by Jasmine Phiri
October 23, 2020
Chief Health Plan Medical Officer,
Dr. Patrick Courneya is HealthPartners’ Chief Health Plan Medical Officer. HealthPartners is a top-ranked, member-governed health plan and care delivery system based in Minnesota serving the needs of over a million patients and 1.5 million members. Dr. Courneya provides senior medical leadership in Quality and Utilization Management, Health and Medical Management, customer-facing roles in the area of Health Initiatives, and provides visible medical leadership for Customer Business Units and external entities.
Prior to returning to HealthPartners, Dr. Courneya was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for National Health Plan and Hospitals Quality at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. In that role, Dr. Courneya oversaw Kaiser Permanente’s national quality agenda, helped ensure the organization’s members and communities received the best quality and service across all Kaiser Permanente regions, and advocated for the advancement of evidence-based medicine and proven innovation for the industry. During his career, he has served as a medical leader in various roles at medical group, hospital, and health plan levels. He has had 24 years of experience in active clinical practice.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2014, Dr. Courneya served 10 years as Medical Director and Associate Medical Director for HealthPartners’ Health Plan. Additionally, he played a significant role in advancing health care quality and innovation on a national level. He was board certified in Family Practice and had a full spectrum family practice career for 24 years in the Twin Cities suburb of Roseville, MN. Professional activities include chairing the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Council at America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Medical Directors Council at the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Dr. Courneya also serves as a commissioner for the California Future Health Workforce Commission and serves as President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of California. He also serves on the Standards Committee of NCQA and the board of directors for C-TAC.
Dr. Courneya received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed his Family Practice Residency at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in 1988.
Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Dr. Courneya in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 as one of 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know.