SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 29, 2012 -- United Allergy Services(UAS)™, the leading healthcare services company empowering physicians and health systems to deliver safe and effective allergy testing and customized immunotherapy services, today announced that Kenneth Burdick has joined the company's Board of Directors.
"I look forward to working with United Allergy Services Board of Directors and Executive Staff to enhance their understanding of payer logistics and policies," says Burdick. "I am pleased to be associated with a dynamic, high-performing company and expect to bring a unique perspective to the organization based on my leadership experience with some of the largest payers in the country."
Paul A. Bell, UAS Board of Directors Chairman says that government and commercial payers are an important stakeholder to UAS. "As UAS continues to expand in the marketplace, we need smart, experienced people to help position UAS as a major player in chronic disease management, working on behalf of our partner providers and their patients," says Bell. "UAS provides services that are designed to align with the shared payer and provider goals of reducing unnecessary costs, streamlining the delivery of care and increasing patient access."
"We are extremely lucky to have Kenneth join our Board of Directors," Bell says. "With his extensive healthcare leadership experience and deep industry expertise, he will make a significant contribution to our Board and company's strategic vision for the future."
"UAS partners with physician providers by providing a highly skilled and trained professional to work under supervision of the physician to test patients who suffer from allergies," says Nicolas Hollis, UAS president and CEO. "While the Certified Clinical Allergy Specialist is a highly critical function to the practice, UAS also provides numerous services through departments such as Compliance, Operations, Quality Assurance, Inventory and especially Reimbursement. Kenneth will bring a level of expertise in the area of Reimbursement that is vital to UAS and our partner providers."
Burdick has more than 25 years of experience in managed healthcare, including senior leadership positions with UnitedHealthcare/UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, Coventry Health Care, CIGNA and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Most recently, Burdick was the President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Previously he was the CEO of the Medicaid Division and CEO of MHNet for Coventry Health Care.
During his 14 years with UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, Burdick achieved significant success in local, regional and national roles. While CEO at SecureHorizons/UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, he and his executive team redesigned the distribution strategy, upgraded management talent and simplified the product portfolio. During his tenure as CEO for UnitedHealthcare/UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, Burdick championed an innovative leadership development program to facilitate the emergence of a more engaging, collegial and open leadership culture.
Burdick presently serves on the Board of Directors for Preferred Homecare and PASR, a non-profit Board advancing school readiness throughout Minnesota. From 2001 to 2010, he served on the United Way (Twin Cities and Phoenix) Board of Directors.
For more than a decade Burdick has been a staunch advocate for early childhood education, devoting his time and talent to organizations with this mission. In addition to his current role at PASR, he was previously on the Board of Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) and was the Chair for the Greater Phoenix Leadership's Early Education Committee. Burdick was appointed by Governor Napolitano to serve as Board Chairman for the Arizona Early Education Funds. He was the keynote speaker for the 2007 Partnership for America's Economic Success National Conference in Washington, D.C.
Burdick earned his bachelor's degree (summa cum laude in American Studies) from Amherst College in 1980 and a law degree from University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985. He and his family reside in Minnesota.