A podcast for UPMC Health Plan members, Health Break is your quick guide to caring for your mental and physical health, prioritizing wellness, and making the most of your health insurance plan.
Episode 33: Take a Health Break with Dr. Anthony DeFail
Dr. Anthony DeFail, associate vice president of medical service at UPMC Health Plan, takes a Health Break to share why it’s important to have an action plan if you have a chronic condition.
Related to this episode:
- Learn about how Prescription for Wellness can help you.
- To get started with Prescription for Wellness, choose one of the following options:
- For a virtual visit on UPMC AnywhereCare, log in or register for a UPMC AnywhereCare account. Once you are logged in, select the Health Navigation tile. If a navigator is available, you can choose Visit Now. If a navigator is not available, you can schedule a visit.
- To start by phone, call 1-844-822-3367. TTY users should call 711. Help is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Ask your health care provider to set you up with a Prescription for Wellness.
- To use an app, download RxWell* from the App Store or Google Play™. You can access several helpful digital health coaching programs when it’s convenient for you.
About Dr. Anthony DeFail:
Dr. DeFail is Associate Vice President of Medical Service for the Commercial Market at UPMC Health Plan. In this role, he works with the Commercial, Clinical, Data Analytics, and Population Health teams to develop and implement innovative programs and partnerships to improve clinical outcomes and influence medical cost trends.
Dr. DeFail has more than 18 years of experience in the medical field. After working as a hospitalist for 10 years, he began working with various quality improvement and operational excellence programs across a range of clinical areas. He also served as a physician adviser for four years, leading length-of-stay, readmission, and level of care teams for a Pittsburgh-based hospital. He then transitioned to MedExpress as the Vice President of Medical Operations of Employer Health Services. There, he helped develop medical policy, chronic disease management programs, and national medical weight-loss programs. He then served as Chief Medical Officer for Level2, a digital platform to manage care for members with type 2 diabetes. In that role, he helped build machine learning algorithms and a 50-state medical clinic scaled to the company’s virtual care platform. Dr. DeFail earned a doctorate in osteopathy from the Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his rotating osteopathic internship and allopathic residency in internal medicine at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with an East Asian studies minor, from Gettysburg College.
About Dr. Camille Clarke-Smith:
Camille Clarke-Smith, EdD, is a program director in the Quality Improvement, Medicare Stars Department at UPMC Health Plan, where she leads the Medicare Faith and Wellness Program, a 3- to 12-week health and wellness challenge. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Transforming the Health of African American Women (THAW) Inc. She earned a doctorate in health and physical activity education from the University of Pittsburgh in addition to a master’s in exercise science and a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work at Carlow University.
About Angelo Bartic:
Angelo Bartic is a health coach at UPMC Health Plan, working with members on creating sustainable lifestyle changes in weight management, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and stress management. Beginning as a personal trainer, he quickly connected with his passion for helping others lead healthier lives. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and is currently pursuing his master’s in public health. Maintaining his personal training certification, Angelo recently became a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. He enjoys time with his husband and friends participating in recreational sports (kickball and dodgeball) through an LGBTQIA+ sports organization called Stonewall Sports.
*RxWell is available to UPMC Health Plan members who are 16 years of age or older.