Provider Insider

Staff Updates

Spring 2021 | Issue No. 9

Amy Scanlan, MD

I am delighted to announce that Amy Scanlan, MD will be joining UCHealth Coordinated Care Colorado as Medical Director beginning in February 2021. She will begin onboarding with Dr. Austin Bailey in February and will continue to meet with network practices and the various UCHealth teams through April. Please join me in welcoming her to our team.

Bringing outstanding experience, expertise, leadership and energy, Dr. Scanlan has served for the past five years at SCL Health in a few different capacities: Medical Director of Quality and Innovation, Medical Director of Primary Care, and most recently as Medical Director of Recruitment and Provider Experience.

She has continued to see her patients at SCL Cherry Creek Family Medicine, where she moved in 2006 after practicing with New West Physicians for seven years. Dr. Scanlan served on numerous SCL Health committees spanning quality and credentialing, and also participated in Aetna’s credentialing committee for the western U.S. She is very familiar with value-based care models, having been part of a PHP ACO practice for the past ten years, as well as participating on the PHP Practice Performance and Standards Committee, and serving on the PPP board.

Dr. Scanlan received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Science in Society from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She obtained her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where she received the Kiwala Award for Research in Family Medicine. Her residency was completed at St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency program in Denver. She has been in practice for over twenty years. She is currently board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and NCQA certified in diabetes.

Dr. Scanlan’s professional and personal interests include physician wellness, team-based care, reading, cooking, running, hiking and spending time with her husband and two children. We couldn’t be happier to have Dr. Scanlan on our team; please be sure to extend a warm welcome to her!

Tamara Ellis

Tamara is a graduate of Georgetown University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1994. She spent 15 years working for Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C., in the areas of labor and delivery, ambulatory surgery, trauma and renal failure. Tamara obtained her Master of Business Administration with a Health Care focus in 2011. In 2012, she was recruited by UCHealth to come to Colorado as the trauma program manager at Medical Center of the Rockies.

Since starting with UCHealth in January 2013, Tamara has worked in trauma, ambulatory surgery, and most recently as the regulatory and quality improvement specialist for the UCHealth medical group. During her four-and-a-half-year tenure with the medical group, Tamara has been the MIPS and quality payment program expert, the program manager for risk coding and HCCs, and worked on various other quality- and value-based contract programs. With Tamara’s expertise, the medical group has seen improvements in HCC recapture rates and she has provided risk coding education to providers and clinics. In September 2020, Tamara obtained her certification in risk adjustment coding.

Tamara lives in Windsor, Colorado with her two daughters, Olivia (15) and Abigail (12), 3 dogs, and a grand-guinea pig. She loves living in Colorado and her favorite color is purple. 

Keri Hogan, PharmD, BCACP, CLS

Keri Hogan is a clinical pharmacist providing comprehensive medication management support for UCHealth Coordinated Care Colorado and UCHealth Medical Group.

Dr. Hogan is a residency trained, board certified ambulatory care pharmacist. She previously served as a clinical pharmacist in an internal medicine clinic at a comprehensive academic medical center for just over a year, and as a clinical pharmacist in a cardiovascular risk reduction service at an integrated health plan for seven years. In her prior roles, Dr. Hogan gained expertise in implementing interventions to improve medication related quality metrics and performing comprehensive medication reviews to reduce adverse drug events.

In her role as a clinical pharmacist in population health, Dr. Hogan will be focusing on medication management to improve quality, reduce cost and enhance the patient and provider experience.

Christy Howell

Christy returned to a career in health care in 2014 by joining UCHealth as a care coordinator with a registered medical assistant (RMA) certification through American Medical Technologists (AMT) while completing a BS in Health Care Administration. She supported foundational practice transformation activities of the participating Medical Group in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) innovation model, Comprehensive Primary Care initiative (CPCi) and then, the advanced primary care medical home model, CPC Plus (CPC+).

She transitioned to the Transformation & Innovation team in 2016 as a practice transformation coordinator (PTC). Through the process of education, training, study, taking exams, and leading UCHealth Medical Group primary care practices successfully through the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home (NCQA PCMH) recognition program, she earned the PCMH Content Expert Certification (PCMH CCE).

During the national shift in health care toward value-based models, rewarding health care delivery providers for positive patient outcomes and away from fee for service, her interest in population health and accountable care grew. With an aligned interest, and strong advocacy by her manager and others, she graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management in 2019.

Recognized for her work in value-based programs, she was invited to join the clinically integrated network team as a population health project manager. Along with countless highly skilled colleagues, she continues to support interdisciplinary teams as she takes on this new role with C3. She is committed to building long-lasting and meaningful relationships within the communities served, as well as driving improvements in care delivery that result in shared savings to the practices.

Heather Hubach, NCMA

Heather joined UCHealth Coordinated Care Colorado as a population health specialist in November 2020 and is excited to learn the multitude of ways population health can contribute to taking care of patients and supporting individual practices.

Prior to her current role, she spent a year doing care management for UCHealth Medical Group as a health coordinator, and five years as a medical assistant in a primary care redesign clinic at UCHealth Internal Medicine – Snow Mesa.

Outside of work, Heather enjoys going on bike rides, attempting craft projects, and watching her kids play sports.

Alfonso Muñoz, LPN

Alfonso “Fonzi” Muñoz is a licensed practical nurse with over 10 years of experience in multiple medical specialties including family practice, internal medicine, infectious disease, home health, corrections and adult day care. In 2009, he graduated from the Odessa College nursing program in Odessa, TX where he was awarded for clinical excellence. Throughout his roles he has worked with vastly different types of patients and found the best approach to meet all their individual needs. He has also been utilized at all previous positions for office management, new staff training, administrative assistance and data collection. Alfonso believes in treating patients the same way he would his own family and takes pride in teamwork to get the job done. 

In October 2020, Alfonso joined UCHealth Coordinated Care Colorado to assist patients with transitions of care following hospitalizations or emergency department visits; compile and distribute discharge reports; and help meet gaps in care for payers and providers.

Michael Uhrman, BSN, RN, CCM

Michael has 32 years of professional nursing experience, 24 years in acute care in Wisconsin and Colorado, and 8 years of care management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. His bedside nursing care and experience was divided between 10 years medical/surgical nursing and 14 years as an ICU charge nurse.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Carroll/Columbia College of Nursing in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is a certified case manager. Prior to joining UCHealth Coordinated Care Colorado, he worked at UCHealth Medical Group for 4.5 years to develop a care management relationship with the Cigna value-based contract team, and was the RN care manager at Windsor Family Medicine. 

Michael has a strong passion to provide patients with the best care experience and resources available to them to promote good health. His free time is spent traveling, gardening and with family and friends.

Katie Woodward

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Health Administration from Tulane University, Kathryn (Katie) Woodward began working as an Administrative Fellow at SSM Health. During her time at SSM Health, she focused on aligning the system’s hospitals, ambulatory clinics, medical group, and health plan to promote systems thinking and improve population health outcomes. As a result, Katie helped drive down the costs of care for the high-risk diabetic population, increase utilization of mid-level providers in specialty care, and improve community programming for new and expectant mothers.

In December 2019, Katie returned to her home state and began working at UCHealth as a project manager. In her short time with the organization, Katie worked on a variety of projects and teams supporting efforts to enhance scheduling decision trees, expand concierge pharmacy care in ambulatory clinics, and open a new system fulfilment pharmacy.

Outside of work, you can find Katie taking advantage of Colorado’s nature by either camping, hiking or skiing, depending on the season.