Main Line Health has named Howard Cutler to the position of vice president, payor strategies, effective June 23, 2014. Mr. Cutler most recently served as assistant vice president, managed care, at Tenet Healthcare Corporation overseeing regional payer relations for 30 hospitals in eight Tenet markets, including two in Philadelphia. Mr. Cutler will strategically lead all of Main Line Health’s payor relationships. Reporting directly to the executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, Cutler will play a key role in the creation and implementation of an organization-wide strategic approach to current and future health reform payment initiatives.
“Defining new payor strategies will be a critically important role in shaping the future of Main Line Health as we assess the impact of health care reform,” said Mike Buongiorno, Main Line Health Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We are thrilled that Howard will be joining Main Line Health and leading our team to participate proactively in new and alternative payor relationships and contracting strategies.”
Cutler has extensive experience in managed care contracting and health care financing, including as Vice President of Network Development for Coventry’s Pennsylvania subsidiary, HealthAmerica, and Regional Head of Medical Economics for Aetna’s Mid-Atlantic Region (which included Pennsylvania). He earned a MBA and law degree, cum laude, from Temple University and dual undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He was also selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal among its “40 Under 40” Class of 2008. He is active as a board member of several civic not-for-profit organizations in the Delaware Valley.
The Payor Strategies Division was recently established by Main Line Health as a result of the restructuring of Jefferson Health System (JHS), which had previously provided several overarching business management functions, including contracting with payors and management of provider network relationships, for Main Line Health and its other affiliates.