Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD
Faculty, Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health|
AtlantiCare/ Geisinger Medical Director
Post-Acute Services & LIFE Connection
Dr. Richard Stefanacci brings several unique perspectives to the discussion of long term care (LTC) management. To begin, he literally grew up in LTC; celebrating his 8th birthday in a nursing home that his family continues to own and operate today. As a practicing internist/geriatrician, he has a long-standing interest in and commitment to the frail elderly as his clinical practice solely focuses on nursing home eligible older adults through the PACE program (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly). He is currently engaged with a large health system in their development of a preferred skilled nursing home network of providers.
On the policy side, Dr. Stefanacci served as Health Policy Scholar for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He has combined his expertise in healthcare government policy and systems in his teaching position at Thomas Jefferson University in their Jefferson College of Population Health. In his academic role he has well over 500 publications in addition to delivering well over 1000 lectures both nationally and internationally.
An active member of all the LTC professional associations – Dr. Stefanacci has been active on both the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and AMDA Foundation Boards as well as being honored as an honorary lifetime member for ASCP and the National Association of Directors of Nursing. Finally, Dr. Stefanacci has achieved recognition as a fellow in both the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and American Geriatric Society as well as several national awards.
Dr Stefanacci’s greatest accomplishment is the Go4theGoal Foundation (www.Go4theGoal.org), a 501(c)(3) public charity that he founded with his family and friends when his oldest son Richard was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in May 2006. He developed the foundation with an intense focus after his son’s death on June 12, 2007. Since its inception, the foundation has raised several million dollars to assist hundreds of children affected by cancer at nearly 100 children’s hospitals across the country, while also funding cutting-edge research to find a cure.
His experience includes more than a decade as a medical director for various organizations, including a large primary care private practice, a full-risk provider group, a Medicare + Choice health maintenance organization, and, currently, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly in Philadelphia – Mercy LIFE.He has served as Health Policy Scholar for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he spent a year working on the policy and implementation of the pharmacy benefit. Immediately upon completing his appointment at CMS, Dr Stefanacci joined the faculty at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where he maintains an academic appointment in Health Policy.
Dr. Stefanacci’s greatest accomplishment is the Go4theGoal Foundation – www.Go4theGoal.org, a 501(c)3 public charity that he founded with his family and friends when his oldest son Richard was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in May 2006; he then developed the foundation with an intense focus after his son’s death on June 12, 2007. Since its inception, the foundation has raised well over a million dollars assisting hundreds of children affected by cancer at more than 30 children’s hospitals across the country, while also funding cutting-edge research to find a cure.