The Accountable Care Team, led by Katherine Barrett, is responsible for developing a coordinated strategy to advance accountable care in the Commonwealth by collaborating with the leaders of reforms in the payer and provider community, and partnering with senior policymakers at other state agencies. The AC team is responsible for fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement state certification programs for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), to promote the integration of behavioral health with primary care, and to develop policy recommendations to support these care delivery models. The team also works to advance accountable care through other avenues, such as enhancing data transparency, convening key stakeholders to better align models, and identifying key barriers and accelerators of reform.
About the Policy Director: AC
Katherine (Katie) Shea Barrett is the Policy Director for Accountable Care at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC). She is responsible for the agency’s work in supporting delivery system transformation through certification programs, payment modeling and policy development. She comes to the HPC from Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization, where she served as the Director of Public Payer Programs and Policy. In that role, she oversaw the operations and strategic development of the ACO’s Pioneer contract and work with both state and federal governments. Prior to her work at BIDCO, Katie was at BCBSMA for close to 4 years as a Senior Manager of Performance Measurement Policy and Innovations. At BCBSMA, she worked on the plan's development of a PPO payment reform model, a programmatic model for addressing health disparities, and the employer/member facing work related to the plan's seminal AQC model. Katie got her start in Massachusetts in state government as the Director of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council, overseeing the Council’s legislatively mandated work around the development of a cost containment strategy, a website on health care costs and quality and a number of quality-related initiatives including addressing disparities in healthcare. She also worked at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City for a number of years as a research associate to the president, where she focused on national health care policy and published numerous journal articles. She is passionate about ensuring high quality, affordable healthcare for all, especially low-income Americans. Katie holds both a BA and an MPH from Columbia University.