MIAMI, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ChenMed, the nation's leading integrated primary care practice for seniors, today announced a series of strategic executive leadership team additions to keep fueling the double-digit membership growth the innovative company has annually achieved since 2011.
"At-risk seniors and every Medicare Advantage health plan in America now have extra reasons to establish relationships with our rapidly growing medical practice," says Christopher Chen, MD, ChenMed Chief Executive Officer. "Dr. Jeffrey Kang joined ChenMed as President eight months ago, leveraging 30 years of extraordinary healthcare industry experience to accelerate our progress in transforming healthcare for some of the neediest populations. Now, with Jeff's help, we've scored additional game-changing talent for our growing executive team."
The most recent executive team find is Jason Barker, MHA, CPA who just joined Chen Senior Medical Center as Market President. Barker, now leads the innovative medical practice, where Medicare members annually enjoy an average of 54 percent fewer hospital sick days than the Miami average for seniors.
"Our South Florida primary care physicians and specialist doctors do an absolutely amazing job –particularly for older adults living with multiple major and chronic conditions," explains Dr. Kang, former SVP at Walgreens and former Chief Medical Officer at CMS and CIGNA. "We know quality healthcare must be delivered locally; that exceptional care teams need a resourceful champion to achieve market dominance.
"Jason brings extensive professional experience, as well as a portfolio of previous achievements from prior healthcare executive leadership roles in a variety of settings and diverse operating environments. His collaborative approach, with physicians and healthcare leaders alike, has led to increased quality outcomes and satisfaction rates for patients, as well as improved market share and financial performance."
Well prepared for the highly competitive Florida market serving 4.0 million Medicare members, Barker will develop business growth opportunities; and nurture key relationships to help the multi-center practice achieve market dominance by delivering affordable care and superior service. Prior to joining ChenMed, Barker served as CEO of Prospect Medical Systems, a multi-state full-risk managed care organization based in Orange, California. Immediately prior, he was President of CareMore Health plans, a nationally recognized Medicare Advantage plan specializing in health management for frail elderly.
"My goal is to empower South Florida medical, operational, network and membership development teams to collaboratively drive growth -- while staying focused on delivering better health outcomes with unrivaled service to patients and partners," says Barker. "And, by stressing love and accountability, we'll keep making market inroads."
Since ChenMed operates 37 dedicated medical centers in six states (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia), while simultaneously providing operational support and risk focused end-to-end technologies to help more than 200 independent medical practices deliver superior outcomes for seniors with Medicare Advantage, the company also recently bolstered center of excellence expertise vital to further igniting membership growth.
"Our strongly collaborative medical and operational market leaders need expert counsel and industry leading support to achieve growth in fiercely competitive markets. We are blessed to have Marke and Juan Carlos reinforcing the tireless work of our amazing medical center teams," underscores Dr. Kang.
Responsible for building diverse ChenMed family of companies brands, Dickinson, a Harvard-trained MBA, brings over 20-years success in driving growth, reaching un-tapped market segments and boosting customer/ member acquisition and retention rates. He worked 13 years at AAA (American Automobile Association), where he achieved 21 percent growth in new membership subscriptions and retained 89 percent of membership accounts as Chief Marketing Officer.
Sanchez will help ChenMed operations and patient experience teams in six states keep improving patient experience at 25 JenCare Senior Medical Center and 12 Chen Senior Medical Center locations. Prior to joining ChenMed, Sanchez was Health President of StateTrust Life and Capital – Atlantica Seguros, where he developed International Health Products and was responsible for 12 operational departments. His more than 15 years of healthcare leadership experience in operations, including at Leon Medical Centers, is reinforced by broad knowledge of capitation, FFS, DRG, and Per Diem based contracts.
The recent executive leaders join previously recruited industry stalwarts contributing to the ChenMed executive leadership team, including: Michael Redmond, ChenMed Chief Financial Officer (formerly CFO, Aetna Accountable Care Solutions, plus senior finance experience at CIGNA); Jennifer Thomas, ChenMed Chief Administrative Officer (formerly Senior Expert, Global Organisation Practice, McKinsey & Company, plus former senior executive leader at PepsiCo, CitiGroup, and Diageo); Federico Cerdeiro, MBA, ChenMed Chief Business Development Officer (Wharton MBA; formerly executive leadership positions at McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley and Unicredit); and Peter Lymm, ChenMed Chief Membership Officer (formerly SVP of Operations, Verisk Health, plus executive leadership positions with NEBCO, Samsung SDS Corporation, and Aetna).
Recognizing how the rapid and sustained growth that ChenMed enjoys creates additional executive team leadership demand, the company is actively recruiting JenCare Market Presidents in five states; and already broadened its bench of industry leading medical and operational team leaders (See sidebar).
Plus, each ChenMed market's multifaceted care team benefits from year-round center of excellence support from a robust network of proven subject matter experts.
ABOUT CHENMED ChenMed is a privately owned medical, management, and technology company working to positively change American healthcare for the neediest populations. Led and inspired by ChenMed Chairman and founder, James Chen, MD, PhD, the company's medical practice model has been serving low-to-moderate-income seniors with multiple complex chronic conditions for nearly 30 years.
Read the Forbes story on how the physician-led business is a transformation agent to improve the broken, unsympathetic and fragmented care delivery system that many patients still experience today; or The Economist reporting that "Medicare patients at ChenMed spent nearly 40 percent fewer days in hospital than the national average."; or Medical Economics noting that ChenMed "may be the best primary care system in the U.S."; or The Commonwealth Fund Transforming Care (Mar. 24, 2016) saluting ChenMed and others for "patient-centric cultures that are built on empathy and learning."
You also could better appreciate the magic of the ChenMed medical model by watching the two-minute FOX Business segment (April 23, 2016).
SIDEBAR: RECENT CHENMED MEDICAL AND OPERATIONAL LEADER ADDITIONS/PROMOTIONS Notable 2016 executive leadership team additions to keep improving ChenMed medical and operational capabilities as the company ignites growth include:
Susan Schayes, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is JenCare Regional Chief Medical Officer. Responsible for clinical outcomes and clinical performance at 12 JenCare centers in Atlanta, Louisville, and New Orleans, Dr. Schayes previously was the Division Chief and Residency Program Director at Emory University School of Medicine.
Sunil Sinha, MD, MBA, FACHE, is ChenMed Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. Sinha, who most recently served as a JenCare Medical Director, works on improving HEDIS ratings, other quality outcomes measures, and patient safety. Previously a medical expert at Pfizer and CMS, Dr. Sinha is a recognized authority on medication adherence, primary care access, therapeutic substitution, patient centered medical home (PCMH), Medicare drug benefit, and SN programs.
Jason Lane, MD, is ChenMed Director of Care Team Enhancers, Programs and Policies. Dr. Lane oversees transitional care and case management, and also supports ChenMed's patient focused care teams. An infectious disease specialist, Dr. Lane trained at the National Institutes of Health and served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 11 years. He has been instrumental in the progression of ChenMed's transitional care program nationally.
Alex Khoo, MBA, MHA, is ChenMed Managing Director, Business Services. He is responsible for delivery of efficient administrative processes, tools, and services to address key business challenges; management of "back office" processes including payroll, accounts payable, and credentialing; efficient and effective billing and coding of patient encounters. Prior to joining ChenMed, Alex was Vice President Finance at Alameda Health Systems, Calif.
Contact: Jim Brown, ChenMed Public Relations Director, 305-310-7214 or [email protected]