WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 8 APS Healthcare, Inc., one ofthe country's leading specialty healthcare companies, has announced thatStephen E. Saunders, MD, MPH, will join as its chief medical officer. As thecompany's medical leader, Dr. Saunders will oversee company-wide qualityimprovement activities, guide clinical product development, and provideoversight to APS medical directors and physicians.
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Dr. Saunders previously served as the medical director of the IllinoisDepartment of Healthcare and Family Services. He provided medical directionfor Medicaid and other public programs and acted as physician providerliaison. Saunders developed and implemented statewide disease management andcare coordination projects focusing on the physical and mental health for220,000 participants and establishing a comprehensive Primary Care CaseManagement ("medical home") program for 1.7 million beneficiaries. He isviewed nationally as a leader in disease management and total healthmanagement, and was part of the team that developed and implemented thegroundbreaking Illinois Medicaid program.
"Dr. Saunders is a great addition to our team. He is a national thoughtleader in the design of new approaches to managing chronic illnesses andpromoting wellness among Medicaid populations and other special needs groups,"said Jerry Vaccaro, MD, president and COO of APS. "He will be a tremendousasset to APS at a time when our nation is gearing up for acceleratedhealthcare reform. Steve has a proven ability to create new programs thatimprove peoples' lives and control government spending on healthcare."
Dr. Saunders' distinguished career includes service as associate directorof the Illinois Department of Human Services and as division chief, IllinoisDepartment of Public Health. His healthcare management career and clinicalpractice experience has roots in New Mexico and in Arizona, where he served asassistant director, Department of Health Services.
Dr. Saunders is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and pastpresident of its Illinois chapter. He also serves on the Long-Term and ChronicCare Steering Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy. Heearned a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of PublicHealth, a medical degree from the University of California at Irvine School ofMedicine, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California at SantaBarbara.
"After more than 30 years in public health and Medicaid programmanagement, I decided to join APS and bring my commitment to disease and totalhealth management to the private sector. APS is a leader in the specialtyhealthcare space, and I'm delighted to join the team," said Stephen Saunders,MD. "I'm looking forward to working with APS associates to change thehealthcare landscape; improving quality of life and outcomes, while keepinghealthcare affordable in these challenging times."
APS Healthcare is a leading provider of specialty healthcare solutions tomore than 20 million members in the United States and Puerto Rico. The companypartners with agencies in more than 20 states, representing more than 40percent of the nation's Medicaid population. APS delivers customized,integrated healthcare solutions that help people engage in behaviors thatoptimize their health status. By uniting all participants in the healthcarelandscape -- individuals, practitioners and payers -- APS improves overallhealth and reduces total healthcare expenditures. For more information, visitwww.apshealthcare.com .Contact: Andrea Minoff (914) 288-4791 [email protected]
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