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Novant Health announces Erik Helms as new senior vice president and chief payor performance officer


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.― Novant Health has named Erik Helms as the new senior vice president and chief payor performance officer. In addition to leading the business development and sales team, he will oversee Novant Health’s payor relationships and lead the system’s pricing strategy. Helms will report to John Gizdic, executive vice president and chief business development officer, Novant Health.

“We are excited to have Erik Helms spearhead Novant Health’s pricing strategy,” said Gizdic. “At Novant Health, we recognize that cost shouldn’t be a barrier for our communities to receive remarkable care. I’m confident that Erik’s extensive experience in driving successful business results for multibillion-dollar reimbursement programs will enable Novant Health to work with our payor partners to keep our high-quality care affordable.”

Helms brings over 20 years of leadership experience and has a proven track record of driving successful business results for multibillion-dollar reimbursement programs. In his most recent role as chief performance officer for the Buckeye Health Plan in Columbus, Ohio, he led product performance and outcomes for a broad portfolio of government programs. Helms also directed and developed innovative data-driven accountable care contracting and value-based relationship strategies for a statewide network of providers to ensure growth, network adequacy and overall excellence of performance across multiple lines of business. Prior to working at the Buckeye Health Plan, he held multiple leadership positions in health care, including Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and HealthPlus of Michigan.

Helms received a Bachelor of Arts in public and international policy and a Master of Science in epidemiology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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