Dr. Stella Onuoha-Obilor earned her medical degree from Nigeria’s University of Calabar College of Medicine and her master’s and PhD degrees in public health from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She holds the certifications of Certified Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ), Certified Case Manager (CCM), Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Green Belt, Walden University Certificate on Meeting the Leadership Challenge, and Harvard School of Public Health Certificate on Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes. Dr. Obilor is Highmark Health’s Vice President of Clinical Quality and Population Health. She oversees creating and implementing a hybrid clinical quality strategy that includes both structural and virtual integration models. Her goal, in collaboration with the clinical leadership team, is to reduce abuse and overuse while boosting underuse, all while improving the value-based member/patient/provider experience.
Dr. Obilor is particularly interested in finding, standardizing, tracking, and improving quality outcome measurements such as provider satisfaction (quintuple aim) and demonstrating value improvement. She oversees leading Health Plan quality operations as well as developing the Health Plan’s quality improvement function and capability in collaboration with the Operational Effectiveness team and the Government Stars leaders to ensure that all quality programs are effectively connected and aligned. She is in charge of developing, maintaining, revising, and enforcing business medical policies for all product lines in conformity with regulatory standards. In addition, she oversees coding, prepay edits, and post pay DRG Ideation Logic Projects. Dr. Obilor was the director of the New Jersey Innovation Institute Healthcare/ Garden City Practice Transformation Network’s measures management department prior to joining Highmark. She worked with a team of more than 50 clinical and non-clinical employees to a target of over 10,000 physicians in specialty and general care practices, saving $15 million through a $50 million grant-funded practice transformation project.