With over 10 years of experience as an executive and consultant in public and nonprofit hospital systems and health plans, Jacey has worked at the forefront of public health system redesign with experience in Medicaid Waiver Programs, hospital transformation, delivery system redesign and integration, managed care, strategic planning, process improvement, government relations, and public policy.
Through Meridian Healthcare Partners, Jacey is currently leading the transfer of Kern Medical Center, a 222 bed acute care teaching hospital, from a county department to a separate independent hospital authority. She led the drafting and passing of the state legislature enabling the creation of the hospital authority, in addition to acting as the principal in infrastructure planning, transaction due diligence, transfer management process, and negotiating the terms of the transfer with the County and all employee unions.
Furthermore, Jacey has been an integral part of three California State Medicaid Waivers and was responsible for the design, implementation and/or management of the Health Care Coverage Initiative, Low Income Health Program, Affordable Care Act transition and Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) for Kern County in California. Jacey also serves as a government relations and public policy liaison for multiple national, state and local agencies.
Through DSRIP, Kern Medical Center embarked on 17 projects, including 178 milestones and tracked over 30 outpatient quality measures over 5 years and received $122M. Jacey was responsible for overall system design, planning and implementation, as well as, specific program initiatives. Her overall program focus was on system integration, care coordination, preventive health and at-risk populations, leading programs like the Physical and Behavioral Health Integration initiative, HIV Retention Program and complex care management program for frequent users of the emergency room. See Meridian’s Sustainable Solutions for Medicaid Waiver Programs page to learn more about program design, project outcomes and overall system impact.
Jacey has also served as the Executive Director of two health plans, a low income county wide health plan for indigent patients, as well as a self-insured Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO). In these roles she provided executive leadership, strategic planning, provider network design, benefit management, system integration and operational oversight. For the indigent care program she was able to reduced medical cost of the program by 41% in four years and administrative cost by 23%, resulting in cost savings and efficiencies.
Jacey currently serves on multiple local, state and national healthcare committees, boards and policy platforms. She has also participated in national training programs such as America’s Essential Hospitals Fellowship program, Kaiser Permanente’s Performance Improvement Institute and UCLA’s Geriatric Mini-Fellowship and Leadership and Management in Geriatrics Program. Most recently she received a certificate for completion of a multidimensional Population Health Management Program, focused on the framework, technology, integration and care management program design, as well as business imperatives of sustainable and successful Population Health Management programs.
Prior to working in healthcare, Jacey worked as the west coast Regional Product Manager with CS STARS/Marsh Inc. designing and implementing custom software solutions to assess risk and improve the effectiveness of its client’s risk management program. Jacey graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S in Political Science.
Jacey loves to travel and has visited five of seven continents, determined to get to the last two. She also enjoys attending college and professional sporting events – not to mention the endless hours of children’s sporting events she attends with her four children.