As the Interim President & Chief Executive Officer for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan District of Columbia, Mickey Slade will be responsible for continuing the development and successful implementation of the company’s overall strategy, including general oversight of all operations and resources of the company, to support strategic growth. As leader of the Executive Team, he will ensure that all operational priorities and business unit goals are in alignment with CareFirst’s strategic direction.
Mickey has experience in the successful management the company’s fiscal affairs, having served as Chief Financial Officer for CareFirst CHPDC. His Corporate responsibilities also include Finance Operations, Corporate Development and Transaction Services, Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis and Decision Support Services.
Prior to joining to CareFirst CHPDC, Slade was the CEO of KeyMIC, Inc. where he provided financial consulting to a variety of major healthcare companies focusing on cost control, planning, organizational leadership, budgeting, cash flow optimization, auditing, and SEC reporting.
Micky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Hampton University. He earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chief Financial Officer, Interim
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Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining CareFirst, Ms. Gray was the Director of the Long-Term Care Administration at the District of Columbia's Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) for five years. More broadly, Ms. Gray has over 19 years of experience in healthcare operations management, largely in sub-acute and long-term care provider services. Prior to her work at DHCF, she was a Regional Director with Global Healthcare Services Group, LLC based in Howell, NJ. The course of her professional tenure has seen her in roles in public health, acute, sub-acute, and long-term care, home health, and school-based care settings. Her leadership experience also includes instruction at the university level, and within the broader lens of care, her passions include advocacy and access for historically underserved populations.
Ms. Gray holds a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University, an MS from Howard University, and a Healthcare MBA from The George Washington University.
Dr. Karyn Wills
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Karyn Wills is the Chief Medical Officer of CareFirst CHPDC, a Medicaid MCO and brings over 26 years of clinical and managed care experience. She is responsible for all components of the medical management operations at CHPDC. Dr. Wills helps to develop clinical programs for populations that improve health outcomes and improve member experiences. She has developed, implemented, supported and promoted population health strategies and tactics, policies and programs that drive the delivery of high-value healthcare. These strategies, policies, and programs comprise of care management, utilization management, quality improvement and network management.
Chief Information Officer
Cynthia O'Neill brings over 30 years of healthcare information technology experience to her role as Chief Information Officer at CareFirst CHPDC. She provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust and secure information technology environment that meets all regulatory requirements for the company and the clients we support. Ms. O'Neill is charged with creating the CareFirst CHPDC Information Technology strategic initiatives that align with the short- and long-term CareFirst corporate goals. On a daily basis, she directs the CareFirst CHPDC's IT program, which includes enterprise architecture, policy and standards development, IT business plan implementation, information management, security and workforce development. She manages and oversees the CareFirst CHPDC IT resources including, System Configuration, Encounters, HealthCare Analytics and reporting, Network Administration and outsourced Network, and Security and Programming vendors. Ms. O'Neill partners with our regulatory agents to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations while using innovative technology to support the company's overall strategic vision.
Chief Compliance Officer
Brian Geesaman is an experienced Compliance and Program Integrity professional with more than 20 years of experience in managed care, corporate compliance, and program integrity for government-funded health care programs. As the Chief Compliance Officer and Program Integrity Director for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan District of Columbia (CHPDC), Mr. Geesaman also serves as a liaison from the health plan to the District of Columbia's Department of Healthcare Finance (DHCF's) Program Integrity Office.
Mr. Geesaman possesses extensive expertise in identifying operational risks, developing remediation plans, and implementing programs that prevent detection and deter fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) of health care funds. He is also highly effective in managing privacy and information security programs to ensure that Protected Health Information is maintained in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and documented company policy.
Chief Quality Officer
Belinda is the Chief Quality Officer at CareFirst CHPDC. She provides oversight to quality improvement activities throughout the entire organization, from performance measurement to initiative development/deployment. Ms. Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and an MHA degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She has a great passion for improvement of health care for all people in different communities.
Director, Strategy and Development
As the Director of Strategy & Development, Ahna Millat is responsible for working with the company's Executive Leadership team and departmental leaders to help develop and drive CareFirst CHPDC's strategic initiatives. She brings to this role the experience and knowledge acquired from her previous position as Sr. Director of Operations for CareFirst CHPDC. As Sr. Director of Operations, Ms. Millat oversaw the key operational areas of Claims, Enrollment, Enrollee Services, and Provider Appeals.
Ahna Millat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Miami University, and Juris Doctorate from The University of Toledo College of Law. She has earned a Certificate of Project Management from Georgetown University.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan District of Columbia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BLUE CROSS®, BLUE SHIELD® and the Cross and Shield Symbols are registered service marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
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