Fathi removed as president of Coordinated Care
Jay Fathi, MD has been terminated as plan president of Coordinated Care. Coordinated Care is the operating arm of Centene Corporation in Washington State.
This news was confirmed by the OIC and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Centene has not responded to questions either this week or last week.
Prior to joining Coordinated Care, Fathi served as a primary care physician at Swedish. He was well regarded in both the physician and administrative communities.
Hiring Fathi fit something of a pattern for Centene which has often put physicians at the head of their plans. A primary purpose for that decision has been to ease provider relations, and support network contracting.
News of Fathi’s removal comes on the heels of a ‘cease and desist‘ letter from the OIC last week relating to inadequate provider networks and customer complaints.
In June, 2017, Coordinated Care incurred a small fine in a consent order from the OIC that also dealt with inadequate provider networks.