Dr. Alefiyah Mesiwala, who served as senior policy advisor in healthcare to former President Barack Obama at the White House, has been appointed the new chief medical officer of Humana Inc-owned subsidiary Humana Military. Mesiwala will assume charge on March 15 and report to Brent Densford, President, Humana Government Business, Inc. – Humana Military. The company has been partnering with the Department of Defense and the Defense Health Agency to administer health coverage for US Military active duty service beneficiaries, retirees and family members through the TRICARE health program.
- Dr. Mesiwala joins the company from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan, where she has served since 2017 as Senior Medical Director for Value-based Care and Innovation for UPMC Health Plan. She led the clinical design and implementation of primary care and specialty-focused alternative payment models.
- Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan, Dr. Mesiwala served the federal government as senior policy advisor in healthcare from 2015 until 2017, where she was responsible for furthering the Administration’s progress in health care policy.
- Densford said: “Humana Military is excited to have Dr. Mesiwala join our team and strengthen our partnership with the DHA. Dr. Mesiwala’s background as a physician, combined with her experiences in integrated payer and provider health, Federal government, and preventive medicine, will make her a critical leader on our team. Dr. Mesiwala’s proven track record in alternative payment models and clinical quality improvement will support DHA and Humana Military navigate a critical and important shift towards value-based care for the TRICARE population.”
- According to the company, Dr. Mesiwala is expected to provide strategic leadership and direction for medical management and clinical operations of the TRICARE contract to ensure the delivery of high quality integrated health care. She will lead large-scale transformation of the Humana Military business towards value-based care delivery, leveraging Humana’s significant capabilities in population health management and integrated care to better serve the physical and behavioral health needs of the TRICARE population.