Laurel Pickering, MPH
President & CEO
Laurel Pickering, MPH, is a nationally recognized authority on trends and innovations in the health benefits marketplace.
During her tenure at NEBGH, Ms. Pickering has focused on mobilizing the business community to drive improvement in healthcare, providing access to health insurance for small businesses by creating a health insurance exchange and organizing health plans to work together to improve quality. Recent initiatives include the New York Metro mental Health Collaborative One Voice, the New Jersey Gaps in Care Initiative and the Solutions Center. Ms. Pickering is Chair of the Board of Directors of the NEBGH subsidiary, HealthPass, a health insurance exchange for small businesses. NEBGH leads the Leapfrog Group regional rollout in the NY Metro area and Ms. Pickering is overseeing that initiative.
Ms. Pickering has served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and conducted research for Columbia and Emory Universities. She currently serves on NCQAâ€™s Standards Committee, the Board of Directors of The Leapfrog Group, National Business Coalition on Health, CDCâ€™s Business and Labor Responds to AIDS Board of Business and Labor Partners, the Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygieneâ€™s Advisory Council, and the Community Advisory Committee of the New York State Health Foundation.
Laurel received her BA from SUNY Albany, a Masters in Public Health from Emory University, and has been recognized as one of New Yorkâ€™s rising stars by Crains.
Frequent speaking topics: The role of employers in public health and delivery system reform; Employee health benefits; Healthcare quality; Small business healthcare, health promotion and wellness
Janaera J. GastĂłn, MPA
Director of Programs
Janaera GastĂłn manages NEBGHâ€™s educational arm and all related strategic partnerships. She staffs the organizationâ€™s Education Committee, Eldercare Task Force and the Total Health Management Pharmacy Purchasing Coalition.
Prior to joining NEBGH, Ms. GastĂłn was the acting director of development for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Greater New York, and held positions at Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital and Kings County Hospital Center.
With a BA from Syracuse University and her MPA from the City University of New York, Baruch College of Public Affairs, Ms. GastĂłn has represented NEBGH on advisory boards and guest lectured at local colleges on the employersâ€™ role in health care.
Frequent speaking topics: The role of employers in health care
Minalkumar Patel, MD, MPH
Dr. Minalkumar (Minal) Patel is a practicing physician and pioneer in applying business processes to medical management. Dr. Patelâ€™s served as Executive Medical Director for Quality Management and Clinical Innovations for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, where he was responsible for building Horizonâ€™s comprehensive care management programs and leading the plan through the complex accreditation processes with NCQA and URAC. He also served as President and COO of Horizon Healthcare of New York, a 200,000 member subsidiary of Horizon BCBSNJ.
In 2006, Dr. Patel founded Care Management International, an innovative care management company that delivers utilization management, case management, disease management, pharmacy management, and data analysis services to healthcare companies. He also serves as a consultant with McKinsey and Company providing corporate strategy counsel to pharmaceutical and other health care clients.
Dr. Patel received his BA, and MD from Boston University and completed his medical residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital. He joined the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University and the medical staff at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital in 1998.
Frequent speaking topics: Innovations in care management; Containing costs and improving clinical quality; How health insurance can create value in the world of health reform; Physicians in business roles
Jeremy J. Nobel, MD, MPH
Dr. Nobel designs health care management and delivery systems that focus on cost and quality concerns. Working with employers, government, and other purchasers, as well as health plans and providers, he develops and evaluates computer based information technology applications that coordinate critical aspects of healthcare delivery, support optimal practice patterns, and improve patient satisfaction. His contributions to this field span twenty years, and include providing health policy insight to the landmark Institute of Medicine of 1991 study addressing the automated patient record, which helped launch the Electronic Health Record (EHR) movement.
Dr. Nobelâ€™s work specifically encompasses the use of technologies to better coordinate information flow between patients, providers, payers and purchasers, including electronic health records, personal health records, interactive web-sites, remote physiologic monitoring, hand-held devices, â€śsmartâ€ť registries, and related software applications.
Dr. Nobel is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine with Masterâ€™s Degrees in Epidemiology and Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University within the Science and Human Affairs program. He received his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his internal medicine residency at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.
Frequent speaking topics: Use of technology in healthcare management