Practice Management Course

Negotiating Payer Contracts in the Age of Cost and Quality

Friday, October 5
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Terrace Ballroom 4 (level 400)

Category: Practice Management

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Costas H. Kefalas

Partner
Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc.
Akron, OH, US

Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACP, FACG, FASGE, AGAF, has been in private practice at Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc., in Akron, Ohio, since 2003. He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and is on the active staff at Summa Health in Akron. He serves as a Physician Director and as the Vice Chair of the Boards of Directors of Summa Health, Summa Health System Community, and Summa Health System. Dr. Kefalas completed a combined BS/MD program in 1997 at the University of Akron, where he was a University Scholar in the Honors Program, and at Northeast Ohio Medical University. In 2000, he completed an internal medicine residency at Summa Health. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 2003. In 2015, Dr. Kefalas earned a Master of Medical Management (MMM) degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kefalas is Chair of the ACG Board of Governors and serves on the ACG Board of Trustees. He has served the ACG as ACG Governor for Northern Ohio (2008-2014); Chair, ACG FDA Related Matters Committee (2009-2013); Chair, ACG Membership Committee (2014-2016); Chair, ACG Public Policy Task Force (2016); and Vice-Chair, ACG Legislative and Public Policy Council. Since 2011, Dr. Kefalas has served as an ACG representative to the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) and is the DDNC Immediate Past President. Dr. Kefalas co-founded the Ohio Gastroenterology Society (OGS) in 2009 and served as the OGS Founding President in 2011-2013. He has served as a Trustee of the Ohio Medical Quality Foundation from 2015-2017. Through his service with professional societies, Dr. Kefalas has had the opportunity to educate legislators and advocate on behalf of patients regarding gastrointestinal health and disease on multiple occasions, both in Ohio and Washington, D.C.

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