Jim Gera is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Signature Medical Group, a 150-physician-owned multi-specialty group in St. Louis, Kansas City and Southwest Missouri. Signature has 63 orthopedists providing services in all orthopedic sub-specialties including total joint replacement, sports medicine, and pediatrics. Jim received his MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Over the past 15-plus years, Jim has worked in a variety of areas of health care developing and managing physician group practices and outpatient facilities and has worked in development for managed care companies in Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plans. Over the past five years, Jim has focused on programs and opportunities within Health Reform and the Affordable Care Act. He and Jerry Rupp successfully co-authored an Advanced Payment Medicare Accountable Care Organization application. They also authored a successful $1.3 million grant award for Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns and presently oversee a maternity care home care management program operating throughout Signature. In addition, Jim has served as a Chairperson for several Centers of Medicare/Medicaid Innovation Center (CMMI) grant reviews. Jim presently oversees Signature’s Awardee Convener Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program which encompasses 2,000 orthopedic physicians and 50,000-plus clinical episodes throughout 26 states in 60-plus cities and totals $1.8 billion in Medicare costs.