Pat Wang, Healthfirst President and CEO, has been named as one of 2021’s Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. Wang, who serves as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission(MedPAC), has been hailed for her exemplary leadership in health equity.
- Wang’s area of focus has been underserved communities affected by diseases, health service inequalities and socio-economical challenges in providing them with the best healthcare. As MedPAC commissioner, she advises the US Congress on Medicare payment policy.
- She is also a co-chair of the New Tork State Covid-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force, which is responsible to make sure that no citizen is deprived of access to the Covid-19 vaccine. Her contribution as a team member of Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team II was also noted. Wang also serves on the boards of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the New York Health Plan Association and a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a non-partisan, non-profit civic organization focused on the well-being of future New Yorkers.
- Healthfirst is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit and highest quality health plans. It was founded by 15 leading downstate New York hospital systems in 1993. She has comment immensely in the growth of the company as today one in 7 New Yorkers is a member of Healthfirst products. During her stint, the company’s consumer base increased by more than 400 percent.
- Those responsible for developing policy, infusing changes and leading quality healthcare delivery are recognized in the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare list. This award program recognizes women in leadership roles, spotlighting their administrative and professional accomplishments.
- “Honorees of the 2021 Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare award program have a mission to combat the longstanding imbalance of gender equity at the top rungs of leadership by promoting and hiring more female executives. They serve as mentors and create workplaces that embrace diversity and inclusion. And last year, they did this all while guiding their organizations through a global pandemic,” said Modern Healthcare editor, Aurora Aguilar. “The honorees, chosen out of hundreds of nominations, represent passionate leadership and measurable results in bringing greater diversity to the C-suite and beyond. Because of the importance of these efforts in improving healthcare, we also are excited to announce that from now on we will be recognizing these outstanding leaders every year. Congratulations to the Class of 2021.”