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Johnsie Wallace, M.S.P.H.

Professional Services (Contract)

Specialties: Provider Relations, Provider Network Development, Network Management & Negotiation, Policy Writing, Community Relations and Outreach, Community/Healthcare Event Planning and other Health Care Consulting Services

Home Base: Memphis, TN

Having worked in the health insurance market for over 20 years, Johnsie is an experienced Managed Care Negotiator with skills in the Payer/Provider Relations, Network Development, and Contracting arenas. She is an expert in negotiating contracts with physicians, hospitals, and ancillary providers for Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare, and TRICARE reimbursement. Her strengths include building provider networks; educating, training and servicing physicians; planning Provider and Community Relations events; developing policies, procedures, and presentations; and simultaneously managing multiple projects.

Johnsie has a passion for improving healthcare outcomes for everyone through ensuring that Provider and Community relationships are built for success. During her tenure at BlueCross BlueShield, Johnsie managed and directed the Network Development, Contracting and Provider Relations efforts for 2 regions. She negotiated contract terms with physicians, physician groups, ancillaries and hospitals. In addition, she marketed payer products, such as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), Pay for Performance, and ACOs to the medical community and managed relationships to secure long-term commitments and lower costs. She identified key partners and facilitated the creation of PCMHs, utilized financial analyses to develop reimbursement rate proposals, and built new provider networks to help her clients compete in narrow network markets (notably Medicaid and Medicare in for BlueCross and as a consultant) and win large contracts. She has also determined network adequacy, directed Medicaid capitation processes, wrote policies and procedures, and planned Provider and Community Relations events.

As a successful network development professional, Johnsie is well versed in project management, strategy & planning, and persuasive communication. She has excellent interpersonal capabilities and works hard to understand your needs, garnering the best information to develop competitive solutions and concise and compelling proposal content. Her deep subject matter expertise, combined with excellent communication skills, makes her a strong asset to any team.

Find out more about Johnsie on LinkedIn.

Johnsie firmly embraces Optimetra’s core values. Read her thoughts on Communication.

Johnsie Wallace, M.S.P.H.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou