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CTC Clinical Strategy Committee Charter

The Clinical Strategy Committee (CSC) is a working subcommittee of the CTC Board of Directors. The purpose of the CSC is to enhance the ability of CTC participating practices and related systems of care to achieve improved quality and reduced costs. This is accomplished by leveraging the multi-payer / multi-organizational framework to identify and test clinical and financial strategies that improve affordability, quality, patient experience, and care team capacity and satisfaction. Where relevant, participants will facilitate transparent sharing of performance data on clinical quality, patient experience, cost as well as efforts to further strengthen comprehensive primary care including integration with specialists, behavioral health integration, and work to assess and mitigate unmet social needs that impact on health.


  • Design, implement, and study initiatives to reduce total cost of care, improve quality and patient experience for the populations served by the associated organizations and systems of care. Share successes and challenges in improving care team experience and reducing administrative burden working with regulators, as appropriate to help facilitate these efforts.
  • Working with systems of care, accelerate learning and spread of best practices.
  • Accomplish rapid translation of learning to all CTC practices preparing all practices for population and value based payment. How to best accomplish this will be part of the charge to the committee.
  • Collectively study optimal use of common data elements for timely reporting, actionable information, financial and cost management, and change of culture and practice. 
  • Share best practices in regards to understanding costs, managing data effectively, identifying and engaging with high-risk patients, implementing a high-value referral network, and other strategies for population health management.
  • Actively support and provide guidance to innovation work with community health teams, integrated behavioral health, and efforts to assess and mitigate social determinants of health.

Meetings and Membership

A health plan and a practice / system of care representative would serve as committee co-chairs and set the agenda. Membership is open to leaders of primary care practices, systems of care, specialists, health plans, relevant state agencies, and other potential collaborators. Each participating health plan and Accountable Care Organization / Entity is encouraged to send at least one representative.

The committee meetings are scheduled monthly and will meet at least 8 times per year.

If interested in attending, please contact Pano Yeracaris at


Meeting Frequency

3rd Friday Monthly


Brown Physician Patient Center 
375 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence, RI


Matthew J. Collins, M.D., M.B.A.
VP Clinical Integration
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Andrew Saal, MD MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Providence Community Health Centers



"CTC-RI Clinician Well-Being Survey Results" presented by Pano Yeracaris MD MPH, Chief Clinical Strategist, Care Transformation Collaborative of RI on April 19, 2019
"BCBS RI Healthcare Costs" presented by Matthew J Collins, M.D., M.B.A., VP Clinical Integration, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island on April 19, 2019
"Integra CHF Post Discharge Disease Management Program" presented by Tara Higgins, Clinical Pharmacy Director at Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation on April 19, 2019
"PCHC AE Never Seen: ‘Cold Call’ Pilot" presented by J. I. Gates, MD, Director of Integrated Care Delivery, Providence Community Health Centers on March 15, 2019
"Coastal Medical Clinician Well-Being in a Primary Care ACO" presented by Ed McGookin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Coastal Medical on February 15, 2019
CTC-RI ACP SAN Pilot Program Flyer
HVCC Assistance Sample Practice Action Steps 2018
High-Value Care Coordination Practice Agreement 2018



AMI's Integrated Chronic Pain Program Presentation
Care Management Epic Presenation
CSCC Project Updates 6/17/16
Defining and Measuring Primary Care Access in Inegra
March Breakfast of Champions Feedback
CTC 2016 Report on Program Performance
eConsult Presentation
Update on Access Discussion

Our Mission

The mission of the Care Transformation Collaborative is to lead the transformation of primary care in Rhode Island in the context of an integrated health care system; and to improve the quality of care, the patient experience of care, the affordability of care, and the health of the populations we serve.