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Kathi Saunders

Professional Services (Contract)

Specialties: Business Development, Proposal Strategic Planning, Provider Network Building, Start-Up Implementation Work

Home Base: Greensboro, NC

Kathi brings over 20 years of experience in Medicaid and Medicare managed care development and operations. Her work in business development and provider network development in multiple states strongly contributed to the growth of both provider-sponsored and private-sector health plans. In addition to building large provider networks, Kathi successfully developed critical provider and government agency relationships and led winning RFP responses.

Most recently, Kathi played a key role in the startup of AllyAlign Health, which focused on partnering with long-term care providers to create and implement risk-bearing Medicare SNPs (ISNPs). She built key partnerships in the long-term care community; built Medicare networks; and oversaw the network Development team, as well as the network management functions related to creating and maintaining successful networks. Kathi began her career in a large, integrated health care system overseeing the development and implementation of Sentara Healthcare. She was one of the first employees at the Medicaid-only health plan, Americaid, which is now Amerigroup (owned by Anthem). There, she developed the Georgia Medicaid plan, built the Dallas provider network, and became the Chief Operating Officer of the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

Kathi’s passion is earning the trust and respect of her peers and clients through integrity. She values listening to clients and providing her expertise and experience to help create meaningful and long-lasting results.

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Kathi firmly embraces Optimetra’s core values. Read her thoughts on Integrity.

Kathi Saunders
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.