Jimmy Lewis was raised on a farm in rural South Georgia where he was born in Cordele, Georgia to a farming family. Having graduated high school in Cordele, Georgia, he attended Middle Georgia College and then Auburn University. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn. Jimmy has held senior management positions in six Fortune 500 companies as well as purchasing and co-owning a farm equipment manufacturing company. After the sale of his company, he joined the health care industry where he founded HomeTown Health, a rural hospital support company, in 1999. HomeTown Health, under his leadership, founded HomeTown Health University which is an IACET accredited online Business Office, Revenue Cycle, and Compliance Education University with enrollment reaching 13,000 students.
During the ownership of the manufacturing company, he developed an insurance program for its employees that nowadays would be known as a self-insured plan with specific and aggregate stop loss limits all while managing his own Third-Party Administrator for his employee insurance program. This experience has facilitated his advocacy for insurance improvements for rural hospitals.
He has been instrumental in passing key rural legislation and regulation for Medicaid Reimbursement, Certificate of Need, State Merit Insurance, PPS (Prospective Payment System) and Critical Access Hospitals. All of these initiatives have been key to the survival of rural hospitals and rural health care in Georgia. Under his leadership, HomeTown Health has grown from a Georgia-based virtual company, where 60+ hospital members and 60 business partners cumulatively have over $1 billion in sales, to now working with rural hospitals in several states across the US including Florida, Virginia, California, Illinois and Iowa. HomeTown Health activities range from the identification of best practice solutions, to revenue cycle and compliance education, collective purchasing, developing managed care strategies, reimbursement advocacy, as well as legislative representation.
Lewis also was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal four years ago to the Georgia Governor’s Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee (a rural hospital sustainability research program that has included over 20 rural hospitals) and he serves on the board for the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, a not- for-profit telemedicine network with over 300 providers using state of the art remote diagnostic and monitoring technology. HomeTown Health’s efforts have been very instrumental in saving many rural hospitals.
Jimmy has been quoted often in local, state, and national newspapers and business journals including The Atlanta Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal while also speaking and testifying before legislative, county and health care organizations.
Jimmy is married with two grown sons. He and his wife, June, live in Cumming, Georgia.
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