Austin Ifedirah, MBA and DDS, has been named as Vice President, Medicare at Gateway Health Plan® and assumed the leadership role for the Gateway Health Plan Medicare Assured® HMO SNP product. Dr. Ifedirah reports directly to Michael Blackwood, President and CEO of Gateway and will become a member of the senior management team.
Dr. Ifedirah has extensive experience in the Medicare Special Needs Plan arena. From 2005-2009 he served as senior director of Operations, market head and director of Special Needs Plans for XL Health Corp. in Baltimore. He helped their Plans grow to 80,000 members in the first year of operations with revenues of $1.2 billion. From 2002-2005 he served as the manager for Business Development for Elder Health HMO Inc., in Baltimore, where he led a three-county expansion, leading to significant growth and Plan expansion into Washington, D.C. He led the strategy formulation, due diligence, market entry/development, network expansion and regulatory filings for Elder Health. He led successful development on new markets in Texas for their Medicaid/Medicare products in seven metropolitan areas and developed partnerships with long term care providers resulting in an $80 million product line exclusively for them.
In the early ’90s, Dr. Ifedirah practiced general dentistry and oral surgery after taking over a failing practice and increasing patient flow. For the last two years, Dr. Ifedirah has served as President/CEO of Aegis Healthcare in Springfield, Va., a Medicare/Medicaid certified Home Health Agency.
Dr. Ifedirah earned his Master’s of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Benin in Nigeria.