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Optimum Physician Alliance Names 2014 Chair, Vice Chair of Physician Leadership Board

Released: 1/13/2014

The Optimum Physician Alliance (OPA) announced that John J. Bodkin, II, MD and Evelyn Hurvitz, MD, FAAP, have been appointed chair and vice chair of the Physician Leadership Board (PLB). In addition, Phillip M. Stegemann, MD has been added as board member. These appointments were effective January 1, 2014.

OPA is a physician-led, evidence-based network of physicians committed to providing high-quality, efficient health care in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Kaleida Health. The PLB provides clinical oversight to OPA.

Dr. Bodkin was re-elected as chair of the PLB for a second one-year term. †He is a family physician with Highgate Medical Group, PC and is a member of the University at Buffalo Deanís Advisory Council, the Buffalo Physician Editorial Board, and an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the University at Buffalo Medical Association.

Dr. Hurvitz was appointed as vice chair after serving on the PLB for over a year. Dr. Hurvitz is a pediatric physician with Tonawanda Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Hurvitz serves on the HealthNow Quality Improvement Committee and is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Women & Childrenís Hospital of Buffalo.

Dr. Stegemann, chief of orthopaedics at Erie County Medical Center, will join the PLB as a member. Dr. Stegemann is an associate professor of clinical orthopaedics for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and serves on the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

About Optimum Physician Alliance
The Optimum Physician Alliance (OPA) is a physician-led, evidence- based network of physicians committed to providing high-quality, efficient health care. OPA is a collaborative partnership between the physicians, hospital system and the health plan. The overarching goal of clinical integration is to continuously improve the quality of care provided to patients, while simultaneously controlling the costs of healthcare services provided. Improving clinical outcomes and operational efficiencies provides opportunities to share cost savings driven by a more efficient delivery system.

About the Physician Leadership Board
The Physician Leadership Board (PLB) is a group of physicians that provides oversight to the Optimum Physician Alliance. Board members are committed to supporting efficient, high-quality, cost-effective, evidence-based health care that is backed by published national guidelines and governed by the principles of patient-centered health care.††††††††