Five Questions for... Gene Huang

Gene Huang, Vice President Business Development Remedy Partners

Gene Huang leads the SNF Model 3 bundled payment business for Remedy Partners and has been with the company since July 2012. Prior to Remedy, Gene was the President and Chief Development Officer for a home visit physician practice. Gene’s healthcare leadership roles include COO of Opticare Eye Health, Vice President of Health Facilitation for CIGNA HealthCare, nterim CEO for Citrus Health Care, and SVP of Operations and Development for Aveta. Gene also developed Oxford Health Plan’s Medicare Risk Business from a start-up to an $850 million business.

What led you to what you are doing now?

Thirty years of working with Medicare beneficiaries in home health care, Medicare Advantage health plans, eye care, and with physician home visits, and a passion for spending my time on things that make a difference have prepared me for the work I'm doing at Remedy. My initial work with Remedy was helping Matt Wiggins market an iOS based application to help physicians with risk assessments for Medicare Advantage Plans, before we developed the Model 3 SNF program and I had a chance to build a business as part of Steve Wiggins’ vision for a second time in my career.

What is the biggest challenge in your job at Remedy?

It's a real challenge balancing my passion and singular commitment to making Model 3 SNFs successful in the BPCI program with contributing to the company’s broader efforts to help drive success for hospital and physician group partners.

What do you think healthcare will look like in 2020?

Healthcare will be much more personal and customized, from personalized medicine treatments utilizing genomics, to health plans with innovative features that allow members to access specific coverage and networks that meet their exact needs. Patients will take much more responsibility for their own health and wellness (and their own health care costs). Real-time health information will be available to patients and healthcare professionals, and that data will have a significant impact on improving outcomes. Consumers will better appreciate the value of their own healthcare data and will exert greater control of their data. And a device will be invented to predict how many glasses of red wine or single malt scotch I can drink before my liver fails (or a liver rejuvenation exercise program will be invented), maybe by 2030.

What is the accomplishment at Remedy you are most proud of?

Recruiting a capable partner and hiring and developing a great team of professionals who are rapidly expanding their skills and taking on more responsibility in building a wonderful SNF business. It makes coming to work thoroughly enjoyable, knowing the team is making a difference every day helping clients succeed in bundled payments, and knowing that each team member is learning and growing as professionals.  My greatest legacies have always been the teams I’ve built and I’m proud of the things they’ve accomplished both while working with me and in their careers many years later.

What’s one thing you pursue in your non-work time?

I've started rowing again after rowing for a few months 35 years ago. I'm on the water, or on a rowing machine at 6 AM, 6 days a week, training to row in regattas this spring and fall, hopefully to include the Head of the Charles in Cambridge and the National Championships in Worcester, MA. It feels like intercollegiate athletics all over again, though I'm carrying an extra 15 pounds of body fat.