Chief Clinical Integration Officer & CEO
Dr. James P. Cardon is Hartford HealthCare’s (HHC’s) chief clinical integration officer and CEO of Integrated Care Partners, a clinical integration organization that includes HHC-employed physicians (Hartford HealthCare Medical Group) and private-practice physicians. Integrated Care Partners is responsible for improving access to care, developing and implementing evidence-based best practices, reducing variability of care and defining, measuring and managing clinical excellence for member physicians. Integrated Care Partners will engage with payers and employers to develop innovative payment methodologies to align financial incentives with clinical objectives.
Dr. Cardon, a cardiologist for more than 20 years, is a senior staff member of Hartford Hospital’s Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut. He previously was president of Cardiology PC, a seven-physician cardiology practice with offices in Farmington and Hartford. He also served as president of the Hartford Physician Association and the Hartford Physician Hospital Organization (HPHO). Founded in 1987, the HPHO is a value-driven organization committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective health services.
Dr. Cardon graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science from Boston College and earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Cardon is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Cardiovascular Disease. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Connecticut State Medical Association and the Hartford County Medical Association.
Hartford HealthCare is Connecticut’s only truly integrated health care system. With more than 18,000 employees and $2.4 billion in net revenue, the system offers the full continuum of care. Besides Integrated Care Partners, the system includes five-acute care hospitals, the state’s only air-ambulance service, one of the nation’s top medical training centers, behavioral health and rehabilitation services, a large physician group, research facilities, skilled-nursing and visiting-nurse services, a laboratory system that spans the state and a number of services for seniors, including senior living facilities.
Vice President & COO
Debra Hayes, a 20-year veteran of the health care industry in Massachusetts, is vice president and chief operating officer with responsibility for management and administrative services; maximizing physician performance as an accountable care organization; developing ICP’s organizational infrastructure; negotiating physician and facility managed-care contracts, risk arrangements and pay-for-performance contracts; managing the operations and the financial performance of members; and staffing and support.
Before coming to HHC, Debra was an independent consultant, assisting provider hospital organizations with clinical integration and developing and negotiating risk-sharing arrangements with health plans. She also spent four years as a senior consultant at the Massachusetts Healthcare Exchange, developing the exchange to meet the regulations established by health care reform. She also was responsible for overseeing the relationships between the state and the Medicare Managed Care organizations and successfully negotiated contracts to provide health insurance to uninsured Massachusetts residents. She spent 10 years at Tufts Health Plan in Waltham, Mass., as director of contracting and performance management with oversight of all commercial and Medicare contracting, budget development and strategic planning for a subset of the organization’s physician and hospital network. Debra has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Westfield State University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care from Suffolk University in Boston.
VP, Contracting & Payer Relations
Tricia Hasselman comes to ICP with a wealth of experience in medical-cost management, planning and forecasting, financial analysis and provider negotiation and contracting, as well as in developing networks with commercial insurers, Medicare and Medicaid.
In Tricia’s previous position with Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, she served as staff vice president of Medicaid Provider Engagement and Contracting. Previously, she was Aetna’s vice president of Medicaid Network Development and Medical Economics, with responsibility for the East Region of the United States. One of her many accomplishments in that role was to implement a cost-management process for the Medicaid Business Unit, increasing cost savings by 150 percent. Her other positions with Aetna included Medical Economics head for the Northeast, manager of Pricing and Compensation for the Northeast Region and financial consultant for Provider Pricing and Compensation.
Tricia graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, concentrating in computer science. She was a Fairfield Scholar and named to the Mathematics Honor Roll throughout her college career.
In the community, she has served in a number of roles, including board member with MARC: Community Resources Ltd., a Middletown-based organization that assists adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing them with opportunities for housing, employment and social activities.