Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMDChief Medical Officer
Dr Stefanacci brings unique insights to his role as Chief Medical Officer at The Access Group. While serving as Health Policy Scholar for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under President George H.W. Bush, Dr Stefanacci spent a year working on the policy and implementation of the Medicare Part D pharmacy benefit. He went on to join the faculty at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he taught health policy for a decade before moving to Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). As faculty at the College of Population Health at TJU, he teaches Essentials of Population Health for Masters Candidates.
As a practicing internist/geriatrician, Dr Stefanacci has a long-standing interest in and commitment to improving care. His experience includes more than a decade as a medical director for various organizations, including a large primary care private practice, a full-risk provider group, and several Medicare Advantage plans. In his clinical practice, Dr Stefanacci provides direct patient care and implements quality assurance and utilization management initiatives with several large health systems.
Dr Stefanacci is board certified in quality assurance and utilization and is a Certified Medical Director. He also holds two master’s degrees—one in geriatric health and the other in business administration. An active member of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), Dr Stefanacci has achieved recognition as a fellow in both the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and AGS and has become an honorary lifetime member of ASCP and the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration. He sat on the Foundation Board of AMDA and currently holds a similar position with ASCP. Dr Stefanacci completed his internal medicine training and a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.
Dr Stefanacci’s greatest accomplishment is the Go4theGoal Foundation (www.Go4theGoal.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that he founded with his family and friends when his oldest son, Richard, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in May 2006. After his son’s death on June 12, 2007, he turned his intense focus to the foundation’s development. Since its inception, Go4theGoal has raised several million dollars to assist hundreds of children affected by cancer at more than 100 children’s hospitals across the country, while also funding cutting-edge research to find a cure.