Health Partners hires SVP to lead Medicaid plan expansion


Health Partners hires SVP to lead Medicaid plan expansion

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Health Partners Plans has appointed Steve Schlager as senior vice president and general manager of central Pennsylvania.

Schlager will report to president and CEO William George, and be responsible for the leadership and oversight of all business activities related to the company’s HealthChoices Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh/Capital zone, which takes effect in January 2019. He will set strategies, lead the implementation of the expansion and oversee ongoing operations in the region.

Schlager brings nearly 30 years of healthcare leadership experience to HPP. He specialises in new business implementation, disease management and care coordination, provider contracting, marketing and leading Medicaid and Medicare programs.

He previously served as senior vice president of network development at Coventry Health Care. He also served as chief operating officer of KEPRO, the nation’s largest CMS-designated quality improvement and care management organization. Most recently, Schlager was vice president of payor relations and reimbursement for Pacific Edge Diagnostics USA.

George said: "With the Lehigh/Capital expansion, HPP has a huge opportunity to bring its award-winning health care to more Pennsylvanians than ever before. Steve will be crucial in the successful planning and implementation of this new era for the company."

Schlager added: "I’m honored to join HPP and its Medicaid plan, ranked among the top 15 in the country by the NCQA. HPP is nationally recognized for its innovative approach to health care and its profound commitment to its members. I’m looking forward to doing my part to fulfill our mission and bring HPP’s high quality care to the residents of Lehigh/Capital."

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