Penny Thompson and Bill Lucia Join Sellers Dorsey Board of Directors

Sellers Dorsey, a leader in national health care consulting with a deep understanding of Medicaid policy and operations, today announced that Penny Thompson and Bill Lucia have joined Sellers Dorsey as members of its Board of Directors.

Penny Thompson, well known as a leader and innovator in connecting payment and delivery, integrity, and technology for US government health programs, was previously the Deputy Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services and the Director of Program Integrity at CMS, and is the immediate past chair of MACPAC.

Bill Lucia is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of HMS, a leading healthcare analytics and technology company. Under Mr. Lucia’s leadership, HMS grew revenue dramatically, serving 500 healthcare payers and 50 government agencies in 40-plus states.

Thompson and Lucia join the firm’s board as Sellers Dorsey expands its national footprint to assist public, private, and non-profit health care organizations. As it hones its focus on health equity, the company continues developing pivotal Medicaid funding solutions that fulfill state and federal program goals for safety net systems, while delivering crucial expertise to many top clients working through and alongside Medicaid to serve vulnerable populations across the country.

“We are honored to welcome Penny and Bill to our board and recognize the immense opportunity we have to address health inequities with the addition of their experience and insight,” said Martin Sellers, co-founder and CEO. “Tapping into their passion and expertise empowers us to increase the impact of our efforts helping clients working in our safety net system to deliver compassionate and equitable heath care services.”

Thompson and Lucia are also welcomed by other transformational health care leaders already serving on the board for Sellers Dorsey.

“The recent pandemic and ongoing health crisis have highlighted the need to strengthen the care, safety and well-being of populations served by Medicaid,” said Nancy-Ann DeParle, a member of the firm’s board, who served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama White House. “The addition of these nationally respected health care leaders is a sign of the importance and potential of this work and a boon for Seller Dorsey and its current and future clients.”

Read more about Penny Thompson, Bill Lucia, and Nancy-Ann DeParle below:

Penny Thompson is a proven innovator and leader specializing in U.S. government health policy and operations, working with organizations committed to delivering high quality business solutions for the healthcare market. Ms. Thompson serves on multiple corporate Boards and advisory committees, as well as consulting for select clients.

Ms. Thompson has held numerous prominent positions leading national action on the Medicaid and Medicare programs. She recently served as Chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and was previously the Deputy Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Earlier in her career, Ms. Thompson was the Director of Program Integrity for CMS.

In addition to her public service, Ms. Thompson has held senior management positions at major U.S. technology and consulting firms.  She holds a Masters of Public Administration from the George Washington University and a undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Bill Lucia is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HMS, a leading healthcare analytics and technology company. Under Bill’s leadership, HMS grew to $673 million in revenue, serving 500 healthcare payers and 50 government agencies in 40-plus states. By unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of all HMSers, revenue increased by 52% over a six-year period.

Prior to becoming CEO, Bill served as HMS’ president and chief operating officer, driving operational excellence and delivering sustainable growth. He is a named inventor on HMS’ patent for Elli, an innovative risk intelligence solution.

Before joining HMS in 1996, Bill held various leadership positions in the life insurance industry. He served as senior vice president, Operations and chief information officer for Celtic Life Insurance Company and senior vice president, Insurance Operations for North American Company.

Bill also served on the Board of Directors of AllyAlign Health, a company that helps senior living and care providers design and run Medicare Advantage plans. A passionate advocate for solving global healthcare issues, Bill served on the board of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre, the largest research cooperative of its kind in the world. Bill is the former chairman of the Council for Medicare Integrity and served on the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of CEOs dedicated to making affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans. Additionally Bill is a longtime champion of immigrants’ rights.

Nancy-Ann DeParle is a Partner and Co-Founder of Consonance Capital Partners. Prior to CCP, she was Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama White House from 2011-2013, and served as Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform from 2009-2011. Before joining the White House, Nancy-Ann was a Senior Advisor and Managing Director at JPMP from 2001 to 2009, where she was a member of the Healthcare Group and served on numerous boards, including CareMore, LHP Hospital Group, and MedQuest. In addition, she was a Commissioner of MedPAC, the advisory board to Congress on Medicare policy matters, for six years. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Nancy-Ann was also a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Health Systems Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a trustee or director of several corporate and non-profit boards including Accredo, Cerner, DaVita, Guidant, Medco Health, Triad Hospitals, Boston Scientific and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nancy-Ann received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also received a B.A. and M.A. in Politics and Economics from Balliol College of Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

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