Mr. Kelch has been active in the health care sector for more than 30 years beginning as Senior Staff Accountant and Special Assistant to the Controller at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After that, he became a consultant for the Blue Cross Association and was involved in performance assessment, legislation, and marketing. From 1977 through 1980, Mr. Kelch was with the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds, a self-insured, self-administered Taft-Hartley Trust of 850,000 members serving initially as Health Systems Consultant and then as the Director of Health Care Financing and Program Development.
Mr. Kelch served from 1981 to 1983 as the administrator of an employer-sponsored TPA and PPO. Between 1983 and 2005, Mr. Kelch was President of MedStrategies, Inc. a national consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta with a wide range of hundreds of clients, including hospitals, physician groups, employers, unions, insurers, the federal government and other purchasers. Accomplishments included:
• Developer of one of the first two PPOs in the USA
• Developer of one of the first health care business coalitions
• Founder of the American Association of PPOs
• Developer of the first PPO and UM accreditation bodies
• Broad perspective having worked with over 200 MCOs
Between 2005 and 2007 Brant was Executive Director of Simi Valley Hospital in California focusing on business development, physician relations, hospitalist effectiveness and P4P arrangements.
Since 2008 he has served as Executive Director of Highlands Physicians, Inc. a 1500 member IPA in Northeast Tennessee. In his 9 years HPI has significantly enhanced the value of membership by adding substantial savings on malpractice insurance; a variety of pay-for-performance opportunities; state-of-the-art ambulatory patient safety programs, development of evidence based medicine protocols and electronic medical record (EMR) assistance. HPI has also worked to offer a state of the art electronic health information exchange across its membership. In 2012 HPI with 500 of its members developed a physician owned and sponsored Accountable Care Organization. This ACO was one of the most successful in the country saving $40+ million in its first 3 years of operations and earning a 98.17% score on quality metrics. Mr. Kelch serves as an officer in the ACO with responsibility for assisting 48 practices comply with all CMS rules and earn savings bonuses.
He is the former chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Association of PPOs. He served on the Advisory Board of the National Managed Health Care Congress and the National Employer Health Care Advisory Panel. Mr. Kelch has also served on AAHCC’s Board, Standards and Accreditation Committees as well as a site reviewer.
He has been a frequent speaker on health care issues at national meetings and has testified before the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences on utilization management and quality of care issues. He has served as a member of various organizational and editorial boards and has received a number of awards for his contributions to the healthcare industry.
Mr. Kelch has undergraduate degrees in accounting, economics and psychology, and has a 4.0 average, Master’s degree in Public Health/Health Care Administration from Johns Hopkins University as well as additional graduate studies in clinical psychology, business and healthcare administration.