Aetna appoints CEO of new Medicaid health plan


Aetna appoints CEO of new Medicaid health plan

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Health insurer Aetna has named Keith Wisdom as the chief executive officer (CEO) of its new Medicaid health plan in the state of Kansas.

Aetna Better Health was recently selected by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to offer Medicaid benefits to enrollees statewide in the KanCare Medicaid managed care program starting on January 1, 2019.

Wisdom, who will lead the company’s Kansas market effective immediately, will be accountable for the overall success of the Kansas Medicaid health plan. His responsibilities will focus on building the local market team, driving overall strategy, managing state and provider relationships, driving financial performance and improving quality and member health.

Most recently, Wisdom served as general manager of Aetna’s Medicare business in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Illinois, where he managed plan performance, strategy, sales and customer service agendas, and product design. In addition, he led execution of compliance, revenue, operations, network strategy, STARs, and medical cost structure positioning.

Prior to that, Wisdom was Aetna’s market president for Kansas, Nebraska and western Missouri, where he led overall financial and growth performance, overall strategies, network, product, distribution and sales for the company’s commercial, Medicare, and individual lines of business.

Additionally, Wisdom held roles at UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City and Arthur Andersen.

“We are excited for Keith to be the first CEO of our new Medicaid plan in Kansas,” said Janet Grant, Aetna Better Health’s vice president of the Great Plains Region. “Keith has over 25 years of experience working in health care in the state and we believe he is the right choice to work with the State of Kansas, health care providers and community leaders to help improve the health of Kansas’ most vulnerable populations.”

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