President and CEO, Independence Health Group
Deavens has led Independence Health Group since 2021. It is the parent company of Independence Blue Cross, which along with its affiliates covers more than 8 million individuals nationwide. In 2023, Independence Blue Cross convened the Regional Coalition to Eliminate Race-Based Medicine. The coalition, which includes many prominent provider organizations in the Philadelphia area, intends to work to remove race “adjustments” from 15 commonly used clinical decision support tools and develop alternative best practices that do not reinforce a biological understanding of race. Deavens serves on the boards of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans; Quartet Health, a technology company that supports mental health services, and Alegeus Technologies, a healthcare payment technology company.