BALTIMORE, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- XLHealth, owner of one of the nation's largest Medicare chronic condition special needs plans and a leader in improving the quality of care for seniors with chronic illness, today announced the appointment of John R. Mach, Jr., M.D., to chief medical officer effective August 1, 2009.
Prior to his appointment at XLHealth, Dr. Mach served as chairman and CEO of United HealthCare's Evercare healthplans, the business unit that owns and manages all of United's Medicare special needs plans. While at United HealthCare, Dr. Mach also served as chief medical officer of United HealthCare's Ovations subsidiary, the largest company in the United States dedicated to meeting the health and well-being of people age 50 and older.
As chief medical officer for XLHealth and its Care Improvement Plus Medicare plans, Dr. Mach will be responsible for all clinical program development, medical management and quality improvement efforts within XLHealth. His broad experience as a practicing physician and health plan executive will help XLHealth to continue to provide innovative approaches to support physicians and coordinate the care of chronically ill patients.
"We are privileged to have John Mach join us at XLHealth," said XLHealth's Chairman and CEO Frederick C. Dunlap.
"John is a physician executive with outstanding credentials and a deep understanding of the special needs of our member population. We look forward to working with him as we continue to bring the highest quality of care to the members we serve."
"I have followed XLHealth's development from a disease management company, to a fledging Medicare health plan in 2006, to one of the leading Medicare special needs plans operating in the United States," said Dr. Mach. "I think that XLHealth's model of care, combined with its ability to remain intensely focused on the needs of this special population, has accounted for much of its success. This country must begin to address the needs of the chronically ill in Medicare -- and XLHealth offers a proven and viable model to improve quality and reduce unnecessary medical spending."
Prior to joining United HealthCare, Dr. Mach spent 10 years at the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) serving first as medical director and later as acting director. Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Mach was in private practice as a primary care internist in the Twin Cities.
Dr. Mach is a frequent speaker on the needs of the chronically ill in Medicare and a recognized leader in the appropriate medical management of special needs Medicare beneficiaries.
XLHealth (http://www.xlhealth.com), a Baltimore-based organization focused on improving the health care of chronically ill seniors, is the owner and operator of Care Improvement Plus, one of the nation's largest chronic condition special needs plans. Care Improvement Plus provides a complete Medicare Advantage Part D health plan and disease management services to Medicare beneficiaries living with heart failure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or end-stage renal disease.
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