Meet Erik Helms, 1st Head of Paying Performance at Novant



Erik Helms has been in his new role as Payor Performance Manager at Novant Health, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for about a week. This role is the first of its kind for the health system.

Job responsibilities include overseeing payor relations, exposing Novant executives and staff to value-based strategies and increasing organizational revenue.

Mr. Helms has over two decades of payor experience, having held leadership roles at Centene, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and HealthPlus of Michigan.

“I think the depth and breadth of my exposure to the types of payers, the payers strategies, the industries that I have supported by working in various regions of the country, and in multiple markets, large and small, local and national, and the capabilities I brought to those plans, are the kinds of things I bring to Novant, ”he said. Becker in an interview.

Mr. Helms is busy preparing Novant for North Carolina’s transition to a Medicaid managed care program in July. This will be the healthcare system’s first experience with managed care.

As health systems strategize and prepare for what lies beyond the pandemic, Mr. Helms’ goal is no different.

“We have learned a lot from COVID-19,” he said. “We are looking for opportunities to innovate and collaborate differently. We are looking for new and innovative ways to deliver care with an emphasis on health equity. “


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