Dr. Lafer functions as an integral part of the Healthcare Senior Management team, whose responsibilities include disease management, care utilization, provider relations and pharmacy services. Dr. Lafer experience with hospital relations will be instrumental in helping HP to build stronger partnerships with our participating hospitals. His experience includes roles in academic health systems, community services, consulting and medical private practice.
Specializing in Internal Medicine, Dr. Lafer possesses 23 years of medical experience, particularly in Medicare, transitions of care, team-based operation improvement and regional multi-stakeholder collaborations. Prior to joining Health Partners Plans, Dr. Lafer served as the medical director of Utilization Review and Quality at Temple University. He also served as the senior medical director for executive health resources, and as assistant medical director at Temple Physicians Inc.
“Health Partners Plans is widely recognized for its dedication to its members, providers and employees, as well as providing the highest quality care for an otherwise underserved population,” stated Dr. Lafer. “I am honored to have this opportunity to work with such a committed and esteemed organization, and look forward to assisting Health Partners Plans in achieving its future goals.”
Dr. Lafer received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Classical Civilization from Haverford College, and a doctoral degree from Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He also holds a MBA from Drexel University, and was trained as mediator by the American Arbitration Association. Dr. Lafer resides in Philadelphia.