January 13, 2020 – After another year of growth, positive health outcomes, and profitability, True Health New Mexico announced today Mark Epstein, MD, MBA has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the health insurance company. Former CEO, Dr. Martin Hickey, will now be Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Epstein has worked in the medical field in New Mexico for almost 30 years, holding senior leadership roles with Lovelace Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico Health Connections, and True Health New Mexico. Additionally, Dr. Epstein is on the Board of Directors of BeWellNM (the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange) and the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association. He earned his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He also earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA program, where he was named Outstanding Physician Leader.
Dr. Epstein developed the True Health New Mexico’s innovative and high-impact approach to serving patients – using advanced analytics and robust care management to address health issues upstream, delivering improved outcomes at lower costs.
“It’s an exciting time to be in healthcare, as people are living longer, and preventive health services like the ones our health insurance plans offer are helping people improve their great quality of life,” said Dr. Epstein. “As we head into 2020, we are excited to be continuing to roll out innovations to healthcare delivery and making a marked impact on the health of our communities.”
In addition to moving to Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Hickey also recently announced his campaign for the New Mexico Senate District 20 seat. Dr. Hickey was the founding CEO of the state’s nonprofit consumer oriented and operated health plan (CO-OP), which was established through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He led the CO-OP through the challenging first years of the ACA and successfully established the partnership with Evolent Health that resulted in the creation of True Health New Mexico.
“In my position as CEO of True Health New Mexico, I had the opportunity to work with people across the state,” Dr. Hickey explained. “What I’ve realized is now is the time for me to take decades of business leadership and healthcare experience and make a different sort of impact – at the legislative level.”
About True Health New Mexico
True Health New Mexico is a physician-led health insurance company committed to keeping New Mexicans healthy. True Health New Mexico is available through the commercial market for both employer-sponsored and individual/family health coverage and is dedicated to lowering premium costs, delivering appropriate levels of care, and providing community-based case management to ensure members are well cared for. For more information on True Health New Mexico, go to truehealthnewmexico.com.