About Us

How It Started

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are at the forefront of the move from volume-based fee-for-service models to value based care. But they have been struggling in the chaotic environment of changing regulations and increasing risk-bearing responsibilities formerly reserved just for insurance companies. Providers want to focus on patient care. They didn’t set out to specialize in financial matters.

Both independent physician-led ACOs and health system ACOs face their own set of challenges. And both need help optimizing across value based care programs, such as MSSP / Pathways, Next Gen / GPDC, and Medicare Advantage.

Validate Health was launched to help solve this problem. It was founded by Andrew Webster and David Portnoy in 2017, who had a common vision of leveraging actuarial methods, computer simulation and national healthcare data to give ACOs the tools that health insurers have taken decades to develop.

Launching Our Vision

Launching Our Vision

Andrew Webster MS, ASA, MAAA
Andrew is a credentialed actuary, specializing in payer contract modeling (including MSSP, Next Gen, Direct Contracting, Medicare Advantage and commercial), forecasting shared savings under different decision scenarios, and risk hedging strategies to lock in expected outcomes. He serves as the actuarial advisor to the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), quantifying the financial impact of policy changes, providing due diligence for recommendations to regulators at CMS and CMMI, and designing methodologies for analyzing nationwide datasets.
David Portnoy, MBA
As Chief Technology Officer, David brings his passion for building computer simulations of CMS’s accountable care models. He also orchestrates data assets from nationwide claims and healthcare market intelligence. Prior to Validate, David served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the parent agency of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). He focused on data interoperability and founded a program to deliver valuable data generated by HHS agencies (including CMS, FDA, NIH and CDC) to industry and researchers.

Our Vision

Leverage actuarial methods, computer simulation and national data to enable the move to accountable care.

HOW FAR WE’VE COME

We pledged to serve only accountable care healthcare providers. Staying focused on the mission allows us to be tuned in to the needs of ACOs, so we can quickly incorporate the latest CMS/CMMI regulations and market trends into our models.

Our team consists of actuaries, regulatory and health policy specialists, CMS and private payer data experts, statistician data scientists, and software developers, all working to create solutions to address the obstacles facing ACOs. Over the years we’ve built a portfolio of computer models to simulate CMS programs and contracts, as well as developing unique data assets unmatched in the industry.

WHAT’S NEXT

Simplify, simplify, simplify. Our goal is to enable ACOs to tackle complicated decisions with many moving parts and unknowns by boiling them down to a matrix of possible outcomes. To make a decision, an ACO just needs to understand the likely return on investment, risk exposure and time horizon. We will continue on our vision to drive innovation in healthcare care as we help move the industry towards the triple aim, balancing the goals of population health, patient experience, and cost of care.

Validate Health What's Next

Join us as we drive innovation in accountable care to move the industry towards healthcare’s “triple aim”.

JOIN OUR TEAM

Want to make a tangible difference in the future of healthcare?

Love applying the latest technologies and statistical models to solve tough problems?

Looking for a fulfilling career that gives you autonomy, mastery and purpose?

We are a small team of data scientists, actuaries, programmers and healthcare economics experts who love what we do and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Join us!  » Open Positions

JOIN OUR TEAM

Want to make a tangible difference in the future of healthcare?

Love applying the latest technologies and statistical models to solve tough problems?

Looking for a fulfilling career that gives you autonomy, mastery and purpose?

We are a small team of data scientists, actuaries, programmers and healthcare economics experts who love what we do and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Join us!  » Open Positions

Validate Health Team