Fred Chism

Tennessee-based American Health Partners has promoted Fred Chism to the newly created role of vice president of network strategy. In his new role, Chism will be responsible for new market expansion, network development, provider relations, contracts, credentialing, CMS submissions and provider services.

“With American Health Plans now operating in 10 states, we are thrilled to promote Fred into this critical position,” said Hank Watson, chief development officer for American Health Partners. “Fred has successfully led American Health Plans network expansion into new states and has implemented strategic teams and processes that will allow this division to continue to scale in both new and existing markets.”

Chism has most recently worked as the national director of network strategy and was responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the company’s nationwide network of

Medicare Advantage Institutional Special Needs Plans, or I-SNPs. American Health Plans manages the largest network of provider-owned Medicare Advantage I-SNP plans in the US and is now operating in 10 states with more than 5,000 members.

The company plans to enter 50 new counties in 2023, according to a press release announcing Chism promotion.

Chism holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University. Before joining American Health Partners, he previously served as director of managed care contracting with LifePoint Health and has nearly 20 years of health plan expertise in provider network management and client relations.