PHOENIX, Ariz. (August 25, 2023) — Margaret Lemkin, PhD, who has served the multi-employer labor space and Taft-Hartley Funds clients for nearly 40 years, announces her retirement from Vālenz® Health beginning September 1, 2023.
Lemkin founded Med-Care Management Inc., which provided medical cost management services for Taft-Hartley Funds, in 1986. After Med-Care became a subsidiary of MCM Solutions for Better Health in 2014, Lemkin continued to drive the success of Taft-Hartley Funds as self-insured health plans while serving as president.
Valenz acquired MCM and its Med-Care subsidiary in July 2022, further enhancing its support of Taft-Hartley Funds with member and clinical advocacy through concierge navigation and triple URAC-accredited services for care management, disease management and utilization review as part of its Healthcare Ecosystem Optimization Platform. As Executive Vice President, Client Services, Government & Labor, Lemkin has leveraged her deep data expertise to provide clients with highly sophisticated analysis and reports that identify cost drivers and savings trends.
“Margaret is truly an industry legend in serving Taft-Hartley Trusts with expert-level care management and cost-containment solutions,” said Amy Gasbarro, Chief Care Officer of Valenz. “Her many years of groundbreaking leadership and longtime passion for her work have been a tremendous asset for Valenz in advising multi-employer groups, labor associations and public entities. We are thrilled to now see her take the next steps in her life journey, and we wish her the greatest happiness and fulfillment.”
Besides serving as founder and president of Med-Care Management, Lemkin’s extensive career accomplishments include initiation of the first data repository used by multi-employer clients to manage the cost of care and member engagement. As she now begins to offer her expertise through consulting services, Lemkin will continue to support Valenz and its Taft-Hartley clients on an as-needed basis.
“It’s been an amazing honor to spend my career serving the multi-employer labor space, and I’ve had a great experience working alongside such a talented team at Valenz Health,” Lemkin said. “While I am looking forward to what comes next, I’m thrilled to be continuing a working relationship with Valenz and positioning clients for long-term health and success.”
Lemkin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wellesley College and received her PhD in cell biology from the world-renowned Yale University School of Medicine. As a longtime member and regular advisor and educator for the International Foundation of Benefit Plans, she is currently Chair of the IFEBP Health Care Management Committee. She will continue working with the IFEBP, and hopes to play an active role in her Arizona community and travel the world.
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