posted by Clare Krusing
on June 7, 2016
Washington, D.C. – America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)’s Board of Directors announced that Joseph R. Swedish, Chairman, President and CEO of Anthem, Inc. has been elected to serve as Chair of the Board beginning in January 2017. Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, will serve as Chair for 2018.
Together, these two appointments build on AHIP’s leadership and impact during a critical inflection point ahead of the upcoming election and new administration.
Swedish brings more than 40 years of health care leadership expertise, including more than 25 years as CEO of several major health systems. Since joining Anthem in March 2013, he has led the company’s efforts to revolutionize relationships with providers by focusing on quality and value, and transform the patient experience through innovation.
Tyson’s tenure at Kaiser Permanente spans more than 31 years. Since assuming the role of CEO in July 2013, he has delivered on the company’s “Thrive” promise by bringing a 21st-century approach to health and health care that is personalized, coordinated and technologically advanced. The non-profit integrated system is a leader in patient safety, quality and affordability.
“Joe and Bernard are recognized leaders who will bring a strong vision for the industry’s consumer-driven priorities over the next two years,” AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner said.
“This is a transformative moment for our industry, and AHIP plays a critical role in advancing the changes needed for a patient-focused health system for the benefit of all consumers,” Swedish said. “I look forward to serving as AHIP’s next Board Chair and building on our commitment to improving the quality and value of care for millions of Americans across the country.”
“AHIP’s advocacy is fundamental to bringing health plans together to determine how we can improve the U.S. health care system,” Tyson said. “I am honored to work with Joe, Marilyn and the AHIP leadership over the next two years. Our greatest responsibility is to the patients we serve and that’s why we are committed to continuing AHIP’s efforts that benefit millions of people who depend on us for health care.”
Swedish and Tyson will succeed Mark B. Ganz, President and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. “We are grateful for the exceptional leadership Mark is providing at a critical transition period for AHIP and the industry,” Tavenner said.
“Over the past year, and under Marilyn’s leadership, we are now well-positioned to be the drivers of change that will transform the industry to one that is more consumer-focused and value-based. Joe and Bernard are the right leaders at the right time to advance these efforts moving forward, and I look forward to our work in the years ahead,” Ganz said.
AHIP’s Board Approves Changes to Dues, Governance Structure
AHIP’s Board of Directors also approved new changes to the Association’s dues and governance — the first major restructuring since 2003. These changes establish a modernized dues and governance structure that allows AHIP to build on its strong track record and advocacy on behalf of its members and the consumers they serve.