The Academy Advisors: Overview
The transformation of healthcare is accelerating, in large part due to policy decisions made by lawmakers and regulators in Washington, D.C. A robust knowledge base and an elevated presence in the federal health policy space is required for Top-100 Leading Health Systems. The Academy Advisors and its health system partners actively participate in and contribute to the national health policy debate by developing prospective solutions specific to integrated delivery systems. Through engagement with relevant health policy stakeholders, The Academy Advisors health system partners provide a collective voice for addressing key legislative, regulatory, and health policy issues.
The Academy Advisors: Mission
The mission of The Academy Advisors is to advance the interests of the nation’s Leading Health Systems through targeted education, collaboration and collective advocacy so that they can provide high quality care at low costs to the patients they serve.
Jarrett Lewis is Executive Director of The Academy Advisors, where he manages all health policy related activities for Academy Advisor member health systems. Jarrett previously served as Research Director and Executive Director of Consumer Analytics for The Health Management Academy, where he worked closely with health systems to conduct extensive survey research in areas of business development, marketing, budgeting and health policy. Additionally, Jarrett oversaw a quarterly healthcare survey of 1,500 consumers, published by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
He previously served as an in-house strategist to the Romney for President Campaign from 2011-2012, where he provided in-depth analysis of internal survey research data to senior campaign officials, including over 400 surveys and 200 focus groups. He began his career at Public Opinion Strategies, providing survey research analysis to federal and state campaigns during the 2008 election cycle and then joined the Academy Advisors, as a strategist providing health policy analysis to Academy members.
Education, Awards & Affiliations
Jarrett earned his B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University, where he was a member of the men's varsity soccer team and a participant in the 2005 Men's College Soccer Final Four. He is currently a second year MBA student at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Director of Policy and Strategy
Medha Vyavahare is the Director of Health Policy and Strategy at The Health Management Academy, responsible for liaising with The Academy Advisors and conducting research and analysis focused on regulatory and legislative policies affecting large health systems. In addition to educating relevant stakeholders about policy issues of strategic importance, she helps run The Academy's Government Payer Collaborative and Government Relations Officer Forum.
Medha holds a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, with a focus in Health Policy. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clemson University, earning a B.S. in Bioengineering and minor in Business Administration.
Before joining The Academy, Medha worked in a program management role with the Global Health Leadership Institute on Project Last Mile (PLM), a public-private partnership leveraging Coca-Cola’s logistics and distribution expertise to deliver medicines across Africa using strong leadership to transfer expertise across institutional boundaries. She was responsible for communicating with diverse stakeholder groups, conveying project goals, and tracking program progress.
She also has experience working in the non-profit sector for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, advocating for increased access to medicines and more equitable national and international drug pricing agreements.
The Health Policy Council
Nathan Bays is a Managing Director for Cain Brothers, where he serves as a senior banker in the Firm’s Health Systems M&A Group. Prior to joining Cain Brothers, Nathan was General Counsel and Executive Director of The Health Management Academy. Before joining The Health Management Academy, he served as legal counsel to hospitals, health systems and corporate clients on regulatory and transactional matters. He also worked with health systems and other healthcare providers on issues ranging from Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance to capital markets financing and mergers & acquisitions. Nathan earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and graduated from East Tennessee State University, with a degree in Finance.
Christopher E. Condeluci is principal and sole shareholder of CC Law & Policy PLLC in Washington, DC. Chris previously served as Tax and Benefits Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. During his time on the Finance Committee, Chris participated in the development of portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the health insurance exchanges, state insurance reforms, and the new taxes enacted under the law. He is one of the few senior Congressional staffers who actively participated in the health reform debate to join the private sector since the law’s enactment, and as a result, he possesses a unique level of expertise on matters relating to tax law, ERISA, and the ACA.
Tim is a nonresident fellow with the Center for Health Policy in Brookings’ Economic Studies program. He is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Delivery System Reform at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he led the agency’s work on drug spending issues, significant elements of the agency’s implementation of the new physician payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, creation of new payment models, and other topics. He was previously a senior adviser for health care policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he was responsible for coordinating administration activities in health care delivery system reform. Tim holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University.
ALEFIYAH MESIWALA, M.D.
Alefiyah Mesiwala, M.D., MPH, is the Senior Medical Director for Innovation and Value-based Care at the UPMC Health Insurance Services Division of UPMC Health System (UPMC), the second largest provider-owned integrated delivery and financing system in the country. At UPMC Health Plan, Dr. Mesiwala will be responsible for providing clinical leadership on an innovation-focused portfolio that oversees the design and implementation of alternative payment models that improve population health and furthers UPMC’s clinical integration goals. Dr. Mesiwala most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor on the White House National Economic Council. In that capacity, she led on the President’s healthcare team, advising and coordinating the Administration’s activities on delivery system reform, healthcare innovation, and the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Mesiwala was previously a medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (“CMMI”) and led the design and implementation of new payment reform models such as accountable care organizations and advised on delivery system reform priorities. She is a primary care physician with clinical training in General Medicine and Preventive Medicine and a Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. She received her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Michigan.
TEVI TROY, PH.D.
Tevi Troy is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and a writer and consultant on healthcare and domestic policy. Dr. Troy previously served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Troy was the chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a budget of $716 billion and over 67,000 employees. Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in several highlevel positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and then Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. In the latter position, he ran the Domestic Policy Council and was the White House’s lead adviser on health care, labor, education, transportation, immigration, crime, veterans and welfare. Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.