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January 21, 2014 09:00 ET

Evolent Health Elects Norman C. Payson, M.D., Seasoned Leader in Payer-Provider Innovation, to Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - January 21, 2014) - Evolent Health, a leading provider of value-based care solutions to health systems and physicians, today announced Norm Payson, M.D., has been elected to Evolent's Board of Directors. Dr. Payson brings a unique breadth of health care experience and insight developed in both payer and provider organizations, including 30 years of experience in chief executive or chairmanship roles for multiple health care firms.

Dr. Payson began his career as a primary care physician at a Native American Reservation. As an early innovator of physician-led integrated health care delivery, Dr. Payson then oversaw a group practice and its physician-owned health plan. He went on to serve as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Healthsource, Inc., a 3 million-member health plan that was acquired by Cigna Corporation. From the late 1990s through the early 2000s, Dr. Payson served as Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Health Plans, where he led the turnaround of this $5 billion health plan to record profitability. Dr. Payson then joined as Chairman of Viant Holdings and its predecessor company, Concentra Inc. Later, Dr. Payson was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apria Healthcare Group -- a leading national home health care provider with $2.3 billion in annual revenue.

Today, Dr. Payson draws upon his extensive and diverse health care background in the development or transformation of multiple innovative companies. He is also a sponsor, lecturer and mentor for students of Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and Tuck School combined MD-MBA Program. He is also chairman of the board of City of Hope, a tertiary cancer hospital and research center. "Dr. Payson was an early pioneer of what we now call value-based care. His demonstrated expertise in maximizing the cost-quality equation will be invaluable to Evolent and our partner health system executives," said Frank Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Evolent. "As we build an organization for the long haul, we are fortunate to have a board ardently committed to our and our partners' missions."

"Evolent and its partner health systems and physicians have experienced tremendous success in advancing value-based care," said Norm Payson, M.D. "I look forward to supporting the company as it continues to build a national network of health system partners with a shared vision for health care's future."

About Evolent Health
Evolent Health partners with leading health systems to drive value-based care transformation. By providing clinical, analytical and financial capabilities, Evolent helps physicians and systems achieve superior quality and cost results. The Company's approach breaks down barriers, aligns incentives and powers a new model of care delivery resulting in meaningful alignment between providers, payers, physicians and patients. Evolent Health is a private, high-growth company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, visit

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