Paul W. Armstrong


Judge Armstrong served as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge from 2000-2017.  Among his many well -known cases, Judge Armstrong presided over the case of State of New Jersey v. Charles Cullen, the convicted nurse serial-killer.  He was a principal draughtsman and legislative architect of the New Jersey Advance Directives for Health Care and Declaration of Death Acts and is the author (with Professor Robert S. Olick) of “Advance Health Care Directives” in West's New Jersey Legal Forms.  Judge Armstrong served as initial counsel, trustee and incorporator of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice as well as the New Jersey Hospice Organization.  He also represented the American Hospital Association as Amicus Curiae in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dept. of Health, and the Medical Society of New Jersey in Vacco v. Quill before the United States Supreme Court.  He is Chairman of the New Jersey Bio-Ethics Commission as well as the Governor's Advisory Council on AIDS and a Senior Policy Fellow at the Bloustein Institute for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.


Lili Brillstein, MPH


Lili Brillstein is a nationally recognized thought leader in the advancement of Episodes of Care as a value-based approach for specialty care. She is the founder and President of Brillstein Collaborative Consulting (BCollaborative), which works with stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to successfully make the move from fee for service to value based healthcare.

She was formerly the Director of Specialty Care Value Based Models for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and, under her leadership, built the largest, most progressive and most collaborative Episodes of Care program for commercially insured patients in the country.

Lili is a passionate advocate of Episodes of Care/Bundled Payments as a strategy to successfully migrate from fee for service to quality- & value-based models that rewards providers for excellent outcomes and patient experience, while reducing the overall cost of healthcare. One of the hallmarks of her perspective is the criticality of beginning with models that do not include a risk transfer to providers until all of the stakeholders have worked together in a retrospective, no risk model and achieved success. The goal is cultivate true partnerships aligned around the patient and improve their experiences and outcomes, and ultimately reduce unnecessary care and waste.

Lili is a guest lecturer on episodes of care/bundled payments at the Harvard Business School working with Michael Porter and team, and has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles on the subject of Episodes. In addition, Lili has served as an Advisor to CMS on bundled payments, and is on the Advisory Boards of the US Women’s Health Alliance and the Quality Cancer Care Alliance; both national coalitions focused on advancing value based care to improve quality and cost of care delivery. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at The Rutgers School of Pharmacy, and a member of the Board of Directors for the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

Lili’s expertise at cultivating functionally collaborative relationships between payers and providers across the full continuum of health care has allowed not only the pillars of the triple aim to be achieved, but the spirit of the relationships to shift from one of adversaries to one of collaborators.


Bill Burns, ACAS, MAAA


Bill Burns, ACAS, MAAA, is a Vice President on Conning’s Insurance Research team.  His main coverage areas are medical professional liability, reinsurance and general liability. Prior to joining Conning, Bill was the head of reinsurance loss reserving at Everest Re. Bill has served as the chief actuary at two medical professional liability companies and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He was also a charter member of the Medical Professional Liability Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries. Bill is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a BS in Mathematics.


Brian S. Kern, Esq.


Brian S. Kern, Esq. is a well-recognized medical professional liability insurance executive, with nearly 20 years of experience.  Brian joined Acadia Professional as Partner in March 2019.

Mr. Kern is an expert in many facets of professional liability risk, including risk purchasing and retention groups, captives and loss portfolio transfers. He has helped several large physician practices implement risk management programs that incorporate patient satisfaction and other metrics aimed at both decreasing risk and increasing reimbursement.

Mr. Kern currently serves as Affiliate Chair on the Board of New Jersey Medical Group Management Association (NJMGMA) and is a member of the Union County Medical Society Judiciary Committee. Mr. Kern has testified before the NJ Legislature and worked directly on several bills impacting healthcare. In 2016, he was honored as one of “Forty Under 40” by NJBiz.

More recently, Mr. Kern has focused on helping practices enter value-based programs by educating them on where new revenue sources exist, and how to protect themselves from downside risk. He continues to advise practices, “conveners’ and consulting companies on government and private payor shared-savings models.

Mr. Kern is a thought-leader in healthcare risk, and a sought-after speaker on health law and risk issues.  He has repeatedly spoken before the American Health Lawyer Association, as well as numerous other groups. His articles have been featured in Medical Economics and MedScape (where he serves on the editorial advisory board) among other notable industry outlets. His works can be found at

Prior to joining Acadia, Mr. Kern founded Toro Risk Consulting Group – a risk consulting firm specializing in value-based care. Prior to Toro, Mr. Kern was the co-founder of Argent Professional, which was acquired by Bollinger. Mr. Kern serves as an advisor to several notable healthcare companies that specialize in areas such as blockchain technology, palliative and value-based care, revenue cycle management and data analytics. As an attorney for Frier Levitt, he was instrumental in creating a “regulatory practice group” for the firm.

Mr. Kern is a member of the NJ Bar, and a graduate of Seton Hall Law School and the University of Maryland.


Amy Ellis


As the Director of Quality and Value-Based Care at Northwest Medical Specialties, Amy Ellis brings a wealth of technical and operational healthcare experience, specifically related to value-based care. Amy is a national expert, leader and collaborator on the CMS-sponsored Oncology Care Model and other Oncology value-based programs. Amy will help guide Acadia's efforts to build a workable stop loss market for independent medical practices that take downside risk in value-based payment models.

Chris Wojciechowski


Chris is a Treaty Reinsurance Broker with TigerRisk Partners, a client-centric global reinsurance intermediary, where he leads the production and servicing of Professional Liability treaty business for clients around the world. Chris is a nationally recognized thought leader on liability risk and the interplay between re/insurance and the broader capital markets.  With extensive contacts throughout the industry, Chris will help Acadia expand its presence in the reinsurance and alternative risk segments. Driving fair competition by bringing capital to physicians taking downside risk in value-based care programs is core to Acadia's national strategy.  Chris will be essential in providing guidance and advisory to Acadia as we execute in these markets and navigate through these turbulent times for the benefit of our clients.

Aaron Lyss


Aaron Lyss is the Director of Strategic Payor Relations for OneOncology – a national partnership of community oncology practices – where he leads a wide range of initiatives related to managed care contracting and risk-sharing payment models, including CMMI’s Oncology Care Model and similar commercial payer programs. Prior to this role with OneOncology, Aaron was the Director of Strategy and Business Development for Tennessee Oncology, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s strategic priorities in value-based care by developing partnerships and managing ongoing relationships with commercial payers, healthcare IT companies, and other healthcare provider groups. He also spent six years working in healthcare policy and earned his Master of Business Administration with a specialization in healthcare at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.