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Joseph Vasile
Joseph S. Vasile, MD, MBA

Title: President & Chief Executive Officer
Email: joseph.vasile@rochesterregional.org
Phone: 585.922.1511

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As President & Chief Executive Officer of Cognisight and GRIPA, Joe is responsible for providing the strategic insight necessary for Cognisight to maintain its leadership position in the risk adjustment market. He is an accomplished physician who possesses a unique combination of healthcare and business expertise.

Joe is a practicing physician who is Board Certified in Psychiatry with a subspecialty in Geriatric Psychiatry. He has held several hospital and administrative appointments including Chief of the Behavioral Health Network, Director of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services, Chief Psychiatrist for Geriatric Psychiatry, and Director of Acute Psychiatric Services.

Completing his undergraduate studies at Yale University, Joe received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Following a residency in Psychiatry at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh, Joe completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Christine D'Amico

Title: Executive Vice President 
Email: christine.d'amico@rochesterregional.org
Phone: 585.922.4887

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As Executive Vice President at Cognisight, Christine D’Amico is responsible for all corporate operations, including product and business development. Having previously served as Vice President of Business Development for Rochester Regional Health, she has over a decade of leadership experience and a consistent track record of exceptional performance with start-up, expansion, turnaround, and growth initiatives in healthcare, technology, and consumer sectors. Her entrepreneurial and visionary leadership has consistently provided a platform for developing and leading high performing teams that are laser-focused on client satisfaction, efficiency, and outcomes.

At Cognisight, Christine was instrumental in developing our IVA solution during the pilot year and worked closely with the entire team to ensure roles and responsibilities were clearly defined and aligned to a master work plan. She continues to work with both clients and internal resources to develop and improve operations and client relations while developing new business opportunities.

Christine earned her BS in Organizational Management at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Chetna Chandrakala

Title: Senior Vice President, Finance
Email: chetna.chandrakala@rochesterregional.org
Phone: 585.922.0026

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Chetna Chandrakala is the Senior Vice President of Finance for Cognisight and GRIPA. She has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of Finance, Accounting, HR, and Compliance across multiple countries and industries that include manufacturing, trading, power plants, insurance, and healthcare.

As a part of the Cognisight team since 2007, Chetna has oversight of all client contracts and agreements. She plays an integral role in pricing services and revenue management for Cognisight along with financial management, tax, audit, and management reporting responsibilities.

Chetna’s educational accomplishments and certifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Executive Management Course from the University of Chicago, Bachelors of Law, and Member of Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants and Company Secretaries.


Geremy Gersh

Title: Vice President, Information Technology 
Email: geremy.gersh@rochesterregional.org
Phone: 585.922.0030

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Geremy brings to GRIPA and Cognisight over 20 years of IT experience, of which last 10 years as Corporate Director, Data Platforms and Integration for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. He held the responsibility of leading a team of over 100 data engineers, architects, consultants, technologists, and analysts that were brought together to architect and build the Enterprise Data HUB for Excellus as well as maintain the current Data Warehouse.

Previously at Excellus he also served as the overall technical lead for the Express Scripts Implementation, Director of the Requirements Department and Solution Architect within Information Management Division. As a key advisor and direct report to the Chief Analytics and Data Officer, he provided technical advisement within the Analytics and Data Division. Geremy has had a diverse experience as an IT Consultant for IBM, CSC and General Dynamics, helping manage complex IT projects for Healthcare payers, Colleges and Universities, Federal and State Government Agencies and Financial Institutions.

Geremy has earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration from Clarkson University

Matt Jones
Matt Jones

Title: Chief Analytic Architect
Email: mjones@cognisight.com
Phone: 585.922.1496

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With more than 15 years' experience in the health care industry, Matt is Cognisight's Chief Analytic Architect. He oversees data operations to ensure the highest quality data for inputs and outputs of the analytic system and for the validity of meaningful internal and external reports.

Matt has worked at Cognisight since the company's inception and lead the development of its' proprietary analytic system. He regularly monitors and manages model and formula changes and conducts client-specific financial impact modeling. Matt also helps drive Cognisight's competitive edge by ensuring the analytics are contemporary, robust, and give maximum value to our clients.

Receiving his BA in mathematics, Matt is a graduate of Hartwick College. Through the years, he has worked with clinical research institutes, multiple hospital systems, and many health insurance organizations.


Jane Brownyard
Jane Brownyard

Title: Director, Account Management & Coding
Email: jbrownyard@cognisight.com
Phone: 585.662.4285

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Jane has more than 25 years' of experience. She oversees all account management and coding staff supporting risk adjustment chart reviews and is responsible for client invoicing and CMS client payment reconciliations.

Jane's expertise is in Medicare Advantage audit management, HCC risk management, business process improvement, and client support and provider relations. She works closely with the Chief Information Officer to coordinate data retrieval and timelines for completion of client chart reviews, customized reporting, and creation of RAPS files for submission to CMS.

Jane attended Monroe Community College where she pursued her Associates degree in accounting. She is a knowledge expert in all aspects of Cognisight and stays abreast of changes in HCC model and data enhancements.


Lynsie Tzimas
Lynsie Tzimas

Title: Director, PACE Services
Email: ltzimas@cognisight.com
Phone: 585.662.4264

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As Director of PACE Services at Cognisight, Lynsie oversees PACE Account Managers and all aspects of PACE client engagement (pre and post chart review), in addition to managing her own book of PACE clients. Her responsibilities also include leading, organizing, and directing activities for the Clinical Administrator, Chart Fee Administrator, and Scheduling Team. Furthermore, she spearheads Cognisight's continuous operational improvement process.

Lynsie has a deep understanding of the PACE environment and remains current with the market and its’ emerging regulatory impacts by regularly attending National PACE Association conferences and forums. She also has the unique ability to leverage our own hospital system's PACE program whenever necessary.

In addition to obtaining her BA in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo, Lynsie has completed several post graduate courses and an internship at ElderONE to gain a rich operational understanding of PACE program workings.


Carole Woods
Carole Woods

Title: Manager, Provider Documentation & Coding Education
Email: cwoods@cognisight.com
Phone: 585.662.4223

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Carole has  more than 20 years’ experience in coding, coding management, and healthcare compliance. In addition to mentoring and coaching her peers, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the department.

Carole’s particular expertise lies in data quality auditing/analysis and detecting errors in coding and how they subsequently impact reimbursements. While staying abreast of industry rules and regulations, Carole also provides clinical documentation improvement education to providers.

Receiving a degree in Health Information Technology, Carole is a graduate of Monroe Community College. Her credentials also include Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified in Risk Adjustment Coding (CRC), and AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer.


Erin Morgan

Title: Manager, Coding & Clinical Review
Email: emorgan@cognisight.com
Phone: 585.662.4215

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Erin has more than 8 years’ experience in coding and management and has held multiple quality control positions throughout her career. In her role as Manager of Coding and Clinical Review, Erin is responsible for overseeing all of Cognisight’s coding department operations. 

Having previously worked as a Technical Adjudicator for Medicare Part A East and West Second Level Appeals, Erin has extensive knowledge of CMS’ rules and regulations. With an expertise in medical necessity, ICD-9/10, and CPT/HCPCS code validation, she plays an integral role in Cognisight’s RADV audit team.  

As a graduate of Monroe Community College, Erin holds a degree in Health Information Technology. Her credentials include Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC).

Mark H. Belfer, DO, FAAFP

Title: Chief Medical Officer
Email: mark.belfer@rochesterregional.org
Phone: 585.922.1547

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As Chief Medical Officer at Cognisight and GRIPA, Mark is responsible for the Provider Relations, Care Management Services, and Provider Credentialing departments. His daily involvement includes medical practice and hospital management, strategic development and implementation, and quality improvement.

Mark’s expertise includes military and private practices. He is an accomplished family physician executive who has managed groups in hospital, community, state, and national organizations.

Earning his Bachelors of Science, Mark is a graduate of Michigan State University and received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.


Jennifer Briggs, CPA

Title: Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Email: jennifer.briggs@rochesterregional.org
Phone: 585.922.1585

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As a part of GRIPA’s leadership team since 2002, Jen is the Chief Operating & Financial Officer for GRIPA and Cognisight. As part of the senior management team, she is responsible for the operations of both companies. 

Jen brings a unique strength in creating enhanced innovative processes to maximize efficiencies for both GRIPA and Cognisight. With extensive health care industry experience, she is known for identifying and implementing opportunities for growth. She is highly regarded by GRIPA clients for her ability to analyze complex data metrics and highlight key cost saving initiatives. 

Prior to joining GRIPA and Cognisight, Jen worked for Ernst & Young in their corporate tax practice. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an accounting degree from Asbury University.