Imagine Health names Darin Gordon senior advisor for value-based payments

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine Health, the nation's leading independent creator of top-performing healthcare provider networks, today announced that Darin Gordon has partnered with Imagine as a Senior Advisor.


Gordon joins the organization after a ten-year tenure leading TennCare, Tennessee's Medicaid program, as well as the state's Division of Health Care Finance and Administration. Gordon has more than 18 years of experience in public health care finance and management. In his most recent leadership role, he managed an $11 billion budget, providing healthcare services to 1.5 million Tennesseans.


"I'm thrilled to partner with Imagine Health – an organization that is making a real difference to bend the cost curve and make healthcare safer," Darin Gordon said. "Imagine Health has keyed in on the failure of broad-based PPO physician networks to deliver consistent high-quality, high-value care. The company is offering a dynamic alternative that has the power to reshape the healthcare landscape. That's something I'm excited to be a part of."


Gordon will deploy deep insights gleaned from his leadership of the TennCare program, where he maintained the lowest cost trend in its history, made significant improvements in the program's quality measures, and was nationally recognized for innovations in managed care and payment and delivery system reform. Gordon will also bring his considerable national health policy expertise to Imagine, as the company scales its focused, high-performance healthcare networks.


Gordon is the past President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), a board member of Leadership Health Care and Chair of the AccessTN Board of Directors. Gordon was named a 2011 Fellow of the Medicaid Leadership Institute and was a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program. He was also recognized as a Pacesetter in Payment Reform by Catalyst for Payment Reform in 2015.


"Darin's distinguished track record – reining in costs while improving quality for large patient populations in Tennessee – will be a tremendous asset at Imagine Health," Chris Cigarran, CEO of Imagine Health, said. "Darin will be leveraging his extensive experience implementing payment reform models to advise Imagine Health as Imagine transitions to value-based payment contracts with its networks of high performing providers. His counsel will be invaluable as we grow our ability to deliver a differentiated healthcare experience to employers.


Imagine Health leverages sophisticated data analytics and the purchasing power of its employer clients to negotiate discounted reimbursement rates and value-based payment mechanisms with top-performing providers in exchange for incremental volume. The quality and efficiency improvements from the selected top-tier providers typically exceed 20 percent.

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About Imagine Health

Founded in 2008, Imagine Health is the healthcare experience we all deserve.  Imagine's product gives employers the ability to offer their people a standalone health plan comprised of only the highest-performing hospitals and physicians in their local markets.  By leveraging the purchasing power of employers, Imagine lowers costs through its unparalleled approach to direct contracting, thus creating meaningful relationships between employers and health systems.  Through a focus on saving lives, Imagine Health improves the quality of care in America, lowers costs for employers and their people, and finally takes the power back from big healthcare.

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