MVP Health Care Names Bernard M. Cohen Vice President of Quality


CONTACT: Jo Ann LeSage Nelson

SCHENECTADY, NY, September 13, 2017MVP Health Care has named Bernard M. Cohen, M.D., MBA, FAAFP vice president of quality. He is charged with strategic and operational oversight of quality management processes for all lines of business.

Cohen has 24 years of experience consulting with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and recently served as a consultant to MVP, reviewing quality programs for MVP’s chief medical officer, Dr. Elizabeth Malko. During that time, he worked to implement strategies for maximizing MVP’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) performance.

In his current role, Cohen’s focus is identifying gaps in the health care services MVP members are receiving and helping providers close these gaps. “Looking at the data we can identify members who would benefit from a visit with one of their doctors. We can help schedule a recommended service, or even refill their prescriptions,” Cohen said. “Flagging these members and letting providers know they need special attention make for a healthier community in the long run.”

“Dr. Cohen’s expertise and insight have proven to be very valuable to MVP in ensuring our members’ health needs are being addressed,” said Malko. “With him as part of our team, I’m confident that our quality initiatives will have an even greater positive impact on our members’ health.”

Cohen is a board certified family physician and previously served as regional chief medical officer at Evolvent Health in Arlington, Va.  He also served in vice president roles with WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Fl. for quality management and care management. Earlier, he had leadership roles at WellCare of Georgia, Coventry Health Care of Georgia, the University of Florida Jacksonville Health Care Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Healthcare USA, AvMed Health Plan, and Capital Health Plan in Florida. Dr. Cohen also spent time serving as a U.S. Navy physician and a private practice physician.

He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida.

Cohen lives in Elmsford, N.Y.


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