Health Management Associates appoints Charles Milligan as CEO

19 April 2024 2 min. read
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Health Management Associates (HMA), a Lansing, MI-headquartered healthcare research and consulting firm, has appointed Charles (Chuck) Milligan as chief executive officer.

Milligan, who has served as the firm’s chief operating officer since 2020, will on May 17 succeed retiring CEO Douglas Elwell.

Elwell spent 15 years at HMA, serving as CEO since November 2020. Before that, he was COO and managing principal of the Indianapolis office. Aside from his tenure at HMA, Elwell served as Illinois Medicaid director and deputy CEO for finance and strategy at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

“Doug has been an exceptional leader, expertly guiding the expansion of HMA's breadth and depth of expertise so we continue to meet our clients' needs and exceed their expectations well into the future," said Jay Rosen, founder, president, and chairman of HMA. "His passion for serving our clients, supporting our colleagues, and improving the lives of others has made an indelible impact on not only our company but communities across the country."

Health Management Associates appoints Charles Milligan as CEO

Milligan joined HMA in November 2020 as COO. An experienced healthcare executive and consulting leader, Milligan has worked with numerous health plans, states, and policy organization.

Before HMA, he served as Medicaid director for New Mexico and Maryland. He also previously served as vice chairman and commissioner to the Medicaid and CHIP payment and access commission (MACPAC) at the US government accountability office (GAO).

Prior to that, Milligan was CEO for UnitedHealthcare's community plan in New Mexico, SVP of enterprise government programs at Presbyterian Healthcare Services and executive director of The Hilltop Institute at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He began his career as an attorney practicing healthcare law in California.

“Chuck has played an integral role in growing and shaping the multitude of ways we can serve clients by leveraging the varied expertise across all of the organizations within HMA," Rosen said. "He is a trusted leader, who will spur innovation and propel our partnerships to develop solutions for the toughest healthcare and human services challenges."

HMA focuses on publicly funded healthcare and human services policy, programs, and financing, and works with health plans, health systems, government agencies, and public and private providers, among other clients.

HMA's consulting services include analytics, behavioral health, clinical services, public health, delivery system redesign, government programs, healthcare IT, opioid crisis response, and long-term services and support.

The firm has over 700 professionals across 30+ offices in the United States.