CEO, CountyCare Health Plan, Cook County Health and Hospitals System
James Kiamos is the CEO of CountyCare Health Plan. Integrated within Cook County Health & Hospitals System, which is the third largest public health system in the country, CountyCare serves over 300,000 members in Cook County Illinois.
James has more than 25 years of experience in the managed care industry; the past 12 years were payor-focused in government products. Prior to CountyCare, James served in multiple plan leadership roles at Family Health Network (FHN) and Harmony/WellCare. At FHN, James designed the growth strategy and successfully led adaptation to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and Illinois Mandatory Medicaid Managed Care, working with network hospitals and individual providers to cover an additional 180,000 lives. Under his tenure, he established and oversaw the largest provider network in the market in Cook and the collar counties with over 100 hospitals and 19,000 physicians. Prior to joining FHN James served as Sr. Director of Network Management for WellCare/Harmony Health Plans with responsibility over contracting and provider relations in Illinois and Indiana. Other work experience includes serving as Executive Director at North American Medical Management. James had responsibility for building and maintaining a full risk Medicare Advantage Physician Hospital Organization (PHO). He also was tasked with network build for Aveta HealthCare’s Chronic Special Needs Plan (CSNP) Medicare Advantage Plan, which was launched for individuals with chronic heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition to his payor experience, James has extensive experience leading hospitals and PHOs with their managed care risk strategies and operations, and has spent considerable time in DC advocating for health care access in Cook County and Illinois.
A Chicago native, James’ education includes a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a master of business administration from Loyola University Chicago.