health Liaison
  • Cheryl Phillips | LeadingAge | Member at Large
  • Cherilyn Murer | Murer and Associates, Inc. | Member at Large, Acute Rehab Liaison
  • Steve Hauser | Marlora Care Center | Member at Large
  • Gwenmarie Hilleary | Care Transitions Expert | Member at Large, Hospital Liaison
  • Diana Morris | Director, Customer Development, KenSci | Member at Large, IT/EMR/HIE Liaison
  • Vincent D. Nguyen | HOAG Memorial Hospital Presbyterian | Member at Large, Palliative Care Liaison
  • LaNita Knoke | Home Instead Senior Care | Member at Large
  • Sue MacInnes | Medline Industries, Inc. | Member at Large
  • Glenn Pascual | Kaiser Permanente | Member at Large
2014 Collaborative Meeting Dates
  • February 6, 2014
  • May 1, 2014
  • August 7, 2014
  • November 6, 2014

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support of our collaboratives.

Sensiotec Silverado Senior Living CareCentrix PRN Ambulance
Cambrian Homecare Boehringer Ingelheim Health Dimensions Group Medline
Home Instead 24 Hr Home Care Vree Health Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Irvine Cottages Vitaphone COMS Interactive Windsor
Propeller Health Diagnostic Laboratory ChekMeds RightCare
Ensocare American Healthtech ResCare Nexus Connected Healthcare
Alta Home Care Envision Healthcare Poiesis Medical Life House
Barlow Alzheimers Family Services Center Hallmark Rehab Attentive Home Care
Servarus Iverson Genetics Generations Healthcare Sunnyside Nursing Center
Belmont Senior Living Vantari Skilled Wound Care Senior Housing Forum
PA House Calls Sun Mar Life Care Centers of America Plum South Branch

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