Bob was named the Executive Director of Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions at its formation in January 2012*. Bob joined Children’s Mercy in 2002 as the CEO of Children's Mercy Family Health Partners, a 210,000 member safety net health plan that was owned by Children's Mercy until it was sold in January 2012. CMFHP contracted with the states of Kansas and Missouri to provide health insurance benefits to children and adults that are eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
Bob has over 25 years of experience as an executive in health care and managed care organizations. Before joining Children's Mercy, Bob held various leadership positions in administration, network development, provider relations, and marketing with several national and regional managed care organizations in Kansas and Missouri.
Doug Blowey, MD is the Medical Director for Integrated Care Solutions and Chief Clinical Integration Officer for Children’s Mercy. He provides medical leadership to ICS and health system level leadership for Children’s Mercy’s clinical integration initiatives.
Doug is a Pediatric Nephrologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology who has been on the faculty at Children’s Mercy Hospital for over 20 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and subsequent pediatric and fellowship training at Children’s Mercy and the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario, Canada. He is board certified in Pediatric Nephrology and Clinical Pharmacology. He remains clinically active as part of the Nephrology section where he serves as the Director of the Hypertension program. During his tenure at Children’s Mercy, Doug has participated in numerous hospital committees and held key leadership roles. He has served as the fellowship director for the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship program, Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutic committee, and as the secretary/treasurer, president-elect, and president of the Medical staff. He is currently the Medical Director for Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas.
Bob serves as the Director of Information Technology for Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions*. He is the former Chief Information Officer of Children's Mercy Family Health Partners, a safety net health plan that was owned by Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics until it was sold in January 2012. Bob has been with CMH since 2001. At CMPCN, Bob is responsible for IT operations and strategy as well as information security.
Bob has 20 years of IT experience, and more than 10 years in the healthcare sector. Prior to joining CMFHP, Bob worked in the manufacturing sector for 20 years. It was during this time that he made the transition from manufacturing operations and engineering support, to Information Technology.
Suzie serves as the Director of Financial Services for Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions*. She is the former CFO of Children's Mercy Family Health Partners, a safety net health plan that was owned by Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics until it was sold in January 2012. Suzie has been with CMH since 1999. At CMPCN, Suzie is responsible for all financial and accounting operations, budget and tax compliance.
Suzie has more than 21 years of healthcare finance experience. Prior to joining CMFHP, Suzie worked for 10 years in public accounting and as the Director of Administration and the CFO for a behavioral health Medicaid vendor. She received her B.Sc. in Accounting from Kansas State University and has an MHSA from KU Medical Center.
Luke serves as the Director of Network Operations for Children's Health Network (CHN). He provides leadership and professional management services in operations, information technology, analytics and strategy. Luke has been with Children's Mercy since 2014.
Luke has nearly 10 years of operations, strategy, and information technology experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Children's Health Network, Luke served as the Director of Business Intelligence for Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, one of the nation's first multi-system, clinically integrated accountable care networks with five health systems, an academic medical center and over 100 independent practices. In this role, Luke was responsible for the implementation and optimization of the network's systems and tools for population management and care coordination. Prior to transitioning into healthcare services, Luke was a supply chain manager and operations engineer for the nation's largest manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products.
Luke has an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Pamela is the Director of Provider Relations for Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions*. Pamela is responsible for the development and maintenance of the network of providers. This position is responsible for the communication and education of the provider network. She also assists in the recruitment, contracting and credentialing of providers and assures that systems are in place to provide support to that network.
The Provider Relations department coordinates activities between contracted health plans and the provider network while serving as a single point of contact for problem resolution.
Pamela has 25+ years in the administration of managed care plans for both government programs (Medicare and Medicaid) and commercial markets. Pamela has served in various executive leadership positions including operations, payer relations, compliance and regulatory affairs.
Ma'ata Lipford is the Senior Administrative Director, Care Continuum. Prior to the formation of Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions*, Ma'ata was the Chief Clinical Officer for Children's Mercy Family Health Partners, a 210,000 member safety net health plan that was owned by Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics until it was sold in January 2012. She spent nearly 10 years at CMFHP with responsibility for the medical management, disease management, pharmacy, NCQA and quality improvement departments.
Prior to joining CMFHP, Ma'ata developed and implemented a multi-disciplinary inpatient case management program at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, focused on collaborative discharge planning, development of clinical pathways, and monitoring of variance data. Before her position at St. Luke's Hospital, she spent 5 years at United Healthcare managing the quality management and medical management departments. Ma'ata holds a Registered Nursing degree and a Master's in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Case Manager.
Kent serves as the Director of Medical Economics for Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions*. He is the former Director of Financial Analysis of Children's Mercy Family Health Partners, a safety net health plan that was owned by Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics until it was sold in January 2012. Kent has been with CMH since 2006.
Kent has more than 10 years of managed care experience and 25 years total of financial and accounting experience. Kent began his professional career with a regional CPA firm. He then spent seven years at the corporate headquarters of a national retail company, holding a variety of finance positions. Before joining CMFHP, his previous healthcare experience included five years as plan controller for Coventry Health Care in Wichita, Kansas. Kent is a CPA and graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in Accounting and Economics.
Candace was a certified asthma educator (AE-C) and has over 20 years of experience as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and in managed care. During the last 13 years, she has led a number of guideline-based initiatives for improving childhood asthma diagnosis and management at the primary care level. This has involved coaching community-based providers and their staff on integrating the use of the NHLBI guidelines into their routine workflow to deliver consistent, quality asthma care.
She is currently the Director of Care Integration for the Patient Centered Medical Home Implementation initiative of Children’s Mercy Integrated Care Solutions*. In this role, her focus includes working with the primary care practices to make positive changes in their care and practice management processes to improve patient outcomes. Candace has extensive, direct personal contact with over 30 community-based practices.
Dr. Simmons is the Associate Medical Director for Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions*. Her roles at Children's Mercy Hospital include Medical Director of Utilization Management and Director of Education for the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.
Dr. Simmons completed her residency in pediatrics at CMH. She is board certified in general pediatrics. Dr. Simmons continues to practice as a pediatric hospitalist in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
*Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners was sold in 2012. Children’s Mercy Pediatric Care Network (CMPCN) was formed and began operations by contracting with
Medicaid managed care plans in KS and MO. In 2015, CMPCN changed its legal name to Children’s Mercy Integrated Care Solutions (CMICS) with the vision to serve
the Medicaid population through its Pediatric Care Network (PCN) and the commercially insured population through the newly formed Children’s Health Network (CHN).