Alignment Healthcare Recruits Former CMS Director Into Strategic Leadership Role

ORANGE, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2015) – Melanie Bella, inaugural director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has been tapped to drive Alignment Healthcare’s strategy of better care and lower costs for Medicare-eligible beneficiaries.

As senior vice president of policy and strategy at Alignment, Bella will direct the company’s strategy involving individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid while ensuring it is well-positioned in the regulatory and policy arenas.

“My career has been dedicated to developing high-quality and cost-effective models of care, especially for complex populations,” Bella said. “Alignment Healthcare is growing exponentially, with access to real-time clinical data that informs and improves the care of its members. Alignment is transforming the future of health care one person at a time, and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Bella joins a team of health care pioneers and innovators that founder John Kao has assembled to revolutionize health care delivery in the United States. Headquartered in California, the population health management company has implemented a proprietary tech-driven clinical model designed to provide concierge-level care to seniors at dramatically lower costs.

“Melanie’s experience leading the integration of care for the most complex populations will be invaluable for Alignment Healthcare as we expand our model across the country,” said Kao, president and CEO of the company. “The United States spends more on its aging population than any other country in the world, but the care they receive isn’t keeping them well. We believe we have the solution to break this costly cycle and keep our loved ones active and happy.”

At CMS, Bella established an office charged with integrating benefits for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Prior to CMS, she served as senior vice president for policy and operations at the national nonprofit Center for Health Care Strategies. In that role, she led efforts to integrate care for complex populations and directed a unique leadership training institute for state Medicaid leaders. Bella earned her master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from DePauw University.

Alignment Healthcare and its subsidiaries are dedicated to transforming the complex and confusing process of medical treatment in the United States so that every link in the health care continuum becomes more efficient, productive and effective. Based in Orange, California, Alignment Healthcare provides partners across the country with a continuous end-to-end care program, including clinical care coordination, risk management capabilities and IT enablement. For more information, go to


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