Future-Proofing Chronic Condition Management: Blended Care Models

  • December 08, 2020
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
  • Online

In the age of COVID-19, health care providers have been forced to limit in-person visits given the susceptibility of people with chronic illness. They have responded by developing telehealth strategies to complement their traditional in-person methods of care delivery. The success of these efforts has set the stage for permanent blended care models purpose built for improving patient outcomes for individuals with chronic illness. One high-efficacy model incorporates expert virtual clinical coaching & remote patient monitoring in conjunction with in-person visits. As an illustration, the evolution of diabetes care during the pandemic underscores the value of blended care models across key stakeholders: patients, providers and health insurance providers.

This webinar will provide a forum for health care thought leaders to express their views on how to make the promise of collaborative, blended care the norm for people with chronic illness. This event will feature leaders from the health insurance provider, health care provider, and start-up communities to underscore the need for both rich dialogue and collaboration to disrupt the status quo of chronic care delivery and establish blended care as the new normal post-COVID.

Attendees will take away the importance of establishing innovative blended diabetes care delivery model to improve access, affordability, and patient experience:

  • Current limitations and gaps of existing care delivery models and mainstream programs, have been exacerbated by COVID-19
  • Telehealth can complement in-person care delivery for diabetes and related chronic conditions
  • Hyper individualized nature of managing diabetes or related chronic conditions requires an individualized response to disease management
  • Expert clinicians such as Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialists can play an expanded role in filling gaps and providing education in-between visits with specialty providers
  • Actions payers must take to assemble a portfolio of care and support options to optimize outcomes for their members


Elizabeth Bierbower

Beth Bierbower is a strategic leader with more than thirty years of proven executive level experience in the health insurance industry, known for her ability to identify and capitalize on emerging trends such as consumerism and digital technology and for creating strategic partnerships with companies to drive scale and growth.

As Segment President and a member of Humana’s Executive Management Team, Beth led the Group Commercial, Military and Specialty Benefits lines covering 11m members.  Previously Beth held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Humana’s Specialty Benefits division and was an Enterprise Vice President leading Humana’s Product Development and Innovation teams.

Beth holds a Master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University where she graduated with highest honors and is the author of Engage! A Guide to Engaging Your Consumers in Their Health and Busy Bee: Queen Bee.

David Weingard
CEO & Founder
Cecelia Health

David was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 36 while training for an endurance race. After the initial shock of the diagnosis, he committed to rebuilding his life and providing positive energy to the diabetes community. His experience receiving meaningful education and support from a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) sparked the idea for a company that would marry the personal touch and expertise of CDEs with technology. David left Microsoft to launch Cecelia Health, named in honor of the CDE who empowered him to live a full life with diabetes.

Kenneth Snow, MD
Clinical Portfolio Medical Director
Transformation Team CVS Health

Kenneth Snow is Clinical Portfolio Medical Director in the Transformation Section of CVS Health.   His focus is on the advancement of the CVS Health clinical strategy to improve the health of our customers and the quality of care they receive.  He also serves as Medical Director for Healthagen Outcomes overseeing projects for external clients with attention to analytical results and clinical conclusions.

Dr. Snow attended MIT and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospitals in Chicago and his fellowship in Endocrinology at the New England Medical Center Hospitals in Boston.  He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

Ruth Weinstock, MD
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Medicine at Upstate Medical University

Dr. Weinstock is Division Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at SUNY Upstate (1994-present), as well as Medical Director of the Clinical Research Unit (2011-present). Dr. Weinstock founded the Joslin Diabetes Center at Upstate in 1995. The Center is the only comprehensive diabetes program serving more than 25,000 adult and pediatric patients across 20 counties. Under Dr. Weinstock’s leadership, Joslin has been designated a Diabetes Center of Excellence by the New York State Department of Health, making it the only hospital-based program between Albany and Buffalo to earn this distinction.

Bharath Thankavel, MD
Medical Director, Value Based Care
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

As Medical Director of value based care at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), Dr. Thankavel is well positioned to make a difference. Working in tandem with BCBSTX’s sales and account management, network, strategy, and community relations teams he helps to support the company’s interactions throughout Texas. His role helps further incorporate physician insights into the creation of the company’s new health care delivery models, such as accountable care organizations.

Dr. Bharath Thankavel is a physician leader who is passionate about transforming the health care system through innovative strategies.  He received his bachelor degree in biology from Baylor University, followed by his medical degree from Saint George’s University and did his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida.