Laura Zaremba

Laura Zaremba

Laura Zaremba is an experienced professional and health policy expert who specializes in strategy and management of structural and process change across complex organizations and interdisciplinary teams.  She has an extensive background overseeing technology-driven programs and policy initiatives with more than 20 years of experience in public sector and nonprofit management. She has held leadership positions in multiple state agencies, including the Office of the Governor and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the single state Medicaid agency.

Laura joined HMA from Trexin Consulting, where she provided strategic consultation on health care transformation initiatives, including state and federal health policy, as well as support for program implementation, regulatory planning, and compliance. She led projects and developed services to support payer and provider clients with new business models and organizational changes related to the transition from volume-based to value-based and accountable care.

At the Illinois Governor’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation, Laura chaired a statewide data and technology work group responsible for recommending policy and technical specifications for health information technology to support healthcare reform. She led the proposal team that developed Illinois’ Health Innovation Plan for the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) program to achieve better health outcomes, improve healthcare quality, and reduce costs across multiple payers.

As deputy director at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Laura oversaw operations of the state’s Medicaid and child support enforcement agency, with accountability for a $16 billion budget, 2,500 employees, and services to 2.5 million beneficiaries. She developed and implemented health information technology initiatives, including a statewide grant program and Illinois’ Medicaid health information technology plan. She led the drafting and enactment of the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act, which established statewide service available to healthcare providers to exchange health information and transmit public health data.

At the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology, Laura led a four year, federally-funded project to establish and sustain a statewide health information exchange network. She spearheaded the state’s efforts to promote health information technology adoption and implement statewide infrastructure to improve healthcare quality and outcomes. She worked with hundreds of provider, public health, and advocacy organizations to develop the state’s health information exchange (HIE) strategic and operational Plan, develop benchmarks, and evaluate program impact. She was designated by the governor as the state’s health information technology coordinator.

Laura began her career in healthcare as a legislative associate with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, analyzing scope of practice for advanced practice nurses and supporting government affairs initiatives. She has served on the board of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority, Illinois Rural HealthNet and the governor’s Healthcare Reform Implementation Council. She is also a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Laura earned her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Off-hours, you will usually find Laura running to keep up with her very active family and their long list of sporting, arts, and community activities – and loving every moment of them.

Matt McGeorge

A results-oriented leader, Matt McGeorge brings an array of experience in the healthcare industry to HMA.

Matt possesses expertise in staff administration, program development and expansion, and vendor management. He is a creative problem solver motivated by challenges with a track record of leading project teams to success in numerous endeavors.

Prior to joining HMA, Matt served as the Health Information Technology coordinator at the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program. In that role he led administration and oversight of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid EHR incentive program that has disbursed hundreds of millions of dollars to thousands of eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals. He partnered with state HIT colleagues and key stakeholders to promote adoption and use of electronic health records as well as to increase Health Information Exchange (HIE) transactions between providers.

Matt also ensured the program was in compliance with federal guidelines by developing and updating Pennsylvania’s State Medicaid Health IT Plan as well as submitting requests for federal funding to implement the plan. He also directed the development of a system and process to collect and analyze clinical data for the EHR incentive program and to support other quality initiatives.

As a provider relations manager at Magellan Health Services, Matt conducted educational forums and issue resolution activities with network behavioral health providers to increase use of electronic claim filing and self-service tool systems. His other work experience includes the development and oversight of a community-based specialized personal care home program to support individuals who had lived in institutional settings, such as the Harrisburg State Hospital.

Matt received his Master of Health Administration from Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Science from the University of Kentucky. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Matt lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife and two children — and a cat, two dogs, two guinea pigs, six fish and two birds. When not feeding the animals, he enjoys kayaking on the Susquehanna River during the warmer months.

Jim McEvoy

Jim McEvoy is accomplished in architecting robust technology solutions for state agencies, health plans and service providers. Jim understands the substantial role data will play in the future of healthcare delivery and works to inform clients around data-driven decisions. He is an experienced project manager and business strategist who has successfully led all phases of diverse Medicaid technology projects. With deep knowledge of CMS reporting, waiver management and pharmacy data, Jim aligns business goals to deliver groundbreaking healthcare IT solutions.

As a vendor for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Jim managed projects to develop web-based enrollment tools, federal reporting tools and data warehousing strategies for the department’s 1915(c) waivers, health home projects, autism state plan amendment, and home and community-based services projects. He mitigated risk factors through careful analysis of data and a flexible technical solution set. He anticipated and managed change effectively in rapidly evolving business environments and the transfer of knowledge among different departmental units. Jim defined processes and tools best suited to each project and moved between agile and waterfall approaches depending on project specifics and client goals. He created detailed project road maps, plans, schedules and work breakdown structures.

Jim has been the subject matter expert for Michigan’s pharmacy data warehousing strategy. He oversaw inbound data loads, pharmacy encounter processing, and extracts to health plans and Michigan’s fee-for-service pharmacy benefits manager. With significant experience in systems engineering, Jim led the design, development and rollout of approximately 40 extract, transformation and load (ETL) processes and a dozen web applications for clients with the state of Michigan.

Jim had the privilege of serving as the project manager for the CareConnect360 web application. This tool is responsible for delivering Medicaid claims and encounters information to a diverse user audience, including health plans, community mental health agencies, health home providers and foster care workers. It currently serves seven different business units inside of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Jim received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Jim lives in the Lansing area with his wife and three children. They can often be found camping or at an MSU football game. When not doing those things, Jim is a rehabilitating runner and co-hosts MSU’s least topical sports podcast.