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Independence Health Group Announces Leadership Changes

Philadelphia, PA — Independence Health Group (Independence) CEO Daniel J. Hilferty announced key organizational changes at the executive level which will take effect January 1, 2019. These changes, which will position Independence for continued growth and leadership in the health care industry, include:

  • Paul Tufano will become President, Independence Health Group. In this role, Tufano will report to Hilferty and take on additional responsibility for leading Independence’s Lines of Business, Facilitated Health Networks, and operational areas. Tufano will continue to serve as CEO and Chairman of AmeriHealth Caritas while assuming his expanded responsibilities at Independence.
  • Anthony Coletta will become CEO of Tandigm Health, and report to Hilferty. Tandigm Health is a leader in value-based care that enables the primary care physicians in its network to provide superior care to patients.  Tandigm Health is wholly owned by Independence Health Group.
  • Jeanie Heffernan will continue in her existing role as Chief Human Resources Officer and become an Executive Vice President.
  • Brian Lobley will become Executive Vice President, Health Markets. In this position, Lobley will continue to lead Independence’s commercial, consumer, and Medicare lines of business. He will take on additional responsibility for AmeriHealth Administrators, AmeriHealth New Jersey and its group pharmacy business. Lobley will also take on oversight of Operations.
  • Marcy Rost will continue in her existing role as Chief Strategy and Communications Officer and become an Executive Vice President.
  • Richard Snyder will become Executive Vice President, Facilitated Health Networks. In addition to his existing responsibilities as Chief Medical Officer, Snyder will have oversight of medical management and policy, provider contracting and reimbursement.
  • Mike Vennera will continue in his existing role as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer and will take on responsibility for overseeing Business Transformation and Innovation, in addition to leading his existing areas.

“As the health care industry continues to change, Independence must evolve and grow to meet the needs of the market and our members,” said Hilferty. “I have great confidence in Paul Tufano’s leadership. In his nearly five years as CEO and Chairman of AmeriHealth Caritas, Paul has driven tremendous nationwide growth. With this outstanding team, I am confident Independence will continue to be a dynamic leader for transforming health care, both nationally and in the local communities we serve.”

In October, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Yvette Bright, announced her retirement as of November 30, 2018. Hilferty said, “Yvette has truly had an outstanding career with Independence over the past 27 years and held key positions in nearly every area of the company. Today, Yvette leads some of the most critical areas of our business. I congratulate Yvette on a phenomenal, ground breaking career and thank her for the constant commitment she demonstrated at every level of leadership.”

Independence Health Group is the parent company of Independence Blue Cross.

About Independence Health Group
Independence Health Group, together with its subsidiaries, serves more than 8 million people nationwide, including nearly 2.5 million in the region. In addition to a growing consumer business, Independence serves employer groups ranging from small businesses to national corporations. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Independence Health Group is a diversified company offering a wide range of services including commercial, Medicare and Medicaid medical coverage, third-party benefits administration, and pharmacy benefits management. Independence Health Group and Independence Blue Cross are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Media contact:
Donna Farrell
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