HealthAgree’s multidisciplinary team of staff and consultants includes experts in network development, contracting, credentialing, policy, and healthcare technology. Our Approach, which we hope you’ll read, defines us.

Our clients appreciate our relentless, creative pursuit of their goals, along with a commitment to align our incentives with theirs. Payers prefer working with us because we respect their time and sometimes-competing priorities. If we can come alongside your organization for the short- or long-term, we’re confident you’ll agree – hence the name.

 

Josh Kaufmann | President

Since 2001, Josh has negotiated better market conditions, finding common ground for providers, innovators, and payers in the healthcare market. He’s held appointments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Hudson Institute. He purchased HealthAgree in 2005 and is the sole owner. He has an M.A. in Communication from Miami University (OH).

 

Margaret Dobson | Vice President, SUD and Behavioral Health Services

Margaret provides technical assistance for behavioral health and addiction services. She’s held leadership roles at several hospital, academic, start-up and Community Mental Health organizations — both Mental Health- and Substance Use-focused. She is on her second stint with HealthAgree. Margaret has an MBA, Six Sigma credentials, and is a national CARF accreditation surveyor.

 

Sheree Baucom | Director, Client Services

Sheree assesses each negotiation while keeping clients up-to-date. She is deeply invested in several managed care relationships, lining up new opportunities for clients and payers. Before joining HealthAgree, Sheree was with Medical Mutual of Ohio for 12 years. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo, respectively.

 

Sara Smith | Director, Operations

Sara joined HealthAgree in 2015 with responsibility for special projects, including the development of a third-party, multi-specialty network. Over time, she has worked all aspects of the business and recently helped launch the Claims Resolution business. Sara is responsible for operations and infrastructure, ensuring the availability of resources. Sara has a B.A. in Visual Art.

 

Stephanie Truett | Director, Claims Resolution

Stephanie is responsible for the medical billing and coding team behind HealthAgree’s Claims Resolution business. She is a CPC-certified medical coder through AAPC and brings 20+ years of experience and multiple certifications to bear on unpaid, unresolved claims. Stephanie joined HealthAgree in 2020.

 

Sydney Trego | Manager, Credentialing

Sydney designed and manages a proactive credentialing and re-credentialing process for clients. She’s also responsible for contracting with key Medicaid plans. Sydney is adept at navigating bureaucracy and getting hard-to-find answers quickly. She’s been with HealthAgree since 2015 and has a B.A. in Mathematics.

 

History

HealthAgree began in 2004 with an entirely different name – Praesentia Consultation, a Latin nod to the presence of mind and strength required by small provider practices to negotiate with large health insurance companies. The founder, Dan Hounchell, borrowed from his experience at a large insurer and later as an attorney, to lay a foundation for well-reasoned, process-driven negotiations. Always innovating, Dan left in 2009 to lead healthcare transformation efforts for a regional health system.