Appointment of Former Fresenius Medical Care North America CEO Caps Six Months of Strong Growth
Long Beach, Calif., January 13, 2017 – agilon health, a healthcare services and technology company dedicated to partnering with physicians to create value-based healthcare delivery systems, announced today the appointment of Ronald J. Kuerbitz as chief executive officer, effective February 20, 2017. Mr. Kuerbitz’s announcement caps a period of strong momentum for agilon in which the company filled key leadership roles with deep expertise in value-based healthcare, expanded its geographic reach through strategic partnerships, and grew the number of patients served.
Mr. Kuerbitz was CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America (“Fresenius”), the $13 billion renal-care specialist with 70,000+ employees serving 1.3 million patients. He joins agilon having held a range of senior leadership positions during his 20-year career at Fresenius, including Chief Administration Officer, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Chief Legal Officer, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Kuerbitz is credited with instituting a number of strategic initiatives, including restructuring Fresenius’ core dialysis services operations and creating one of the nation’s leading hospitalist physician practice management companies, supporting 2,000 providers under both fee-based and Medicare shared savings payment systems. Mr. Kuerbitz led the company’s focus on bringing value-based care models to the renal community by creating a Medicare Advantage chronic special needs plan for end stage renal disease patients, entering into delegated capitation agreements for managing end stage renal disease and establishing Fresenius as the largest participant in Medicare’s renal shared savings program.
“We are delighted to welcome Ron to agilon health. He brings a powerful combination of leadership skills in healthcare services broadly and in physician-focused business models specifically,” said Ronald A. Williams, Chairman of agilon and former Chairman and CEO of Aetna. “Ron is a proven business builder with a strong reputation for integrity and a passion for improving the quality of patient health using value-based care.”
agilon was formed in July 2016 through the combination of leading management service organizations and technology businesses in California and Hawaii. The company partners with physicians to deliver better patient outcomes through an enhanced suite of integrated services, including clinical, administrative, and technology solutions. agilon is reinventing the primary care market by establishing long-term strategic and financial partnerships that allow physicians to take greater control of the insurance premiums that flows through their practices.
“I am delighted to join an exceptionally talented management team at agilon, which includes many accomplished health care industry and health IT veterans,” said Mr. Kuerbitz. “We share a common vision for making healthcare more effective by empowering physicians with the administrative, technology and management resources, which can enable them to focus their energies on improving their patients’ health. This is the heart and soul of what agilon is uniquely positioned to facilitate – the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care – with better economics for all participants in the system.”
Mr. Kuerbitz is a graduate of Albion College and received a J.D. degree from Yale Law School. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
In addition to the appointment of Mr. Kuerbitz, agilon has made significant investments in its leadership architecture across multiple functional areas. The leadership team includes highly experienced professionals from across healthcare and technology with a distinct set of skills to bring to life the integrated payment and delivery model of the future.
About agilon health
agilon health partners with physicians to provide high-quality, value-based healthcare. The company, formed in July 2016, operates in major markets across the United States, including Fresno, Hawaii and Southern California, managing care for more than 475,000 patients through a network of more than 9,000 physicians. agilon also is an important partner to payors, other providers and communities. For more information about agilon health, please visit www.agilonhealth.com.