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Howard Cutler named vice president, payor strategies, for Main Line Health

June 9, 2014 News Releases

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.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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