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As vice president and chief medical officer at Health New England, Ira Klein is responsible for ensuring the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services for Health New England members, with a focus on clinical excellence, innovation and technology to improve health outcomes.

Before joining Health New England in 2020, Ira served as Senior Director and Lead, Healthcare Quality Strategy at Janssen for Johnson and Johnson, Inc., in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Previously, he held various positions at Aetna, Inc., in Hartford, Connecticut, including Medical Director, Patient Management, Northeast Region; Senior Medical Director and Analyst, National Accounts; and Chief of Staff and National Medical Director, Clinical Thought Leadership.

Ira is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians. He is a Certified Health Insurance Executive with the Association of Health Insurance Plans, Executive Leadership Program. Ira has published articles in several medical and insurance industry journals.

Ira holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Management; a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; and a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy.

Read Ira’s statement, “Why I Support the GTMRx Institute”

“From my early years in pharmacy and the practice of medicine, I’ve had a desire to improve the system of care. I’ve always struggled with the fact that it takes extraordinary efforts to create what should be predictable and knowledge-driven, good care.

The efficacy of drugs isn’t about taking the pill. It’s who’s coaching the patient, the environment the patient lives in and who’s on the care team. What I find exciting about the GTMRx Institute is the desire to not just educate the clinician, pharmacists, and other members of the delivery system, but also patient groups, employers, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, by demonstrating what good care looks like.”

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