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Health Economics Committee (HEC)

The HEC meets bi-monthly, includes about two dozen members, and is a multi-stakeholder group with representatives from provider organizations, purchasers, brokers, health plans, researchers, consumers and Milliman. This committee led the initial effort to select a data vendor for the Alliance, managing the RFP process that led to the selection of Milliman. The focus of the HEC is on improving transparency of utilization and price variation to reduce unwarranted variation and the overall cost trend.

Name Title Organization
David DiGiuseppe Vice President, Healthcare Economics Community Health Plan of Washington
Jerome Dugan Professor of Health Services University of Washington
Jim Fitzpatrick Vice President, Pacific Northwest Cigna
Will Fox Principal and Consulting Actuary Milliman
Albert Froling Technical Product Manager Washington State Hospital Association
Stephanie Garnett Network Market Head Aetna
Jim Gregson Vice President Parker, Smith & Feek
Sean Haugen Network & Contracting Analytics Director, Actuarial Services: WA Region Kaiser Permanente Washington
Jutta Joesch Healthcare Economist King County
Jae Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Administration Washington State University Elson S Floyd College of Medicine
David LaMarche Chief Administrative Officer Eastside Health Network
Shawna Lang Account Manager Health Care Authority
Ross Laursen Vice President Premera Blue Cross
Larry McNutt Senior Vice President, Corporate Admin/Pension Northwest Administrators, Inc.
Christine Palermo Physician Advisor, Finance Virginia Mason Medical Center
Deborah Profant Associate Director, Managed Care Medical Science Liaison Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Brian Ritchie Assistant Director Actuarial – Strategic Provider Analytics Regence BlueShield
John Robinson, MD Consumer Representative
Steve Schramm, MD Vice President and Chief Financial Officer MultiCare Connected Care, LLC
Walter Sive Consumer Representative
Karen Wren Benefits Manager Point B