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Meet the Consulting Team

Judy Baskins, RN, BSN
Judy currently is the Physician Practices, Ambulatory Care Executive for Palmetto Health. She began her career as the founding director for Palmetto SeniorCare, one of the original On Lok demonstration programs that started in 1988. From there she established a consulting division for the provision of technical assistance, developed multiple geriatric programs including a geriatric fellowship program and a 15 physician practice staffed by geriatricians that serves an exclusive Medicare population. The practice recently received Level 3 accreditation from NCQA as a medical home. Previously her efforts focused on the implementation of an accountable care organization—Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative—where she served as the executive director of this strategic initiative for Palmetto Health.

She currently is responsible for the Palmetto Health Physician Network and Ambulatory Services at Palmetto Health. The Physician Network is comprised of approximately 210 physicians. In addition, Ms. Baskins oversees case management and discharge planning, care coordination and transitions, Palmetto SeniorCare (PACE Program) and the development and implementation of post acute care services. Responsibilities also include pursuing accreditation for all Palmetto Health physician practices as NCQA medical homes, population health management and management of high risk patient populations.

Ms. Baskins was the founding president and chair of the National PACE Association (NPA) Board and she is a member of the NPA Board, the NPA Public Policy Committee and the NPA Research Committee. She is a recipient of the USC School of Nursing outstanding alumni award and member of the Practice Change Fellowship Board, a national board funded by the John A Hartford and the Atlantic Philanthropic Foundations. She is an adjunct professor with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and has made multiple presentations over the years including testimony to several congressional committees about the effectiveness of the PACE model of care. She recently completed Harvard’s Health Care Strategies Course.

In her consulting role she has assisted with the development of alternative care models for medically complex children, AIDS/HIV patients and Autistic young adults.


John Tucker, MHA
John Tucker, MHA, has been with Palmetto Health Senior Consulting since 1996 and assisted more than thirty (30) current PACE organizations in achieving PACE provider status.  John has conducted numerous PACE feasibility studies and business plans; assisted in preparing over forty (40) PACE provider applications, over fifteen (15) PACE expansion applications, and continues to work with multiple health care organizations in PACE development, operations, and finance. John’s expertise over the years has been focused in PACE start-up and development, PACE business and strategic planning, and financial and administrative review for operational programs.  He has experience working with multiple provider types ranging from hospitals and health systems, to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s), to Hospice organizations, to name a few. John has consulted with several State Medicaid offices in multiple capacities related to PACE.  Recently, John has been assisting current PACE programs with interdisciplinary team training, risk assessment, and CMS compliance review preparation and response.


Rhett Clark, MHA
Rhett Clark, MHA, came to PHSC after finishing his Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of South Carolina. Rhett has been with PHSC since 2006 and has been providing PACE technical assistance services for more than seven (7) years. Rhett specializes in PACE demographic and market analysis, PACE Provider Application preparation, PACE State Readiness Review preparation, and PACE CMS Technical Assistance Visit (TAV) and CMS Compliance Review preparation. Rhett also serves as the Contract Administrator for Palmetto SeniorCare.