BRANDON – Dr. Carrie Wulfman, MD, a family medicine physician of 30 years currently practicing at Brandon Primary Care, has been named chief medical officer (CMO) of OneCare Vermont.
Dr. Wulfman will continue to practice at the Brandon facility while holding the position of CMO at OneCare Vermont, which is based in Colchester. As OneCare’s CMO, Dr. Wulfman will provide overall clinical leadership and direction and serve as the senior clinical representative with the government, commercial insurers, and the public.
“I’m excited to bring my 30 years of experience in primary care into the role and the value-based care work that is going on in the state of Vermont,” Wulfman said of taking on her new position.
“Right off the bat I will build relationships with community health care entities, maximizing input and knowledge from OneCare’s statewide partners and member providers who are shifting the way we pay for and deliver care. I look forward to working with the OneCare team on evaluating quality metrics and looking at the data analytics to identify where we need to focus on health care improvements. I see my role as a facilitator and a promoter of value-based care involvement by all members throughout the state—spreading the work, promoting the message, and sharing the benefits,” she added.
In addition to practicing at Brandon Primary Care, Dr. Wulfman has recently held the position of physician liaison for population health for OneCare Vermont and the UVM Health Network, a role that supports clinical care delivery transformation, value-based care policies and contracts, and provider performance under accountable care contracts to improve the health of Vermonters.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Wulfman as our new chief medical officer,” said Vicki Loner, CEO of OneCare Vermont.
“Since our inception, Dr. Wulfman has been an advocate for the work we are trying to do to shift to value-based care because she believes it’s the path to providers being able to practice the patient-centered care they were trained to deliver. She has seen how our model works and has made a difference for patients in her care—and she wants to help expand and fine-tune our provider-led strategy to further transition to value-based care in Vermont,” Loner continued.
Dr. Wulfman graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Medicine and in addition to practicing at Brandon Family Practice, held the position of chief medical officer at Middlebury-based Porter Hospital from 2016-2019 and medical director at Middlebury’s Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center from 2013-2016.
When asked why she is passionate about her new role with OneCare and what she sees as the greatest promise of the program, Dr. Wulfman said:
“I truly believe in the power of an entity like OneCare who can provide the infrastructure to efficiently shift into value-based contracts with all payers—Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurers—and pull together a network of providers that can share best practices and learn from each other. With the support of OneCare, health care providers in Vermont can deliver the right kind of care, in the right place, at the right time, in the way that the patient desires to have it—not always just in the way we think they need it, by listening to what the patients say they need and building the support team around them.
“And I will add, this OneCare model really allows us to be responsible stewards of our health care dollars. It is part of the definition of value-based care, but I think it just needs to be stated that while we want to improve the health of our population in Vermont, we also want to do it in a more cost efficient manner. In the long-term, this will allow us to invest back into community health and team-based care to support the whole patient,” she summarized.
Dr. Wulfman is a resident of Ripton.