WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Novant Health has named Erik Helms as the new senior vice president and chief payor performance officer. In addition to leading the business development and sales team, he will oversee Novant Health’s payor relationships and lead the system’s pricing strategy. Helms will report to John Gizdic, executive vice president and chief business development officer, Novant Health.

“We are excited to have Erik Helms spearhead Novant Health’s pricing strategy,” said Gizdic. “At Novant Health, we recognize that cost shouldn’t be a barrier for our communities to receive remarkable care. I’m confident that Erik’s extensive experience in driving successful business results for multibillion-dollar reimbursement programs will enable Novant Health to work with our payor partners to keep our high-quality care affordable.”

Helms brings over 20 years of leadership experience and has a proven track record of driving successful business results for multibillion-dollar reimbursement programs. In his most recent role as chief performance officer for the Buckeye Health Plan in Columbus, Ohio, he led product performance and outcomes for a broad portfolio of government programs. Helms also directed and developed innovative data-driven accountable care contracting and value-based relationship strategies for a statewide network of providers to ensure growth, network adequacy and overall excellence of performance across multiple lines of business. Prior to working at the Buckeye Health Plan, he held multiple leadership positions in health care, including Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and HealthPlus of Michigan.

Helms received a Bachelor of Arts in public and international policy and a Master of Science in epidemiology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 2,400 physicians and over 37,000 employees that provide care at more than 800 locations, including 18 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” Novant Health provided more than $1.02 billion in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2020.

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