Consociate Health Names Scott Barnes Vice President of Business and Network Development

Latest addition to leadership team continues expansion of community-focused healthcare model in the Midwest and Southern US

DECATUR, IL  – Third-Party Administrator (TPA) Consociate Health today announced healthcare industry veteran Scott Barnes as the new Vice President of Business and Network Development. Barnes, based in Tennessee, is the latest in a series of top-level executive hires by Consociate as they aggressively expand their community-focused healthcare model throughout the US.

Scott Barnes is a respected sales and marketing leader with almost 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Scott will lead the Consociate team in developing and managing the company’s Direct to Employer High Performance Networks.

Barnes comes to Consociate after more than 25 years with HealthSCOPE Benefits St. Louis. Previously serving as a vice president of operations for a St. Louis hospital, Scott became Director of Network Management at HealthSCOPE in 1993 and then led HealthSCOPE Benefits Network Service and Analytics Division until 2009. For the last 10 years, Barnes served as vice president of sales at HealthSCOPE. Scott contributed to a 300% growth of HealthSCOPE Benefits over the last 10 years. During his tenure, Scott developed relationships with strategic medical captive partners and developed a hospital based Community Care Network which utilized direct preferred contracts with key hospital partners and associated physicians, significantly reducing the cost of care in the market.

“Consociate’s growth is focused on developing a team that thrives in our culture of innovation and progress. As we expand nationally, Scott’s expertise in healthcare network development will advance our strategy of building and managing Direct to Employer High Performance Networks and bringing together select high quality/low cost health systems and employers in mutually-beneficial partnerships,” said Consociate President Darren Reynolds.

“We are aggressively growing to meet the needs of clients and we’re excited about the future of Consociate as we engage some of the top leaders in this field to guide our team,” he added.

Barnes is the second recent addition to Consociate leadership. In April, Ziad Rubaie joined Consociate Health as Chief Business Development Officer. His expertise in bringing together strategic healthcare partnerships that drive solutions for clients and their members is highly respected in the industry.

Barnes said, “Employers want clarity in a market where true costs and quality of care are difficult to identify. As Vice President of Business and Network Development, I will lead our team in developing and managing those networks. I joined Consociate Health because I share the vision that an independent TPA in partnership with employers and select high performance providers can reverse run away medical cost and improve member health.”

Existing partnerships with nearly 20 healthcare systems have allowed Consociate to perfect its community centric model using data integration strategies and data driven decision support resources. That success, and the need for more patient-centered service from TPAs industry-wide, led to the decision to expand.

For more than 40 years, Consociate Health has partnered with employers of all sizes to deliver employee benefit program consulting and administrative services. As a Third-Party Administrator (TPA), Consociate has built a reputation for exceptional accuracy, customer service and a focus on helping employers with innovative cost containment solutions.

Through data analytics, Consociate provides its clients with personalized analysis of their plans to ensure they have quality data and are using that data to make educated decisions.

Essential data analytics allow Consociate Health to integrate claims, eligibility, financial and other healthcare data into a consolidated system database; analyze member health and then identify cost drivers; monitor health plan utilization; and forecast employer healthcare costs – which allows them to develop a strategy to manage and control healthcare costs for employers and members.