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MVP Health Care names Cohen VP of quality

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — MVP Health Care has named Bernard M. Cohen, M.D., vice president of quality. He provides strategic and operational oversight of quality management processes for all lines of business at the health insurer.

Cohen has 24 years of experience consulting with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and recently served as a consultant to MVP, reviewing quality programs for MVP’s chief medical officer, Dr. Elizabeth Malko, according to an MVP news release. During that time, he worked to implement strategies for maximizing MVP’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (or HEDIS) performance.

In his current role, Cohen’s focus is identifying gaps in the health-care services MVP members are receiving and helping providers close these gaps, the insurer said.

“Looking at the data we can identify members who would benefit from a visit with one of their doctors. We can help schedule a recommended service, or even refill their prescriptions,” Cohen said in the release. “Flagging these members and letting providers know they need special attention make for a healthier community in the long run.”

Cohen is a board-certified family physician and previously served as regional chief medical officer at Evolvent Health in Arlington, Virginia. He also served in VP roles with WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Florida for quality management and care management. Earlier, he had leadership roles at other health-care organizations in Georgia and Florida. Dr. Cohen also previously served as a U.S. Navy physician and a private practice physician, per MVP’s release.

Cohen received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, and his MBA from the University of South Florida.

MVP insures about 100,000 members in New York’s individual and small-group markets.

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