National Alliance Elects Robert A. Gormley, M.D., C.P.E. Chairman of the Medical Directors Council
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National Alliance Elects Robert A. Gormley, M.D., C.P.E. Chairman of the Medical Directors Council 

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Norfolk, VA - February 4, 2003 - The medical directors of The HMO AllianceSM, a division of VHA, elect Robert A. Gormley, M.D., C.P.E., chairman of the organization's Medical Directors Council. Dr. Gormley's two-year term beginning January 2003, is effective through December 2005.

As chairman Gormley will set The HMO Alliance's agenda and chair the semi-annual medical directors' meetings. With his chairmanship also comes appointment to the organization's executive committee.

The Medical Directors Council monitors national medical policy and issues and advises the CEO and other senior managers' work groups of the association. During 2003, Gormley plans to focus the Medical Directors Council on assessing the quality and practices of providers nationwide and evaluating diagnostic tests to contain costs.

"We are certainly stronger together. The Medical Directors Council tackles broad industry issues by reviewing national trends and seeking ways to better serve our populations," says Dr. Robert Gormley, Sentara Health Management's Senior Medical Director.

Gormley joined Sentara Health Management's executive medical team in 2000 and currently serves as the organization's senior medical director. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and recently received his designation as certified physician executive from American College of Physician Executives. Additionally, he serves as diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Management, and National Board of Medical Examiners.

Gormley earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his doctorate of medicine from Ohio State University Hospitals. He also completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine located in Columbus, Ohio.

Sentara Health Management is the managed care division of Sentara Healthcare and founder of the region's first managed care plan, Optima Health Plan. Serving 312,000 members1 in Virginia through a variety of its health care insurance plans, Sentara Health Management's provider network consists of nearly 6,000 physicians throughout the commonwealth.2 For five consecutive years, Optima Health Plan has received the highest level of accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 3. Optima Health Plan was also named among only two Virginia health plans to receive top ratings in 2002 Consumers' Guide to Health Plans4, published by Consumers' CHECKBOOK-a nonprofit consumer education organization. Sentara Health Management currently offers a variety of group health plans including POS, PPO, and HMO plans. The company has strong affiliations with a regional, tertiary care, pediatric facility, and a medical school. For more information about the Sentara's health plans, visit www.optimahealth.com.

The HMO Alliance brings provider-sponsored health plans value through a national organization that lets its members leverage broader industry knowledge; performance improvement methods; collective purchasing; and provider relationships. Membership includes VHA and 18 health maintenance organizations (HMO), representing 1.75 million fully-at-risk covered lives. For more information about VHA or The HMO Alliance, visit www.vha.com.

1 Sentara Health Management Member Summary Report, January 2003
2 SHM On-Line Provider information, www.optimahealth.com, 20 Nov. 2002
3 National Committee for Quality Assurance, "NCQA Recognizes Nation's Best Health Plans with Introduction of New 'Excellent' Accreditation Status," Press Release, 18 Oct. 1999
4 "102 Members of Sentara's Medical Staff Rated Highest by Peers," Press Release, 15 Nov. 2002


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