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Joseph O’Hara

by Jasmine Batchelor

May 7, 2019

Director, Healthcare Marketplace Innovations,
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Upon Joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Mr. O’Hara served as the director of two innovations teams at Horizon BCBSNJ, building programs for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Episodes of Care (EOC). These programs are designed to yield improved patient outcomes while efficiently using health care resources. Today, these programs include more than 750,000 Horizon BCBSNJ members, over 20 hospitals and thousands of physicians.
Mr. O’Hara has over 25 years of experience in the health care industry. Previously, he worked on the health care reform initiative under the Clinton administration, as the Director of Managed Care for the Health Insurance Association of America. He built industry policy responses to key reform initiatives.
In 1995, Mr. O’Hara left the policy arena to work for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield helping build its first Medicare Advantage HMO. At Empire, and eventually WellPoint, he helped build new organizational capabilities for health care cost containment, disease management, and specialty case management. He assisted the firm, Care Management Technologies, Inc., to re-launch its technology platform, and expand its product offerings to serve a broader cross-section of the health care market population.

Mr. O’Hara received his Master of Business Administration from George Washington University, Washington, DC. As an undergraduate, he studied health economics at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.