About Us

About Us

Since our inception in 2013, RELI Group Inc. (RELI) has provided innovative technological solutions that serve and improve the lives of American citizens. Our extensive expertise in information technology (IT) and business services enables RELI Group to support federal programs in health, safety, and security sectors and deliver consistently high-quality services to all customers. RELI Group has successfully supported prime contracts at federal agencies including: the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We at RELI Group are driven by our shared core values – integrity, mutual respect, and accountability – which enable us to maximize the efficiency, quality, and innovation of our technology solutions to produce the highest-quality services to our clients, partners, and customers. RELI Group has won several awards for our services and ethical commitment, including the 2020 HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award and the American Express Contractor of the Year Award (2019). RELI Group was also ranked No. 948 on Inc. 5000’s 2020 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.

Trusted Partner for CMS

RELI Group, Inc. (RELI) is an innovative, CMS born HUBZone & 8(a) Small Business (SB) located in the Baltimore metropolitan area. RELI’s capability to support the health-related mission and perform reliably is driven by our specific and extensive experience compiled at CMS and reinforced by service to multiple CMS Centers (CCSQ, CPI, CMCS), two CMS Offices (OFM & OEDA), and two HHS OPDIVs. We leverage strong domain knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare programs and we understand the mission and goals of CMS. We bridge the gap between the business owners and systems owners at CMS, and our strength is within the relationships we have built within the agency.
Driving Solutions through Innovation & Experience. RELI Group leverages deep industry knowledge and proven experience of a veteran manager and technology leader who founded and leads our company. Our leadership team brings over 20 years of public sector expertise and the ability to deliver real, breakthrough results that come only with true innovation. Throughout our tenure, RELI Group has successfully partnered with federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Transportation Security Administration to solve new challenges that technology advancements and changes in organizational practices have presented. Our leadership team shares a vision of elite, quality driven management, technological innovation, and results-driven strategy.

MR. MOHAMMAD “SAM” ELIAS, PMP, RELI PRESIDENT & CEO

Before founding RELI Group, Mr. Elias held various Sr. Program Manager roles in the private sector, supporting CMS for a decade and managing teams of up to 50 subject matter experts on CMS IT Health initiatives. Mr. Elias holds strong business domain knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid, Healthcare IT, Property and Casualty Insurance, Life Insurance, and Health Insurance. Mr. Elias is an active leader in the professional association community and continues to actively serve the missions of our local charitable and industry organizations. Mr. Elias received his MBA in Management Information System from Drake University, Des Moines, IA and B.S. in Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University.
Our ability to address key health issues and initiatives is enhanced by our own SME Panel led by Dr. Mike Rapp, RELI’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO). This panel acts as the guiding body for RELI’s Health IT-related growth. All these SMEs are practicing medical professionals with significant experience in policy analysis, maternal and child heath, survey and sampling methods, epidemiological and statistical analysis, quality of care measures, and Medicare payment policy. This panel plays a vital role in supporting RELI’s current Federal strategy, as well as designing any new offerings.

Dr. Mike Rapp, MD, JD – Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Rapp has strong experience following the changes and updates to Medicare payment rules as a practicing physician, a department head in a community teaching hospital, and as a head of a group of physicians. Dr. Rapp’s physician group billed directly to the Medicare program and annually submitted specific content for the Physician Fee Schedule and the Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient payment rules connection with Quality Reporting and Value Based Purchasing changes. As a leader in his professional association, the American College of Emergency Physician, Dr. Rapp followed the changes in payment rules. In addition, Dr. Rapp was the Chairman of the HHS Practicing Physician Advisory Committee for four years. The role of this Federal Advisory Committee was to advise the Secretary of HHS on Medicare and Medicaid payment policies and to specifically comment on the annual Physician Fee Schedule Rule and changes in Hospital payment processes.

 

Dr. Megan Kolter, DO, MBA, CPC – Medical Director

Dr. Megan Kolter completed her internship and residency through the Mercy Health System and is board certified in Family Medicine. She earned her Executive MBA degree in Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University and is a Certified Professional Coder. She serves as RELI’s Medical Director for the RADV contract and has over 13 years of experience in Medical Record Review and Utilization Management. She has expertise in policy interpretation, regulatory guidance, and utilization management. Previous roles include directing a medical policy committee, advising clients on medical policy decisions, reviewing claims and claims adjudication, and representing hospitals in all aspects of the medical appeals process.

Mr. Mike Sacca – VP, Healthcare and Data Analytics

Mike Sacca has over 30 years of experience in national healthcare data, analytics, and health information technology initiatives. His expertise includes clinical quality measure analysis, measurement science, electronic measure development, data quality, application development, and program leadership. He has managed and provided subject matter expertise for large-scale national analytic and data-driven development efforts for multiple initiatives across HHS agencies including CMS, CDC, NIDA and ONC. His experience cuts across the public/private sector, multiple clinical care settings, domains, and attribution levels, including clinician, group, facility, system, plan, and ACO/APM. He provided data management and measure analysis for first ever release of national Part D pharmacy data measures under the CMS QIO Medicare program and led independent verification and validation efforts to ensure the quality and accuracy of ~$500M in CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program incentives. His is actively serving on the NQF Technical Expert Panel (TEP) specific to Building a Roadmap from Patient-Reported Outcome Measures to Patient-Reported Outcome-Performance Measures, and served on the 2019-2020 NQF EHR Data Quality TEP. Prior to that, he served on the NQF Measure Incubator Data Steering Committee and championed the HHS electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) National Test Bed.

Ms. Sherly Binu, MBA, MS, RN – Director, Healthcare Quality and Evaluation Services

Sherly Binu has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare and clinical operations industry. Ms. Binu has a keen understanding of continuous quality improvement (CQI) principles and collaborative leadership and strong working knowledge of CQI principles, practices, methods, and tools. With many years of experience as a critical care nurse, she is passionate about patient safety, operational excellence in the healthcare industry, supported by an M.S., Health Service Leadership and Management, M.B.A., Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and Human Factors Engineering certifications. Ms. Binu has spent her career working with numerous CMS programs and stakeholders such as: QIP, QIOs, QE, QPP, ACO/ESRD Models Implementation, Quality Reporting and Monitoring /Compliance of various Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs), NQF, MMS, Meaningful Measures, Patient-Centered care, and Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROs / PROMs). She also led various patient safety initiatives and several Comprehensive Unit- Based Safety Program (CUSP) teams for the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has strong analytical skills that allows her to lead multidisciplinary teams to successful outcomes.

Dr. Dan Andersen, PhD, MS, MPH – Director, Healthcare Analytics Services

Dr. Dan Andersen, has supported the CMS in quality measure development, public reporting, innovation models, and survey projects for over 10 years, both as a federal employee and in the private sector. During his time at CMS, Dr. Andersen was heavily involved in post-acute care (PAC) and long-term care quality (LTC) initiatives. He was responsible for the development of new nursing home quality measures, the management of the Nursing Home Compare website and the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System. He also led the development of the reporting framework and process for the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care. Since leaving the agency, Dr. Andersen has continued to support CMS on multiple projects, including quality measure development for Qualified Health Plans and Medicare Advantage plans. He led the development and implementation of the quality strategy for CMS’ Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care (CEC) Model and a project to develop and implement a quality of life survey for Medicare beneficiaries in the CEC Model. Dr. Andersen has continued to play a critical role in CMS projects to promote accountability and transparency through public reporting programs, including in the hospital, doctors and clinicians, PAC, and LTC settings. Dr. Andersen currently serves as a subject matter expert on the NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership PAC/LTC workgroup. He also serves as a subject matter expert on CMS’ Measures Management System contract, providing inputs and review to refine the Measure Blueprint and other resources for CMS measure developers.