by Jasmine Batchelor
September 27, 2018
Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Health Reform, and Director of the Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Jim Parker is the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health Reform, a role he accepted in May of 2018. In this capacity, Jim works with Secretary Alex Azar to guide the development and implementation of health policies that will improve America’s health system.
Jim brings to this role over 30 years of executive-level experience in health care and health care policy.
Prior to this role, Jim was the CEO of MDwise, an Indiana-based Medicaid managed care organization that provides health benefits to over 350,000 Indiana Medicaid recipients. Jim led an aggressive operational and financial turnaround of the company that led to the successful sale of the company.
Jim also has integrated health system experience, having served as President of IU Health Plans, an affiliate of Indianapolis-based IU Health, a top 20 health system. During his time there, Jim led a period of significant growth during which IU Health Plans membership grew by almost 200%.
Jim spent much of his professional career with Anthem where he held a number of senior executive P&L and Staff leadership roles. These included roles as Chief of Staff to the CEO; President, Anthem Federal Employee Program; President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine; and Vice President, Anthem Public Affairs.
Jim obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Kenyon College and holds an MBA from The Ohio State University.