Lake Mary, FL – December 15, 2010 – Access MediQuip, the nation’s first and largest provider of implant surgery management solutions, announced the appointment of Dr. Prakash Patel to chief operating officer and chief clinical officer. In this new position, Dr. Patel assumes responsibility for the company’s cost-of-care initiatives and clinical programs, helping to drive overall value and operating capabilities for the organization.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to leverage Dr. Patel’s experience in specialty health management” said Tim Hargarten, Access MediQuip’s chief executive officer. “Access MediQuip is expanding the scope and quality of its clinical and cost-of-care programs as well as the size of its surgical facility network and Dr. Patel’s background and expertise will be valuable as we expand our capabilities and footprint.”
As a central part of Access MediQuip’s overall market strategy, Patel will lead the company’s cost of care initiatives which include manufacturer contracting, network development and management, site of care optimization, clinical utilization management and pay-forperformance. Patel will lead all provider and facility initiatives as well as device sourcing and clinical programs focused on the delivery of cost savings for payers and employers and improved clinical outcomes for patients.
Patel joins Access MediQuip from Magellan Health Services, where he served on the executive leadership team as Chief Corporate Development Officer. Reporting to Magellan’s CEO. Patel led the company’s mergers and acquisitions, including ICORE and First Health Services, and other strategic business initiatives. He also led operations at Magellan’s National Imaging Associates (NIA) where he built out network capabilities, addressed cost-of-care issues and supported product development. Prior to Magellan, Patel held positions as chief executive officer of Imericius Healthcare, managing director of Internet Healthcare Group and served as a vice president of Scheer and Company. He has over 14 years of health care experience, including operations, product development, alliances, acquisitions and strategy.
About Access MediQuip
Access MediQuip was founded in 1997 and is the nation’s first and largest provider of outsourced implantable medical device management solutions. The company works with thousands of payers, manufacturers and providers to manage the acquisition, financing, delivery and reimbursement of implantable medical devices such as orthopedic and spinal implants. The company is headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida. For more information, please visit www.accessmediquip.com.
Source: Access MediQuip