naviHealth creates network strategy president role

David Adams

Fast-growing post-acute care manager naviHealth has recruited a former executive of both U.S. Renal Care and Humana to lead a new initiative to better connect directly with care providers.

David Adams has joined naviHealth as president of network strategy and operations, a new position at the Brentwood-based company. In his role, he will link up with providers and payers as they look to build partnerships that span different areas of the care continuum.

Adams has more than 20 years of experience in provider contracting, risk program development and management, specialty benefits management and other areas. He had been senior vice president of managed care since April 2016 and before than was VP of national ancillary contracting at insurer Humana for a year and a half.

“David was an obvious choice to fill our new President of Network Strategy and Operations position,” naviHealth President and COO Carter Paine said in a statement. “His broad background and experience with payers and providers, along with his work with several of the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage plans, afford him a well-rounded perspective that will drive our network creation and management strategy. This is essential to support clients as they transition to value-based models.”

Eight-year-old naviHealth is in the middle of a big growth spurt that will add 20 markets to its footprint and yield the hiring of hundreds by early 2020. The company employs more than 1,000 people, nearly half of them working in the Nashville area.

“While traditionally providers have had to form their own partnerships from scratch, naviHealth is taking a different approach,” Adams said. “We’re forming and nurturing those relationships on our clients’ behalf to create a smoother process for their own value-based initiatives and enable them to reward partners based on quality and outcomes.”

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