OhioHealth Names Carrie Harris-Muller as First Leader of Population Health
Harris-Muller to lead OhioHealth on journey to value-based healthcare
OhioHealth announced today the appointment of Carrie Harris-Muller to a newly created position, senior vice president of Population Health.
“Healthcare is on a transformational journey from a fee-for-service business model to one of value-based care,” said Mike Louge, executive vice president and chief operating officer for OhioHealth. “Simply put, that means that healthcare systems will not only be treating patients when they get sick or injured but will be partnering more than ever with them on wellness and disease prevention. This is a major shift and we’re very pleased that Carrie will be helping to lead the way on this journey.”
“OhioHealth’s journey to a population health management company is a paradigm shift from patients to members, from volume to value with an intense focus on quality and cost for a positive patient experience. We want to make health care easier so life can be better,” said Harris-Muller. “We need to provide more points of access and more wellness incentives that motivate people to participate in their own health care. Plus, we need to simplify everything because health care is complicated and that gets in the way.”
The shift toward a value-based system will require new and different payment models and strategies for engaging with payers and employers. In Harris-Muller’s new role, she will lead the overall strategic direction around population health which includes continued growth of OhioHealth’s clinically integrated network, driven by data analytics and insights, and market strategies through OhioHealthy and OhioHealth employer services.
“The incentives are all aligned here,” said Harris-Muller. “We want to help people in our community thrive and be healthy so they can live happier, healthier lives while lowering healthcare costs at the same time. That’s the win-win and we’re excited to be moving very purposefully in that direction.”
Harris-Muller’s work experience includes serving in a corporate executive role with Molina Healthcare where she led a wide portfolio in the provider and payer space. She is viewed as an expert on topics such as clinical integration and accountable care organizations (ACOs) and has been a guest speaker on these topics with large employers like Marriott, Lockheed Martin, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP), to name a few.
She has also worked for Kaiser Permanente as the chief administrative officer in the Mid-Atlantic States with accountability for the health plan and integrated care delivery.
Harris-Muller earned her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration and Public Health from Central Michigan University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. She has also completed executive management and leadership programs at Harvard, the University of North Carolina and Northwestern.
Awards, Recognition and Leadership
She is a certified Managed Care Executive by the American Association of Health Plan’s and was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2008 and 2011. She is also a featured adjunct lecturer on managed health care and health care delivery in the military at the National Defense University, Department of Defense, and Washington D.C.
Harris-Muller has a daughter who attends The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and lives with her husband in Delaware.
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 12 years in a row, 2007-2018.
Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 29,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 10 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.
OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth Shelby Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.