Biography

Leanne Berge

CEO, Community Health Plan of WA

Leanne serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) and Community Health Network of Washington (CHNW). CHPW was formed 25 years ago by a statewide network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) with a strong belief that through integrating the provider community with a community-based health plan, they could best serve their patients and communities.

This network, CHNW, together with CHPW, focuses on the most vulnerable populations in the State of Washington. Today, the Plan serves over 300,000 enrollees in various state government programs and Medicare Advantage offering both Part C & Part D benefits. CHPW is the only notfor-profit Washington-based Medicaid managed care organization in the state and is strongly committed to the needs of the communities it serves. Its governing body consists of 19 CHCs that in including CHPW enrollees care for over 700,000 patients annually throughout the State of Washington.

Prior to joining CHPW/CHNW in 2016, Leanne held executive leadership roles in nationally respected Massachusetts health care organizations, including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Health Plan – Network Health, Commonwealth Care Alliance, and most recently Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA). Leanne received her undergraduate degree in Politics, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University and her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, also magna cum laude.

Leanne began her career as a litigation attorney and focused on healthcare after serving as the Chief Enforcement Counsel at Massachusetts Division of Insurance. Leanne devoted 18 years to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, an early staff-model HMO and national leader in integrated care and quality. After serving for several years as its Deputy General Counsel, Leanne assumed responsibility for the Network Management function, including contracting for over $3 billion in medical services across four states. During her tenure at Harvard Pilgrim, she pioneered and negotiated one of the first successful pay for performance contract models in that region with a major integrated delivery system. This groundbreaking value-based contracting approach set the standard for other plans and providers and was instrumental in significant cost savings and quality improvement.

Leanne left Harvard Pilgrim to join Network Health, a top five NCQA-accredited Medicaid health plan owned by a safety net provider system. At Network Health, she served as Chief Legal Counsel as well as Senior Vice President for strategy, business development, government relations, public policy and advocacy, compliance, and the project management office. Notably, Leanne led planning and procurement of the statewide contract for One Care Duals Demonstration project for enrollees between the ages of 21 and 65. In 2013, Leanne joined Commonwealth Care Alliance, a market leader in serving the dually eligible populations, to build the new One Care program for that organization, ultimately growing CCA from 4,500 to 15,000 new enrollees, and creating a national model for serving this population. Most recently, Leanne served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mount Auburn Cambridge IPA (MACIPA), a highly innovative physician-based accountable care organization, where she focused on the organization’s Medicare strategy and improving the clinical outcomes for all its patients.

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