Kenneth J. Anderson brings to the OPEN MINDS team over 40 years of experience in leadership and management, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare programs operated by states, counties, and health plans. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Anderson served as the Vice President of Public Sector Business Development of Optum. In this role, Mr. Anderson was responsible for Medicaid and Medicare business development activities with states, counties, and health plans. Mr. Anderson worked with a variety of Optum services including, behavioral health management, person-centered care management, and medical-behavioral integration. He was also accountable for developing customer relationships, solution design, proposal development, and implementation processes.
In addition to those business development roles, Mr. Anderson was also was involved with internal planning regarding the impact of Medicaid expansion. He had an active role with analysis of market approaches for serving people with I/DD conditions, people with criminal justice involvement, and housing programs. Mr. Anderson was recognized as Optum’s “Top Producer” three times with an average annual sales of over $100M.
Mr. Anderson has also served as the Vice President of Public Sector Quality Improvement & Implementations at OptumHealth, Public Sector. In this role, Mr. Anderson led the public sector managed care program implementations and quality initiatives. He ensured the coordination of services between stakeholders, as well as managing programs to meet customer expectations. Mr. Anderson also served as the Vice President, Public Sector for United Behavioral Health’s operations in Washington State. He was responsible for managing the Project Directors for United’s contracts in King County (Seattle), Clark County (Vancouver), and Spokane County including, budget development, customer relations, and program management.
Before working with United Health Group and Optum, Mr. Anderson was the Managed Care Administrator for California’s Solano County. In that role, he was responsible for the management of the capitated Medicaid mental health system, two primary care clinics, a dental clinic, family planning and perinatal services, and public health funds for indigent individuals. He led a department-wide initiative to integrate service delivery across these funding streams.
Mr. Anderson earned his Master of Arts in Psychology from Chapman College in Orange, California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Math from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.