Jesse Thomas brings valuable Medicaid managed care expertise to the Advisory Board just as Medicaid enrollment increases and virtual health modalities improve access and quality.
DALLAS, TX – October 28, 2020 – Medecision, an integrated health management company supporting virtual care and digital health, just announced the addition of Jesse Thomas, a highly-experienced healthcare innovator, to its Advisory Board. In this capacity, Jesse, CEO of the Healthy Blue Medicaid segment at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, will be joining a distinguished group of industry executives. These individuals work closely together to provide strategic guidance to Medecision’s leadership while helping the company deliver greater value to government managed care organizations and other healthcare entities.
Jesse brings extensive expertise serving Medicaid and other vulnerable populations in communities across the nation to this role. His experience in this space will be especially important to the Advisory Board as Medicaid enrollment continues to increase, which experts predict is likely to continue. As a result, the industry will need powerful, integrated strategies and operational support to manage this growing membership. Aerial, Medecision’s connective intelligence platform for at-risk organizations, is already used by healthcare organizations serving millions of Medicaid members, especially those with chronic, complex conditions.
Jesse’s unique skillset and insights are critical to these efforts, as much of his career has been dedicated to helping top managed care organizations adapt to the dynamic Medicaid environment including changing legislative policies, enrollment and demographics. This includes his current role at a prominent Blue Cross plan that has been awarded a contract to serve hundreds of thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as leadership positions for Medicaid plans in several states. Jesse has also overseen commercial health plan strategies at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky, Humana and Prudential. As a thought leader from a health, faith and community perspective, he is a frequent speaker on topics covering healthcare, education, housing, inequality and disparity and is frequently honored for his public service contributions.
“Jesse not only brings an incredible wealth of Medicaid expertise, he also shares our passion for transforming healthcare, particularly to take care of the most vulnerable individuals effectively and efficiently in a way that improves member and caregiver satisfaction,” said Deb Gage, President and CEO of Medecision. “Jesse will help us maintain our focus and market approach as we look to ensure that Aerial powers optimal care journeys, which are increasingly occurring via virtual touchpoints.”
Medecision’s Advisory Board is currently chaired by Dr. Jan Berger, President and CEO of Health Intelligence Partners and a member of several boards including GNS Healthcare and Tabula Rasa HealthCare, who leads the group of distinguished healthcare and technology executives. In addition to Jesse, the board includes Dr. Richard Popiel, Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company, Managing Partner at Xploration Health, and board member of leading organizations including CareCentrix and Healthmap Solutions; Terri Kline, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Presbyterian Health Plan and board member for several companies including Amedisys and SaVida Health; Kevin Jones, CEO of Rackspace Technology; Dr. Terry McInnis, President of Blue Thorn Inc. healthcare consulting, Strategic Advisor at Cureatr, and board member at the Board of Pharmacy Specialties; and Dr. Terri Steinberg, Chief Health Information Officer and Vice President of Population Health Informatics at ChristianaCare.
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