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Mary Russell specializes in developing and evaluating managed care, quality improvement and health education programs. With a background in communications and public health, Mary provides a clear roadmap to ensure regulatory compliance and successfully implement new products and tools for her clients.
Prior to joining HMA, Mary was a clinical project manager at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the nation. Mary implemented and evaluated quality improvement programs for the dual eligible population and led initiatives to integrate product and clinical operations for the Cal MediConnect (Medicare-Medicaid plan) product line. This included managing cross-functional workgroups to implement the Duals Demonstration pilot and providing ongoing coordination between product and clinical operations. Mary audited the model of care to ensure Medicare regulatory standards were met.
With extensive experience in product operations, Mary led the implementation of a high-touch care management approach to increase member engagement and improve health outcomes for nearly 15,000 dual eligibles in L.A. County. She contributed to the development of L.A. Care’s overall Medicare product strategy – managing CMS application processes from planning through submission. Mary also interpreted and operationalized CMS and DHCS regulatory policy to ensure program compliance.
Prior to L.A. Care, Mary worked at communications agencies in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, respectively. In these roles, Mary collaborated with public health and pharmaceutical organizations to launch strategic disease awareness, health education, community engagement, and behavior change programs. She managed the research, development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives, including data analysis, stakeholder engagement, public-private partnerships, provider training, and national and international media outreach. Mary has worked with organizations in the fields of oncology, mental health, violence prevention, heart disease, diabetes and nutrition.
Mary earned her master’s degree in public health from University of California, Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree in communication from Villanova University.
A native of Los Angeles, Mary enjoys cheering on the Dodgers and hiking in Griffith Park with her husband and daughter. She also practices yoga and recently completed a 200-hour teacher training program.