Las Vegas, NV (Vocus/PRWEB) – HealthSmart welcomes Suzanne Taylor as Vice President of Network Development for the Western Region of the United States. Operating out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ms. Taylor will oversee network development operations in the western United States with focused emphasis on Nevada, Northern California and Southern California. She will be joined by HealthSmart’s strong Western Region Network Development team that includes Lisa Strine, Director of Network Development for the Southern California office in Long Beach; Dana Drew, Director of Network Development for Nevada and Marcus Watkins, Director of Network Development for the Northern California office in Stockton.
Marci Conlin, Senior Vice President of Network Development, says, “HealthSmart’s vigorous growth strategy, including our recent introduction of the HealthSmart Accel Network to our Western Region employers and providers, demands strong leadership in all aspects of our operations. The introduction of Suzanne to our management team strengthens our ability to provide comprehensive health benefit plan solutions to employers throughout the Western Region.”
HealthSmart Accel is the company’s premier non-rental PPO network offering discounts equal to any in the managed care industry. When Accel is included in a HealthSmart Insight integrated healthcare plan the employer receives the best possible self-funded benefit solution for cost savings and improved member health.
Prior to joining HealthSmart Suzanne was first a Director and then VP for Beech Street, which was recently acquired by MultiPlan. She served as Director in Quality and Network Development with First Health in Sacramento and has also worked with large carriers, CIGNA HealthCare in Phoenix and Premera Blue Cross, in Seattle. Ms. Taylor has extensive product knowledge and experience with group health and Workers Comp and has negotiated with all provider types, including large hospital systems and physicians. She is also an expert in national ancillary contracting especially throughout the western United States.
Ms. Taylor is very excited about the opportunities HealthSmart offers and the ability to change the face of healthcare for clients and their membership through the ACCEL network and Insight product. Additionally, the West is a prime growth market for Workers’ Comp and a push for this product will be a primary goal for her team in 2011. The Western Region also has key markets currently being assessed for the TribalCARE program, an exclusive offering from HealthSmart.
HealthSmart is a managed healthcare benefit solutions company serving more than 1.85 million members and managing more than $4.5 billion in claims through service operations around the country. The Company manages its own healthcare related solutions which includes employee benefit administration; nationwide primary and secondary provider networks; full service predictive population management and wellness programs; prescription benefit management; on-site primary care clinics; and stop-loss management all administered on an integrated platform. HealthSmart’s mission is to improve member health, reduce costs and deliver smarter healthcare solutions.