Groups representing managed care and organizations that pay for the care are switching locations and personnel.
The Alliance of Community Health Plans has moved its headquarters to Washington from New Brunswick, N.J., to help spread its members' message to a broader national audience, officials said. The move comes just five months after the organization named Jack Ebeler, former director of healthcare at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as its new president and chief executive officer.
The ACHP is made up of not-for-profit and provider-owned health plans serving more than 12 million enrollees in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Its members include Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, Brookline, Mass.-based Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound.
Separately, the Washington Business Group on Health, a not-for-profit coalition of 165 large employers, last week named Helen Darling as its new president, effective Sept. 17.
Darling replaces Mary Jane England, M.D., who resigned to become president of Regis College in Weston, Mass.
Previously, Darling was a senior consultant on group benefits and health costs at the Stamford, Conn., office of Watson Wyatt Worldwide and assisted in the development of quality standards used by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She also has been an adviser to the Senate Finance Committee's health subcommittee and a researcher at HHS and the National Academy of Sciences.