Los Angeles, CA
Anna Edwards is a seasoned clinician and healthcare leader. Her nursing career spans nearly 30 years, with the past 20 years focused on the managed care setting.
Her passion is serving vulnerable populations and inspiring innovative care teams to address complex medical, social, and functional issues facing vulnerable populations and the community. She values continuous learning opportunities, participating in synergistic collaboration opportunities to improve the health and well-being of the community, and advancing the nursing profession in healthcare.
Anna developed and implemented a disease management program based on the Chronic Care Model for a large federally qualified healthcare organization in Los Angeles, CA. In the role of nurse practitioner, she administered a diabetes group visit program which included health educators and community health workers which demonstrated improved clinical outcomes and revenue generation.
Previously Anna served as director of care management for LA Care Health Plan where she was responsible for complex care management and care coordination programs for Medi-Cal and dual eligible populations of all ages. In this role she successfully transitioned a vendor complex case management program to an in-house program (which passed the first NCQA audit), transitioned the D-SNP program to Cal MediConnect (dual demonstration program), and implemented the Covered CA care management program.
She also served as clinical director of behavioral health and care management at Inland Empire Health Plan. In this role, she successfully led her department through audits, developed an integrated care team (physical, behavioral, pharmacy), implemented an in-house Health Risk Assessment (HRA) process, developed and implemented a food insecurity program with a closed loop referral process, and implemented several successful disease management programs for the dual eligible population.
Anna’s prior experience includes providing training, clinical and operational support for Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services Ambulatory Clinics.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Azusa Pacific University, Master of Science in nursing from California State University (nurse practitioner), and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University.
Outside of work Anna enjoys trying new recipes, baking bread, spending time with family, playing with her two “low rider” dogs (corgi and dachshund), and as a Pisces sign, she loves any ocean view.