Show Guests:Jay Mason, VP MyHealthDIRECT
Topic: Reducing Cost & Improving Quality
Jay Mason leads the organizations strategy and vision, aligning innovative industry business models to the development of its technologies and services. Its application and services are widely-used by health systems, hospitals, managed care organizations and State health information exchange initiatives, resulting in the reduction of unnecessary emergency room visits, cost savings for hospitals and public health programs and better access to care and care coordination for patients. Mason’s future plan also includes a model where consumers can use the solution on their smart phone to find and secure healthcare appointments in their communities.
Mason launched National Employee Benefits in 1988, one of the first chiropractic benefit management firms in the country. In 1998, he sought out and led in the merger with American WholeHealth in that year. As CEO of their managed care division, AWH became the leader in complementary and alternative benefits, with over 30,000 contracted providers and 20 million covered lives.
A strong believer in community service, he has served on the Board of Directors of Congo Initiative, Board of Directors of Christian Stewardship Foundation and Board of Directors of Concordia University of Wisconsin. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Concordia School of Pharmacy. Mason holds a graduate degree in non-profit management from Carroll University, and a business management bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
Tom Reilly, Vice President-Health Care Solutions
Tom is currently Vice President of Healthcare Solutions for My Health Direct, Inc. In his capacity Tom has a role in shaping the strategic direction of the company. Other responsibilities include generating new business and ensuring that current accounts are renewed and strengthened.
Having held key roles in the for-profit, not-for-profit, and government sectors, Tom Reilly has a nuanced understanding of the unique values and culture associated with each.
In the governmental sector, Tom served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, he reported to the lead person in the agency and was charged with ensuring that critical projects and priorities were successfully completed.
Implementation of new programs, such as the Chronic Care Improvement Program, was among his responsibilities. Management of operational priorities, such as staffing allocation, was also among his responsibilities.
In the non-profit arena, Tom served as Director of Government Affairs for Aurora Health Care. He advocated for Aurora’s integrative approach to health care delivery among federal, state, and local governments. In addition to securing additional governmental funds for Aurora, he successfully advocated for a new initiative to improve care for patients with chronic conditions. As a result of his efforts, Aurora secured onsite access to state Medicaid enrollment specialists.
Tom has also worked in the for-profit sector prior to working for My Health Direct. As Account Manager for Cenpatico Behavioral Health, part of Centene Corporation, it was his responsibility to successfully interface behavioral health services within the health plans. Prior to working for Cenpatico, he founded an independent consulting firm, Evolution Strategies, to find ways to bring community-based solutions to the most challenging demands of business.