Kathy Ryland has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of managed healthcare, from policy and commercial plans to government-sponsored payers and provider health systems. She is a skilled leader with real world strategic planning and operations experience, and she’s ready to help clients meet today’s challenges with a successful game plan.
A strong problem solver with a proven record of achievement, Kathy’s expertise includes large scale health plan operations, strategic planning, network contracting negotiations, project planning and implementation and effective communications with critical stakeholders.
Prior to joining HMA Kathy worked at WellCare of Georgia where she served as Chief Operating Officer. She was responsible for the overall operations of the Georgia Health Plan including strategic direction, administration for existing programs, and development of new programs.
Kathy also directed the overall improvement of operations, including provider contracting and relations, sales and marketing, regulatory compliance and finance. She previously served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Operations for the Georgia Health Plan, where she ensured compliance with all statutory and contractual requirements.
She spent eight years with the Georgia Department of Community Health as Chief of Managed Care and Quality. She was responsible for the design and implementation of Georgia’s statewide Medicaid managed care program, known as Georgia Families. Kathy also was Vice President of Business Development for a national non-emergency medical transportation management company.
She is the founding President of the Georgia Society for Managed Care and attended Chatham College and Troy State University.
Kathy got her motorcycle license several years ago. She was the oldest person in the class – and the only one to cruise to a perfect score.