HMS Holdings Corp. Announces New Operations Executive
Semone Wagner Brings Over 25 Years of Operations Management Expertise
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HMS Holdings Corp. (NAS: HMSY) today announced that Semone Wagner has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Operations. Ms. Wagner is responsible for the company's core operations, including the coordination of benefits service line. She will report to Bill Lucia, Chief Executive Officer, as a member of the company's executive team.
Semone's depth of experience in healthcare claims processing, coupled with her operational and reengineering expertise, make her an excellent addition to our executive team," said Lucia. "Her track record for leading change, driving quality performance, and reducing unit costs in a complex operating environment will be invaluable as we continue to develop and expand our business."
Prior to joining HMS, Ms. Wagner served as Senior Vice President of Claim Operations at United HealthCare (UHC), where she oversaw the operations for all business lines and major platforms processing over 500 million claims annually. Under her leadership, the company achieved industry-leading performance levels, earning the American Medical Association designation for the industry's best claim operation in 2011 and 2012. Ms. Wagner, a Six Sigma black belt, also led a number of reengineering initiatives at UHC, including the launch and execution of an organization-wide Six Sigma program that supported a one billion dollar change agenda.
Lucia added, "With her extensive payer background, Semone brings a fresh perspective on our business and is uniquely positioned to give us new insight into how we can streamline and enhance our partnerships with commercial insurers - both as key stakeholders in our coordination of benefits business and as clients. We will also benefit from her deep knowledge of the payer environment and understanding of the ways in which our cost containment services can benefit the commercial market."
Ms. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds an Executive Leadership Development certificate from Wharton.
HMS Holdings Corp., through business units including HMS and HDI, provides coordination of benefits and program integrity services for payers. These units serve health and human services programs in more than 40 states; commercial insurers, including Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, and group health plans; the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); and Veterans Administration facilities. As a result of our services, clients recovered more than $3.2 billion in 2012 and saved billions of dollars more through the prevention of erroneous payments.
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