Joseph A. Welfeld, FACHE

Mr. Welfeld is currently President of the The Welfeld Group, LLC. Mr. Welfeld provides market strategy, business development and advisory services to emerging healthcare technology organizations. He also has been actively involved in the development of alternate reimbursement models such as Accountable Care (ACO) and Episodes of Care/Bundling. He has worked with “C” level executives advising on the development of regional approaches to technology deployment, including Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE), as well as physician alignment and consumer engagement strategic initiatives.

Mr. Welfeld was Vice President for RelayHealth – a Division of McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 16 company. RelayHealth is the nation’s leader in secure, online patient-physician communications and health information exchange platforms. Mr. Welfeld was responsible for assisting clients in developing their health information exchange, physician relations and connectivity strategies. His team of deployment specialists and project managers was responsible for the deployment of the RelayHealth service to approximately 60 health system clients in the eastern U.S. using RelayHealth’s SaaS front-end application, or via interfaces to any EMR system.

Mr. Welfeld joined RelayHealth in 2005 after spending four and one half years as Program Director of the Graduate Program in Health Administration at Long Island University’s Rockland Graduate Campus. He taught graduate level courses and worked with graduate students on case studies and Thesis projects. Concurrently, he was a business strategy and development consultant.

In a previous position, Mr. Welfeld was CEO of Affiliated Physicians Network, a regional physician network focusing on oncology managed care and clinical research. In that role, Mr. Welfeld assisted the organization in developing a comprehensive breast cancer case rate agreement with Oxford Specialty Management Company. Affiliate Physicians Network was also recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a community oncology network for clinical research.

In addition, Mr. Welfeld has been a consultant in managed care contracting and strategic planning both as an independent consultant and with a number of national and regional health care consulting firms.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Welfeld was a Regional Vice President for United Healthcare and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean State Physicians Health Plan in Providence, RI. In these capacities he led United to prominence in the New England managed care market and led Ocean State to #5 on the INC 500 list of the fastest growing privately held corporations in the United States.

Mr. Welfeld is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College/Mt. Sinai Medical School in NYC, and has written “Managed Care Contracting – A Guide for the Health Care Provider” – published by the American Hospital Publishing Corp. in 1996.

He has been a member of national advisory committees for both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association and has made presentations at national and regional conferences of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Medical Group Association, the National Managed Healthcare Congress, and the Medical Group Management Association.