Itasca, IL (May 21, 2019) – Discovery Health Partners today announced the formation of a Strategic Advisory Board comprised of industry veterans and forward thinkers in the healthcare payer technology space. This board will guide Discovery in advancing its industry-leading solutions portfolio to help health plans proactively avoid costs, improve the accuracy of claims payments, and protect the erosion of premium revenue through emerging technologies, services, and best practices.
“Discovery’s Strategic Advisory Board is an integral part of achieving the aggressive goals we have laid out for the years ahead,” stated Jason Brown, CEO of Discovery Health Partners. “With their collective industry knowledge, our advisors will help us connect more deeply to solve healthcare executives’ top priorities. This will give us a huge advantage as we expand and sell more complex solutions into a competitive marketplace.”
Inaugural board members include:
Healthcare and Insurance Practice Partner, Spencer Stuart (retired)
Before her professional retirement, Amanda Fox was a partner with Spencer Stuart’s global Healthcare and Insurance practices and led the firm’s insurance industry search efforts. Amanda led a number of confidential CEO succession assignments for most of the top insurance companies and partnered with one of the largest national payers to restructure the senior leadership team following a CEO succession. She worked with regional and local health plans, specialty firms, and with new subsectors emerging as a result of U.S. healthcare reform. Amanda holds a B.A. in political science from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) and sits on the advisory committee of the Society of Actuaries.
CEO, Providence Health Plan
Mike Cotton joined Providence Health Plan as chief executive officer in 2015. With more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare, Mike provides strategic leadership for Providence Health Plan’s commercial, self-funded, Medicare, and Medicaid programs. Prior, Mike was vice president and chief operating officer for Humana and held executive management roles with Evolent Health and Alere Health. In addition, Mike has led provider sponsored health plans affiliated with University Hospitals Health System and Premier Health System. Mike graduated from Cleveland State University, earning an MBA in healthcare administration, and holds a certificate of executive healthcare management from Case Western Reserve University.
CEO and Executive Partner, EC-United
Wheeler Coleman is CEO and Executive Partner at EC-United, a boutique IT consulting firm specializing in delivering innovative solutions that transform businesses. Prior to his CEO role, Wheeler was a two-time CIO and former CTO of the nation’s fourth-largest health insurance company where he spent 25-plus years on the management team. Throughout his career in the health payer industry, Wheeler has built a reputation for transforming business and simplifying IT to meet business needs, driving optimum bottom-line returns, reducing costs, minimizing inefficiencies, improving capabilities, building high-performance teams, and integrating emerging technology strategically for long-term growth. Wheeler is an MBA graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
About Discovery Health PartnersDiscovery Health Partners’ mission is to deliver unique, actionable analytic insights and technology-powered solutions to help healthcare payers improve payment integrity, increase revenue optimization, and maximize efficiencies with government programs. Serving more than 70 health plans across the U.S., including six of the 10 largest U.S. health plans, Discovery has been recognized consistently for its growth—earning a spot on the Inc. 5000 list five years in a row and the Crain’s Fast 50 three times. For more information on Discovery Health Partners, go to www.DiscoveryHealthPartners.com.
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