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New Director of Data Analytics Elevates Noridian’s Statistical Capabilities

May 11, 2022|,

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), a leader in developing solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs, has hired Leslie DiOrio to lead the data analytics department. As director, DiOrio will broaden the team’s abilities across company departments to strategically utilize data analytics to accurately predict workloads and decrease costs for customers. In addition, DiOrio’s team will support the medical policy, claims management and provider enrollment teams and help develop medical review strategies.

“Data analytics is essential to Noridian providing the best solutions and service to our customers because it helps identify where our capabilities are in the organization and how to leverage those skills to operate efficiently and develop impactful strategies,” says Troy Aswege, senior vice president of operations at Noridian. “I am thrilled for Leslie to join our team because she’s a great leader and understands the technical challenges payers and providers deal with and how data analytics can solve those issues.”

The data analytics department will collaborate with the IT division to implement technology that will leverage data to eliminate waste and streamline processes across the company. As a result, the team will improve the customer experience and increase cost savings.

DiOrio has more than 15 years of experience with commercial health care programs and extensive experience in data analytics. Prior to joining Noridian, she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in a variety of roles. A graduate of New York University and UMass Amherst, DiOrio has an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management and is a certified professional coder (CPC). She resides in the Boston area with her husband and two children.

To learn more about Noridian’s services and open job positions, visit Noridian.com.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) develops solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs through a full suite of innovative offerings, including claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, with staff located throughout the nation, Noridian administrates people-first services across all 50 U.S. states. Leveraging its decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common health care barriers, enabling access to care. For more information, visit www.noridian.com.

Media Contact
Chelsey Knutson, Marketing Manager
701-715-9067
chelsey.knutson@noridian.com


New Director of IT Architecture Advances Noridian’s Technology Vision

Apr 12, 2022|,

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), a leader in developing solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs, is excited to announce Shane Sauvageau has been promoted to director of IT architecture. Overseeing the IT architecture department, Sauvageau and his team will continue to modernize technologies to meet customers’ requirements and lead integration efforts with business partners to develop secure and scalable solutions.

“We strive to provide the best technology solutions to Noridian’s current and future customers. Shane’s vast IT and leadership experience will meet this endeavor by identifying, developing and implementing creative IT solutions for our expanding business,” explains Todd Knain, senior vice president and chief information officer at Noridian. “Under Shane’s new guidance, I am confident we’ll continue to stay knowledgeable on the latest technology offerings and design innovative, secure and cost-effective IT strategies for our customers.”

In addition, the IT architecture department supports Noridian’s commitment to eliminating waste and improving processes by introducing automation and robotics to business processes. For example, multiple steps were eliminated within the Appeals department via process improvement and automation, saving Noridian $1.1 million dollars. As a result, individuals have more time to focus on cognitive work and brainstorm creative enhancements, helping to engage and retain employees.

Sauvageau has nearly 20 years of IT experience for government and commercial health care programs. Prior to joining Noridian, he worked for the State of North Dakota in IT. As an Army veteran, Sauvageau supervised and managed a team of network technicians in the Minnesota National Guard where he received numerous commendations for his military service. He resides in Fargo with his wife and children.

In all, Noridian employs nearly 150 talented IT professionals who deliver solutions that comply with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) High and Moderate standards. These rigorous expectations have organically resulted in Noridian delivering the highest-quality security across all departments, including the IT architecture team.

To learn more about Noridian’s services and open IT job positions, visit Noridian.com.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) develops solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs through a full suite of innovative offerings, including claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. Headquartered in Fargo, N.D. with staff located throughout the nation, Noridian administrates people-first services across all 50 U.S. states. Leveraging its decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common health care barriers, enabling access to care. For more information, visit www.noridian.com.

Media Contact
Chelsey Knutson, Marketing Manager
701-715-9067
chelsey.knutson@noridian.com


In the News – Prairie Business

Mar 18, 2022|,

Prairie Business, a regional publication covering business-related news for North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota, recently interviewed Noridian CEO Jon Bogenreif and senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary Ranga Nutakki for its March 2022 issue. The article, titled “A ‘People-First’ Mindset,” is focused on Noridian’s work, its future and the company’s commitment to its people.

 

To read the entire interview, check out the digital March 2022 edition (pg. 40 – 41) of Prairie Business.


Noridian Healthcare Solutions Expands Business Development Team

Feb 15, 2022|,

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), a leader in developing solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs, has expanded its business development team in response to organizational growth and market expansion initiatives.

Tiffany Dschaak, vice president of product and bid management, and Christine Dunleavy, vice president of channel management, join the business development team led by Noridian’s Chief Growth Officer Robert “Woody” Barela.

“This is a transformative time at Noridian as we execute our strategic growth plan that benefits current and future customers by enabling access to care, eliminating barriers and enhancing service and support,” shares Barela. “Our people are what make us successful, and Tiffany and Christine are invaluable members of our team as they advance our vision of developing solutions that put people first. Ultimately, our customers will benefit.”

In her role as VP of product and bid management, Dschaak will support Noridian’s strategic growth efforts as she oversees product strategy and development, marketing and sales support. Dschaak, a registered nurse, has been with Noridian since 2010 and previously worked in medical review. She works in the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, region and from Noridian’s Fargo headquarters.

In her role as VP of channel management, Dunleavy will direct Noridian’s sales initiatives and assist in their execution. Dunleavy will collaborate with clients to identify their needs, create solutions and ensure a smooth sales process. She joined Noridian in December 2021 and brings a wealth of health care business development experience. Dunleavy will execute her role from Newton, Massachusetts.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) develops solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs through a full suite of innovative offerings, including claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. Headquartered in Fargo, N.D. with staff located throughout the nation, Noridian administrates people-first services across all 50 U.S. states. Leveraging its decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common health care barriers, enabling access to care. For more information, visit www.noridian.com.

Media Contact
Kirsten Dockter, Communications & Marketing Manager

701-715-9586

kirsten.dockter@noridian.com


Noridian Healthcare Solutions Under New Leadership

Jan 11, 2022|,

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), a leader in developing solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs, is beginning 2022 with a new CEO.

Jon Bogenreif will take over as CEO after a year of working alongside previous CEO Paul Wilson, who retired at the end of last year.

“Helping people through health care is what drives me—it’s my ‘why,’ and every day at Noridian, we work to enable access and eliminate barriers to health care,” Bogenreif shares. “Noridian has set a bold growth strategy which will expand our footprint, allowing us to help even more people, locally and nationally. I am excited to work closely with the senior leadership team to carry out this strategic plan and make it a reality.”

Prior to joining Noridian, Bogenreif was a senior vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

“Jon’s tremendous talent and background are what Noridian needs to stay focused and on course for long-term success,” shares retired CEO Paul Wilson. “Noridian’s foundation is solid, and the stage is set for expansion into additional markets that will benefit from the organization’s expertise.”

Moving forward, Bogenreif plans to continue the history of success developed during Wilson’s time at the organization and live out the company’s core values of constant innovation, service excellence, responsible stewardship, integrity and effective collaboration.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) develops solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs through a full suite of innovative offerings, including claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. Headquartered in Fargo, N.D. with staff located throughout the nation, Noridian administrates people-first services across all 50 U.S. states. Leveraging its decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common health care barriers, enabling access to care. For more information, visit www.noridian.com.

Media Contact
Tiff Dschaak, VP of Product and Bid Management
Phone: 701-433-3059
Email: Tiffany.dschaak@noridian.com


Noridian Awarded GSA Contract, Helping Agencies Simplify the Procurement Process

Dec 14, 2021|,

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), a leader in developing solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs, has been awarded an Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The IDIQ contract enables federal, state and local government agencies to streamline the procurement process because it indicates a company is a trusted, reliable vendor that complies with industry rules and regulations. As a result, agencies can easily secure Noridian’s innovative solutions and reputable services through the GSA schedule.

“Noridian is committed to providing cost-effective, high-quality administrative services to government agencies, which is why we pursued the GSA contract so we can continue helping clients focus on what they do best — serving their constituents,” said Jon Bogenreif, CEO of Noridian. “Many Federal stakeholders use the GSA schedule to post their opportunities and simplify the procurement process. With this award, they can confidently and efficiently contract with us to meet their program needs.”

As part of the contract award, Noridian will be listed as a partner on the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) team, helping to continue to expand its market presence. Being a MAS partner indicates Noridian’s ability to meet GSA’s high standards and signals to agencies the company’s ability to provide fair and reasonably priced services and products.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) develops solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs through a full suite of innovative offerings, including claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. Headquartered in Fargo, N.D. with staff located throughout the nation, Noridian administrates people-first services across all 50 U.S. states. Leveraging its decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common health care barriers, enabling access to care. For more information, visit www.noridian.com.

Media Contact
Tiff Dschaak, VP of Product and Bid Management
Phone: 701-433-3059
Email: Tiffany.dschaak@noridian.com


Noridian Healthcare Solutions Promotes Four to Senior Leadership Team

Dec 02, 2021|,

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), a leader in developing solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs, has promoted four employees to its senior leadership team. This team’s unique and expansive leadership experience will position Noridian for continued and adaptive growth.

Promotions include Senior Vice President (SVP), Chief Growth Officer Robert “Woody” Barela; SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Ranga Nutakki; SVP, Strategy and Enterprise Risk Management Jennifer Sandell; and SVP, Chief Financial Officer Laura Werk.

“Noridian has a rich history of improving lives by solving complex health care challenges, and these additions to our senior leadership team bring a growth mindset to keep us on the leading edge of the industry as we design and implement high-quality solutions for our current and future clients,” shares Jon Bogenreif, CEO of Noridian. “We are thrilled to have Woody, Ranga, Jennifer and Laura on our team, as they embody our core values of constant innovation, service excellence, responsible stewardship, integrity and effective collaboration.”

Core responsibilities and relevant experience for each leader include:

  • Woody Barela: As SVP, Chief Growth Officer, Barela will direct Noridian’s vision for growth and financial performance by leading strategic efforts for all target markets. With more than 25 years of experience in federal, state and commercial health plan markets, he has held multiple senior leadership roles within rapidly growing health care service enterprises.
  • Ranga Nutakki: Serving as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nutakki will lead legal services for new business, government contracts and other corporate ventures. His expansive career includes strategic transactions, securities and corporate law, and compliance in both corporations and private practice.
  • Jennifer Sandell: In the role of SVP, Strategy and Enterprise Risk Management, Sandell is responsible for creating a strategic concept and plan to move Noridian forward with new business opportunities. She brings a resume of results-driven financing and an ability to maximize business opportunities.
  • Laura Werk: As SVP, Chief Financial Officer, Werk is responsible for financial oversight and planning. Her diverse business profile includes financial and operational management with the proven ability to find strategic business solutions.

Nutakki and Werk are in Fargo, Barela will execute his role from the Denver metro area, and Sandell is based in the Minneapolis metro area. For more information about Noridian, visit www.noridian.com.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) develops solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs through a full suite of innovative offerings, including claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. Headquartered in Fargo, N.D. with staff located throughout the nation, Noridian administrates people-first services across all 50 U.S. states. Leveraging its decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common health care barriers, enabling access to care. For more information, visit www.noridian.com.

Media Contact
Tiff Dschaak, VP of Product and Bid Management
Phone: 701-433-3059
Email: Tiffany.dschaak@noridian.com


Noridian Healthcare Solutions Hires First Government Affairs Director

Nov 16, 2021|,

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), a leader in developing solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs, today announced the appointment of Joe Williamson as its director of government affairs. In this brand-new role, Williamson will help Noridian understand how federal, state and local initiatives impact its clients, which will positively influence the company’s innovative solutions and services.

“Since 1966, Noridian has been achieving ongoing successes as the government claims contractor for the federal Medicare program. As a result, our government contracts continue to grow and we identified a need for a government affairs director to ensure we’re equipped to administer customizable solutions that solve our current and future clients’ challenges,” shares Jon Bogenreif, CEO of Noridian. “We’re excited for Joe to join our team because his many years of health care experience and multitude of government relationships skills will support Noridian’s growing clientele base.”

Williamson’s other responsibilities include monitoring public policy initiatives that impact Noridian’s government clients while managing government relations. Prior to joining Noridian, he served as director for the Retail Industry Leaders Association and, before that, as a legislative representative for Kaiser Permanente in Washington D.C., where he worked closely with industry executives to address key challenges and opportunities. His work has also included analyzing, refining and supporting policy development for his associations.

“I was drawn to Noridian because of its reputation of putting people first and the admirable work their team provides as the contractor for the federal Medicare program,” explains Williamson. “It’s an exciting time to join Noridian as the company continues to expand its business. I look forward to supporting this growth by working to uncover how government initiatives impact our current and future clients so our team can provide the right services to solve challenges and make their visions a reality.”

Based in Raleigh, N.C., Williamson began his tenure with Noridian on Nov. 8, 2021.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) develops solutions for federal, state and commercial health care programs through a full suite of innovative offerings, including claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. Headquartered in Fargo, N.D. with staff located throughout the nation, Noridian administrates people-first services across all 50 U.S. states. Leveraging its decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common health care barriers, enabling access to care. For more information, visit www.noridian.com.

Media Contact
Tiff Dschaak, VP of Product and Bid Management
Phone: 701-433-3059
Email: Tiffany.dschaak@noridian.com


Noridian Medical Directors to Share Insights at AMA’s Annual CPT® and RBRVS Symposium

Nov 15, 2021|

Dr. Larry Clark and Dr. Gary Oakes, both medical directors at Noridian Healthcare Solutions, will be participating in this year’s Outpatient CDI Workshop and CPT® and RBRVS 2022 Annual Symposium from AMA. As the world’s only medical coding conference, the event helps attendees learn about important CPT code and relative value unit (RVU) changes for 2022 directly from experts in the industry.

On Friday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. – noon CST, Dr. Clark and Dr. Oakes will participate in a live, general Q&A session where they will answer questions about the new codes and implications for practitioners. The symposium will be held virtually from Nov. 16 – 19, 2021. For more information, visit www.ama-assn.org.


Noridian Awarded Medicaid Provider Enrollment Services Contract by North Dakota Department of Human Services

Jun 30, 2021|,

FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA – June 30, 2021  Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) has been awarded a contract to enroll qualified providers and suppliers into the Medicaid Program. This contract, awarded to Noridian by the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS), will cover an initial contract period of 16 months with the option of two extensions of 24 months each.

Noridian’s proposal to North Dakota’s DHS showcased decades of experience running large-scale call centers, Medicaid knowledge, and a more efficient call center model. “This award reflects Noridian’s reputation as a dependable contracting partner,” said Paul Wilson, Noridian President and CEO.

Headquartered in North Dakota, Noridian has deep roots in the state. “Fifty years ago, when Noridian started, Medicare claims from North Dakota providers were the first claims we processed,” said Wilson. “We have grown tremendously and now have a nationwide footprint, serving both federal and state health care programs. But we still focus on the person in each transaction. We believe every encounter is worthy of our very best.”

Noridian already assists many North Dakota providers and members with questions about Medicaid claims payment, claims submission, and prior authorization. That work is done under a separate Medicaid Call Center contract awarded in June 2019 to Noridian by North Dakota DHS. In April 2020, DHS also contracted with Noridian to assist with answering questions that come into the COVID-19 hotline.

“Service providers are the heart of North Dakota’s Medicaid program,” said Caprice Knapp, DHS Medical Services Division director. “Our latest partnership with Noridian will provide even better customer service and support to providers who serve North Dakota Medicaid members.”

On a nationwide scale, Noridian holds several Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) contracts including the Medicare Part A/Part B contracts for Jurisdictions E and F, and the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) contracts for Jurisdictions A and D. Noridian also is the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) for CMS and holds a Unified Program Integrity Contractor (UPIC) award, which allows Noridian to bid on procurements under the UPIC umbrella.

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About Noridian Healthcare Solutions

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) designs and delivers innovative administrative services that enhance federal and state government health care programs. Noridian has served as a government claims contractor since the federal Medicare program’s inception in 1966. The company is headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, with staff located throughout the country. For more information, visit https://www.noridian.com.

Media Contact:

Troy Aswege

Senior Vice President Operations

Noridian

701-282-1507

troy.aswege@noridian.com