L. Tarlton Thomas

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L. Tarlton Thomas


Columbus, OH

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(614) 549-6101

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A proven leader with excellent communication and problem-solving skills, Tarlton Thomas is a healthcare financial professional with expertise in healthcare quality and leadership development.

He joins HMA with more than 25 years of financial and operational leadership in healthcare and business services and has a deep understanding of publicly funded health programs.  An intellectually curious problem solver, he knows how to strengthen an organization financially and operationally.

Tarlton was most recently at CareSource, a Medicaid managed care plan based in Ohio where he served as chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer. During his tenure, he oversaw growth in financial functions while managing tremendous enrollment, product, and revenue growth, including accounting, financial planning, financial analysis, treasury, actuarial, procurement, enrollment, health care quality, and facilities. He was also instrumental in setting up, and managing, multiple captive insurance entities to managed stop loss insurance as well as a unique risk sharing arrangement with a large, publicly traded health plan.

As COO, Tarlton was tasked with maturing operational functions including claims, configuration, provider credentialing, provider contract configuration, provider administration and process improvement. During his tenure, strategic improvements were made in all areas with operational metrics published near real time for increased visibility to view and monitor progress.

In addition, his work experience also includes financial management and oversight, process improvement, including earning a Six Sigma Green Belt, and corporate restructuring.

Tarlton earned accounting and finance degrees from Wright State University and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in 2000.

Tarlton enjoys spending time with his family, sports, playing cards and other activities.