The Negotiator: Carl Schuessler Jr. (Part II)

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part discussion with Mr. Schuessler. We found this discussion so relevant to today’s healthcare challenges, we decided not to leave anything behind. You may find part one here.  

As Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Mitigate Partners, a risk management, cost containment and employee benefits consulting firm, Carl Schuessler leads a consortium of 30+ employee benefit consulting and brokerage firms. Carl brings more than 30 years of experience in benefits consulting and financial services to the field, and pioneered the fiduciary approach to benefits advisory services. His passion for fixing the problem of runaway health-care costs in this country, and his desire to treat the employer’s money as his own led him through years of research culminating in the development of his proprietary FairCo$t Health Plan. This innovative plan design seamlessly integrates 20+ cost containment solutions with a high-performance health-care solutions platform. This combination provides first-class benefits at substantially lower costs to employers all while realizing better clinical outcomes for plan members. A founding Health Rosetta Charter Certified Advisor, Carl has been nationally recognized for his work in creating localized, employer-built, health-care plans. By removing misaligned incentives, directing care based on quality and cost, and, ultimately, helping courageous employers fix their plans, companies are saving 15-to-30 percent in their healthcare spend. An accomplished speaker, Carl often rallies audiences with stories of how Mitigate Partners are challenging Wall Street (insurer-built) health plans by creating Main Street (employer-built) health plans and bending the healthcare cost curve.

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The Negotiator: Carl Schuessler Jr. (Part I)

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part discussion with Mr. Schuessler. We found this discussion so relevant to today’s healthcare challenges, we decided not to leave anything behind. 

As Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Mitigate Partners, a risk management, cost containment and employee benefits consulting firm, Carl Schuessler leads a consortium of 30+ employee benefit consulting and brokerage firms. Carl brings more than 30 years of experience in benefits consulting and financial services to the field, and pioneered the fiduciary approach to benefits advisory services. His passion for fixing the problem of runaway health-care costs in this country, and his desire to treat the employer’s money as his own led him through years of research culminating in the development of his proprietary FairCo$t Health Plan. This innovative plan design seamlessly integrates 20+ cost containment solutions with a high-performance health-care solutions platform. This combination provides first-class benefits at substantially lower costs to employers all while realizing better clinical outcomes for plan members. A founding Health Rosetta Charter Certified Advisor, Carl has been nationally recognized for his work in creating localized, employer-built, health-care plans. By removing misaligned incentives, directing care based on quality and cost, and, ultimately, helping courageous employers fix their plans, companies are saving 15-to-30 percent in their healthcare spend. An accomplished speaker, Carl often rallies audiences with stories of how Mitigate Partners are challenging Wall Street (insurer-built) health plans by creating Main Street (employer-built) health plans and bending the healthcare cost curve.

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The Specialist: Jayesh Shah, MD, UHM(ABPM), CWSP

Dr. Jayesh B. Shah is an award-winning wound care and hyperbaric physician in active clinical practice. He is Columbia trained and certified in Wound Management, Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, American College of Physicians and American College of Clinical Wound Specialist. He is a superb educator with extensive speaking experience. He is the President of South Texas Wound Associates, where he provides clinical wound care services in San Antonio since past 22 years. He is the President of TIMEO2 Healing Concepts, LLC, which provides consulting and education services in wound care and hyperbaric medicine; Medical Director of Wound Healing Center at Northeast Baptist Hospital and Mission Trail Baptist Wound Healing Center in San Antonio, Texas; Past President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine;
Past President American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin; Past President of Bexar County Medical Society; current Board of Trustees Member of Texas Medical Association, Current AMA Delegate from Texas; Current Board Member and Regional Director of International Skin Tear Advisory Panel.

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The Entrepreneur: Richard Sztramko, MD

Richard Sztramko practices Geriatric and Internal Medicine at St. Peter’s and Juravinski Hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario.  He is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University.  He is the co- founder of Arya EHR (Electronic Health Record) and Handover, a cutting-edge health tech company rapidly expanding throughout Canada in hospitals and outpatient clinics.  He has served as the Chief Medical Officer of a publicly traded remote chronic disease management company called Reliq Health TSX: V (RHT), and currently consults for US-based Kerna Health. 

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The Analyst: Saba Rizvi, MD, FAAEM

Dr. Saba Rizvi is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and did her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She has been a practicing Board Certified Emergency Physician for the past 11 years, holding licenses in both Colorado and Texas. 

Dr. Rizvi has worked in a variety of practice settings, including Level 1 trauma centers to rural community hospitals in places like Delta, Colorado. She also served as an ER Medical Director for three years in Austin, Texas.

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The Listener – Scott Abramson, MD

Scott Abramson joined Northern California Kaiser Permanente in July 1979 where (as of July 2016,) he has been on Neurology staff for the last 37 years. He did his Residency in Neurology and Neurophysiology at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn N.Y. He attended medical school at University of Georgia in Augusta. He did undergraduate training at Cornell University, and graduated high school from the illustrious Georgia Military Academy in College Park, Georgia.

For over 20 years Dr. Abramson had been passionately involved in the communication and physician wellness projects at Kaiser Permanente where he has been on the regional board of physicians for these endeavors. He has delivered dozens of workshops in this arena and personally coached scores of physicians and staff. He has written and developed programs on time management, physician to patient communication, physician to physician communication, and staff to physician communication. Dr. Abramson also writes a monthly column on communication issues and physician health and wellness that is online available to all Kaiser physicians. He has delivered Grand rounds to various audiences on such topics as professional satisfaction, teamwork, difficult conversations, presentation skills, and his favorite, “The Secret of Happiness.”

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The Educator – Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP

Dr. Windy Cole is a native Ohioan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati where she graduated summa cum laude. She is also an honors graduate from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Cole has practiced in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years. She serves as the Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Wound Management. She has been a dedicated wound care advocate for two decades with interests focused on medical education, diabetic foot care, wound care, limb salvage, & clinical research. Her passion to help others has led her to participate in humanitarian efforts including a medical mission to Jordan in 2018 to aid the large Syrian refugee population seeking asylum from civil war. Dr. Cole has published numerous articles on these topics and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. She is a feature writer for Podiatry Management and Today’s Wound Clinic as well as a contributing writer for Podiatry Today. She is an Editorial Board member of Wound Management and Prevention, Podiatry Today, The Foot Journal and Lower Extremity Review. She is a wound care advocate on the forefront of technology-driven research. She sits on the advisory board of multiple emerging biotech companies and has been integral in collaborating on innovative research protocols in the space.

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The Reverend: Marta Illueca, MD

Dr. Marta Illueca was born in New York and grew up in Central America. A physician and bi-vocational priest, she holds post doctoral graduate degrees from Cornell University Medical College, Yale Divinity School and Tufts University. Marta’s research is on spiritual wellness and healing with focusing on the use of prayer as a therapeutic intervention for chronic pain. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, she currently is deployed to the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in Wilmington. Marta who is fluent in Spanish, grew up in a multicultural environment, and oversees the translations of diocesan messages in the Delaware area.

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The Teacher: Brent Lacey, MD

Dr. Brent Lacey is a gastroenterologist who is passionate about helping physicians succeed with business and personal finances.  As a physician, he understands how overwhelming it can be to step out of clinical training and into a career, and he has seen firsthand the lack of education on how to run a practice and manage finances.  He has coached hundreds of families to succeed in eliminating debt and has spoken to physician groups around the country on topics related to business and personal finance.  That’s also why he founded The Scope of Practice website.  His goal is to help physicians learn how to manage their businesses successfully and master their personal finances.

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The Mediator: Deb Roman, DO

Deb Roman is a Board Certified Family Physician. She offers integrative medicine consultations and hands-on osteopathic medicine to individuals of all ages. She integrates advanced training in nutrition, mindful practice and meditation, biodynamic osteopathy, yoga and integrative medicine into her work. She is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She is the founder of Rediscovering Meaning In Our Work – a consulting and educational program with a focus on the well-being of physicians and medical school students. She teaches workshops, organizes retreat-like conferences, shares presentations, provides consultations to individuals and organizations and facilitates discussion groups. Dr. Roman is a Meaningful Work Peer Consultant, offering consultations to physicians and other healthcare professionals who would like to work individually with a peer to explore ways to ease stress, cultivate well-being and practice medicine in a way that is meaningful.

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