DALLAS, TEXAS, November 11, 2016 – HealthSmart, a leading independent provider of managed care solutions for self–funded employers across the country, today announced that Phil Christianson has been named the Company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Tom Kelly, who has resigned from the Company to pursue other interests.
Mr. Christianson, who brings more than 30 years of experience in health benefits administration, technology and operations to HealthSmart, will become CEO effective November 14, 2016.
“We are very appreciative of Tom’s service to HealthSmart, and very pleased that Phil Christianson will lead HealthSmart’s growth as its new CEO,” said Joe Driscoll, a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. “Phil has repeatedly improved companies serving employers, payers, and providers, and is highly respected within the healthcare industry for his expertise, versatility, and results for clients. We are confident in Phil’s ability to improve the focus of HealthSmart upon customer needs and to advance our mission of providing clients with the highest quality and most cost effective healthcare solutions.”
“HealthSmart will continue to respond to dynamic industry changes and create new opportunities,” said Christianson. “HealthSmart has nurtured customer relationships and has built a powerful platform across several market segments, and I look forward to working with the Board and the talented HealthSmart team to continue delivering outstanding execution for our customers and new growth opportunities created by market changes, regulation, and technology.”
Mr. Christianson previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Payment America Systems, Focused Health Solutions, RealMed, and Corporate Benefit Services of America, leading each to differentiated and improved services for employers, payers, physicians and hospitals. He also led divisions of The Walt Disney Company and United Health Group. Just prior to joining HealthSmart, Mr. Christianson acted as an advisor to and investor in related health services and information technology companies. Mr. Christianson earned a Master of Business Administration from The University of Southern California, a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
For more than 40 years, HealthSmart has offered a wide array of customizable and scalable health plan solutions for self‐funded employers. HealthSmart’s comprehensive service suite addresses individual health from all angles. This includes claims and benefits administration, provider networks, pharmacy benefit management services, business intelligence, onsite employer clinics, care management, a variety of health and wellness initiatives and web‐based reporting. The Company’s headquarters is in Irving, Texas, with regional hubs throughout the country. HealthSmart’s mission is to improve member health andreduce healthcare costs.