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Innovation

Vatica Health is a leading services and technology company that improves payer and provider performance in value-based care.

  • We connect healthcare stakeholders to optimize quality and manage risk
  • Our clinical experts leverage our proprietary technology to seamlessly integrate into the provider office workflow
  • We put the doctor back in the driver’s seat by removing the technical and administrative burdens associated with value-based care
  • Our clinical documentation is compliant with today’s increasingly complex regulations and enhances risk-adjusted reimbursements, lowers audit risk and improves quality of care
  • We increase member and provider engagement through our differentiated approach to risk adjustment and quality.

By completing the “Last Mile” of value-based care, Vatica Health delivers the future of healthcare today.

Management Team
Hassan Rifaat, M.D. – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Rifaat serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Vatica Health, responsible for all company activities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry and has consistently demonstrated high performance in compliance, quality, and profitability in businesses he has managed.

Dr. Rifaat was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Windsor Health Group, a Medicare Advantage and Supplement insurance carrier based in Nashville, TN, with over 300,000 covered members; the company was sold to WellCare in 2013. He also served on the Board of Directors of Outcomes Health Information Solutions, where he previously served as the Chief Operating Officer. Outcomes Health was a privately held business in Alpharetta, GA, offering medical record retrieval and clinical abstraction services for risk adjustment revenue and managed care quality ratings; the company was sold to Altegra in 2014. Dr. Rifaat has also served as the SVP, Eastern Region for Coventry Health Care where he managed seven health plans serving more than 1.5 million Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid members in 11 states. He has also held senior executive positions at Humana, Inc., where he served a Regional CEO for Illinois and the Southeast Region and the Market President for Lousiana.

Dr. Rifaat is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Harvard University, where he was an All-American player on the national rugby team.

Averel B. Snyder, M.D. - Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Snyder is a prominent cardiothoracic surgeon and is board certified in general surgery, critical care medicine and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to being a prominent cardiac surgeon, Dr. Snyder is also a foremost expert in fitness, nutrition and age management. He has an AMA certification in age management, an ISSA certification in fitness and nutrition, and a USFA certification in senior citizen fitness.

Chris Rigsby - Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Rigsby serves as Chief Operating Officer at Vatica Health, responsible for developing and implementing effective operational strategies that maximize value for payers, providers and patients.  He has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, operations and accounting/finance.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Rigsby led quality operations for Windsor Healthcare Group, a Medicare Advantage and Supplement insurance carrier based in Nashville, TN, with over 300,000 covered members.  At Windsor Healthcare, Mr. Rigsby was responsible for successfully developing and executing integrated quality of  care and risk adjustment initiatives.  Mr. Rigsby is a Certified Public Accountant, and his career started in Attestation Services with KPMG Peat Marwick, LLC.  He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Steve Bock - Chief Product Officer
Mr. Bock serves as Chief Product Officer at Vatica Health, responsible for driving the company’s innovative product strategy, product roadmap, product development, marketing and deployment of industry leading solutions. He has over 20 years’ experience in the sale and delivery of enterprise software solutions.

Prior to his current role Mr. Bock held executive leadership roles at healthcare and technology leaders including Change Healthcare (McKesson), CGI, Oracle (PeopleSoft), Hewlett-Packard and Accenture (Andersen Consulting). His passion and expertise is applying disruptive technologies to invent market-leading web and mobile solutions that enable healthcare payers and providers to effectively engage with consumer and patient populations to improve wellness, care quality and reduce costs.

Mr. Bock received his M.B.A with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Atlanta and an Engineering degree in Systems Design from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

David B. Rosenfeld - Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Rosenfeld serves as Vice President of Business Development at Vatica Health.  He is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s overall sales and business development strategy in the payer, provider and channel partner markets. He has over 28 years of experience in the health care industry.

Prior to joining Vatica, Mr. Rosenfeld was employed with Optum (formerly Ingenix) where he held a number of positions working with health care payers to improve payment integrity and operational performance and efficiency.  Mr. Rosenfeld also served as Vice President of Sales and General Manager for Aetna Health Plans South Central Markets from 1996-2001.

Andy Ahrndt - Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Ahrndt has spent the last 17 years designing and building innovative healthcare solutions, with a specific focus on HIPAA compliance and technology geared toward Medicare beneficiaries. As Vice President of Information Technology at VHA, Inc., and previously Goodroe Healthcare Solutions, Mr. Ahrndt led teams of technology professionals with respect to building, implementing and supporting national registry certified software to reduce cost and improve quality in cardiac cathlabs and cardiac operating rooms. He has extensive experience using the latest Microsoft technologies and Agile development methodologies to implement highly maintainable, scalable products.
Loy Monteiro - Director of Software Development

Mr. Monteiro has served as a Prinicipal Architect/Team Lead in a number of roles while building distributed service oriented solutions. Prior to joining Vatica Health, he was an Application Architect at VHA, Inc. and led the efforts behind creating and maintaining the software packages to facilitate the recording and analysis of clinical and operational data in various healthcare settings. Mr Monteiro has extensive experience developing HIPAA compliant software in a scalable cloud infrastructure.

Board of Directors
Mark Taber
Mr. Taber is a Managing Partner at Great Hill Partners where he is responsible for transaction origination, investment policy, fundraising, investor relations and the general management. His investment experience covers a broad group of industries, including health care, financial technology, telecommunications, software and business services.

Prior to joining Great Hill in 2000, Mark worked at Boston Consulting Group, where he focused primarily on developing and implementing new strategies for communications and enterprise software clients. Prior to working at Boston Consulting Group, he worked for the Westlake Capital Group, where he evaluated investment opportunities and worked with portfolio companies in a variety of industries. Prior to Westlake, he spent three years working in small growth businesses, assuming various roles in operations, marketing and business development.

Mark graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he was an F.C. Austin Scholar and a Jim Packard Memorial Scholar. He also holds a degree in public policy studies from Duke University.

Rafael Cofino

Mr. Cofino is a Partner at Great Hill Partners where he is responsible for originating and evaluating investment opportunities in the Internet, software, health care, and business and consumer services sectors.

Prior to joining Great Hill Partners, Mr. Cofino was a principal at Battery Ventures, where he was involved in investments in the Internet, software and business services sectors and was responsible for originating and executing investment opportunities as well as assuming board of director responsibilities at portfolio companies. Prior to Battery, Rafael spent several years with Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on growth, recapitalizations and buyout investments in the technology and financial services sectors. He also held positions with Goldman Sachs and RBC Capital Markets. At Goldman Sachs, he was involved in structuring, underwriting and marketing leveraged buyout transactions in the gaming, real estate, media and technology industries. During his tenure at RBC Capital Markets, he provided merger and acquisition, capital raising and advisory services for corporate clients focused on the technology sector.

Rafael earned a degree in finance from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Craig Byrnes, CFA

Mr. Byrnes is a Principal with Great Hill Partners where he is responsible for originating and evaluating investments in the internet, software, health care and technology services sectors.

Prior to joining Great Hill Partners, Craig was an associate at Frontenac Company, a Chicago-based middle market private equity firm. At Frontenac, his responsibilities included screening and evaluating potential investments, executing transactions, and working with existing portfolio companies in the technology and business services sectors. Prior to Frontenac, Craig was an analyst at J.P. Morgan and a derivatives trader at DRW Trading Group.

Craig earned a degree in economics and psychology from Duke University, where he graduated cum laude and an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Craig is also a CFA charter holder.

Hassan Rifaat, M.D.

Dr. Rifaat serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Vatica Health, responsible for all company activities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry and has consistently demonstrated high performance in compliance, quality, and profitability in businesses he has managed.

Dr. Rifaat was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Windsor Health Group, a Medicare Advantage and Supplement insurance carrier based in Nashville, TN, with over 300,000 covered members; the company was sold to WellCare in 2013. He also served on the Board of Directors of Outcomes Health Information Solutions, where he previously served as the Chief Operating Officer. Outcomes Health was a privately held business in Alpharetta, GA, offering medical record retrieval and clinical abstraction services for risk adjustment revenue and managed care quality ratings; the company was sold to Altegra in 2014. Dr. Rifaat has also served as the SVP, Eastern Region for Coventry Health Care where he managed seven health plans serving more than 1.5 million Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid members in 11 states. He has also held senior executive positions at Humana, Inc., where he served a Regional CEO for Illinois and the Southeast Region and the Market President for Lousiana.

Dr. Rifaat is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Harvard University, where he was an All-American player on the national rugby team.

Steven B. Zuckerman

Mr. Zuckerman has a diverse entrepreneurial, M&A and legal background. He founded an investment and restructuring advisory firm that merged into one of the most prominent investment banks in the Southeast United States. He built the newly established division, focused on helping companies implement merger and acquisition strategies and restructure operations, into one of the most active and awarded distressed investment banking practices in the country. Prior to that, Mr. Zuckerman practiced law at the nationally recognized law firm of Berger Singerman. Before practicing law, he was VP of Business Development and Strategy for an e-commerce application service provider. He’s also the author of a book, Rain Power, and the founder of RiseUp Ventures, an innovative not-for-profit that teaches mindful entrepreneurship to incarcerated and at-risk individuals.