careallies leadership

WORKING FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE.

Our team brings a full spectrum of health care leadership experience to CareAllies. From provider-centric technology and clinical operations, to consumer health and physician engagement, the expertise and innovation at CareAllies shines through.

Julian Harris, MD, MBA

Julian Harris, MD, MBA

President

Dr. Julian Harris is President of CareAllies, an innovative population health management services company focused on helping physician groups and delivery systems navigate the transition to value-based care.

Julian joined Cigna in September 2015 to accelerate the company’s delivery of value-based products and solutions to customers and providers in local markets. He became President of CareAllies in June 2016.

Dr. Julian Harris is President of CareAllies, an innovative population health management services company focused on helping physician groups and delivery systems navigate the transition to value-based care.

Julian joined Cigna in September 2015 to accelerate the company’s delivery of value-based products and solutions to customers and providers in local markets. He became President of CareAllies in June 2016.

Prior to Cigna, Julian served as the Associate Director for Health in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As the federal government’s chief health care budget official, he oversaw $1 trillion in spending and policy for a range of coverage programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Marketplaces, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Julian led OMB’s engagement and oversight of agencies on initiatives as diverse as developing new CMS Medicare ACO and bundled payment models, streamlining the Meaningful Use rules, replacing Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), and establishing the federal government’s 50/90 value-based payment goal.

During his time as the chief executive of the $11 billion Medicaid program in Massachusetts, Julian led the development of a primary care-centered ACO program, built value-based payment into the country’s first Medicare-Medicaid duals demonstration, and launched the Delivery System Transformation Initiative to accelerate safety net hospitals’ transition to value-based payment.

Julian has supported and led public and private sector delivery system reform and population health projects in the U.S. and abroad. He has also advised technology startups, physician groups, investors and delivery systems on innovative approaches to navigating and supporting the transition to value-based payment.

Julian trained in internal medicine and primary care at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and he worked as a hospitalist at Cambridge Health Alliance. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Policy & Medical Ethics from Duke University, and he holds a Master of Science degree from Oxford University. He is also a graduate of the Health Care Management MBA Program at the Wharton School of Business and the School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania.

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Beckie Croes - Senior Vice President, Provider Engagement

Beckie Croes

Senior Vice President, Provider Engagement

Beckie Croes leads physician engagement for CareAllies. Previously, Beckie was the Vice President of Delivery System for Cigna-HealthSpring, responsible for National Contracting, Provider Engagement Strategies and Delivery System Enablement. She had operational leadership responsibility for incentive agreement structures, hospital contracting strategies, and technology solutions that enable scalability. She led the development of a management service organization stand-alone product offering to support delivery system needs and other development opportunities.

Beckie Croes leads physician engagement for CareAllies. Previously, Beckie was the Vice President of Delivery System for Cigna-HealthSpring, responsible for National Contracting, Provider Engagement Strategies and Delivery System Enablement. She had operational leadership responsibility for incentive agreement structures, hospital contracting strategies, and technology solutions that enable scalability. She led the development of a management service organization stand-alone product offering to support delivery system needs and other development opportunities.

Beckie has held numerous leadership positions at Cigna-HealthSpring in local network operations, corporate contracting, pharmacy operations and business development. Before joining Cigna-HealthSpring, she held several leadership positions with North American Medical Management, including network operations, payer contracting and business transformation roles. Beckie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Political Science from Texas A&M University.

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Karthik Ganesh - Senior Vice President Core Operations

Karthik Ganesh

Senior Vice President, Core Operations

Karthik Ganesh leads the core operations at CareAllies, including accountability for solutions (strategy, development, deployment) and operations, and solution installations across the multiple business lines.

Karthik Ganesh leads the core operations at CareAllies, including accountability for solutions (strategy, development, deployment) and operations, and solution installations across the multiple business lines.

Prior to this role, Karthik was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer for QualCare, a leading regional provider-sponsored health care services organization. Karthik was responsible for strategy, operations, technology and innovation at QualCare and drove an enterprise-wide business transformation across all facets of the organization while delivering a comprehensive solution set, service model and platform for health care delivery system transformation. The transformation was showcased by Microsoft and Healthcare Informatics.

Karthik also served in leadership positions at Express Scripts and Aetna, where he led strategic corporate initiatives, aligned business and IT strategies, optimized mission-critical operations, and directed the ground-up buildout of new commercial and Medicare products. Karthik has held senior healthcare consulting positions at both Capgemini (formerly Ernst &Young) and Deloitte.

Karthik brings solid strategy, operations and technology credentials and a proven track record of successful leadership from strategy through execution, delivering transformational change, streamlined business operations and measurable customer experience improvements. Karthik is recognized as a health care subject matter expert and has been featured in leading industry journals including Healthcare Informatics, Inside Health Policy and Government Health IT. Karthik is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has a Masters in Software Engineering from Kansas State University.

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Allen Perez - Senior Vice President, Sales and Contracting

Allen Perez, MBA

Senior Vice President, Sales and Contracting

Allen Perez leads partnership development efforts with providers at CareAllies. He has a long track record of working with providers to develop strategies and partnership arrangements that accelerate their transition and increase their success in value-based payment arrangements.

Allen Perez leads partnership development efforts with providers at CareAllies. He has a long track record of working with providers to develop strategies and partnership arrangements that accelerate their transition and increase their success in value-based payment arrangements.

Prior to his role at CareAllies, Allen led new Market Development for Cigna-HealthSpring, including its work to establish new partnerships with physician groups and delivery systems. Earlier in his tenure, Allen oversaw the physician management company for one of Cigna-HealthSpring’s most successful provider partnerships. Before joining Cigna-HealthSpring, he served in strategic and operational roles at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

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Rajesh Shrestha - Senior Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Operations and Population Health

Rajesh Shrestha

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Operations and Population Health

Rajesh Shrestha leads population health management, including strategy and operational execution. He is responsible for the capabilities and services that help providers manage the longitudinal care of their patients and the success of their value-based models. Rajesh oversees clinical operations, practice transformation strategy, care delivery model development, provider population health analytics, patient health engagement and clinical operating effectiveness.

Rajesh Shrestha leads population health management, including strategy and operational execution. He is responsible for the capabilities and services that help providers manage the longitudinal care of their patients and the success of their value-based models. Rajesh oversees clinical operations, practice transformation strategy, care delivery model development, provider population health analytics, patient health engagement and clinical operating effectiveness.

Rajesh recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Cigna Medical Group (CMG), a multi-specialty group practice, where he led operations, business development ventures and strategic partnerships. Rajesh also led Cigna HealthCare of Arizona to a 5 Star Medicare Plan Rating. He was responsible for practice transformation of CMG’s care delivery model to a team-based care model and led operations of productizing CMG for multiple payer segments.

As Vice President, Accountable Care Organization Development for Cigna Medical Group, Rajesh transformed CMG into an Accountable Care market leader. He has also held the positions of Vice President, Quality and Informatics for both Cigna Medical Group and Cigna Onsite Health. Prior to joining Cigna, Rajesh spent over a decade working closely with health plans and providers as well as state and federal agencies to set up quality programs, performance measure validation, value-based purchasing and network arrangements.

Rajesh holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Arizona. He is also an alumnus of the University of California-Berkeley, Haas School of Business and a graduate of the Global Leadership 2030 Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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