"I watched my maternal grandfather spend his 80s lovingly caring for my grandmother in their home after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He felt very strongly that only he should cut her pills and prepare her favorite meals, and he did that with diligence and grace for over a decade. My grandmother received care from a fragmented ecosystem of providers, and my family had to coordinate everything on our own. When she gradually stopped speaking, it took years for her depression to be diagnosed, a situation that was ultimately reversed once treated. ConcertoCare can now orchestrate comprehensive medical, behavioral, and social services for seniors and their caregivers, helping seniors to maintain their independence and remain in their homes. Our patients say that's music to their ears."
Dr. Julian Harris brings decades of strategic and operational leadership and health care innovation to the ConcertoCare team. As Chairman and CEO, he leads the tech-enabled, value-based provider of at-home, comprehensive care for seniors and other adults with unmet health and social needs.
Previously, Dr. Harris served as President of Care Allies, a group of Cigna-affiliated population health management and home-based primary care companies. Earlier at Cigna, Dr. Harris led U.S. Strategic Operations across Cigna's commercial and government businesses. He also managed internal investments in technology and innovation that accelerated the delivery of value-based care and digital health solutions.
Before joining Cigna, Dr. Harris served as an adviser to Google Ventures (GV), focused on tech-enabled health care services. Prior to GV, he led the healthcare team in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As the federal government's Chief Health Care Finance Official, he oversaw $1 trillion in spending and provided management and policy oversight for a range of programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. During Harris' time at OMB, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the CMS Innovation Center greatly accelerated the development and implementation of value-based care programs focused on improving quality and reducing costs.
Prior to OMB, Dr. Harris served as the Chief Executive of the $11 billion Massachusetts Medicaid program. During his tenure, the agency deepened its partnerships with the state's Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and developed a unique, capitation-based Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program. He and his team also built an integrated approach to addressing medical, behavioral, and unmet social needs into the country's first Medicare-Medicaid capitated duals demonstration, authorized by the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Harris trained in internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and served on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School. He practiced as a hospitalist at Cambridge Health Alliance and worked as a clinical consultant at Best Doctors, an expert second opinion service. Dr. Harris graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Policy and Medical Ethics from Duke University. He is also a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he serves as an adjunct professor. In addition, Dr. Harris is an Operating Partner at Deerfield.
In his free time, he loves to find new places to hike, bike and kayak with his family. He also enjoys teaching himself how to play the piano. While still several years away from being able to attempt a concerto, he loves to listen to them and dream.