HouseWorks’ President Richard Lynch has spent over 20 years in health care management and delivery. Rich—whose passion is to effect meaningful change in the health care industry— has had extensive experience in health care network management, medical management and health care analytics. As President of HouseWorks, Rich is responsible for forging cross-industry partnerships and collaborations, creating innovative operational efficiencies, and nurturing corporate culture that all result in overall company growth.
Prior to HouseWorks, Rich was the President and CEO of CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts and Celtic Insurance Company, both subsidiaries of St. Louis based Centene Corporation. In 2009, Rich launched CeltiCare Heath Plan, a managed care organization that provides high-quality, cost-effective health insurance for Massachusetts residents enrolled in the state’s subsidized insurance programs. Under his leadership, CeltiCare was the first new health plan to work with the Commonwealth and the newly formed Massachusetts Health Connector.
In addition to his CeltiCare responsibilities, in February 2011, Rich was appointed CEO of the Chicago-based Celtic Insurance Company. Celtic is a leading national health insurance company with licenses in 49 states. At both CeltiCare and Celtic, Rich led efforts to create innovative products designed to achieve broad cost savings while protecting access and providing affordable high-quality care for the plans’ members.
Before joining CeltiCare, Rich held senior leadership positions at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Tufts Health Plan. In both of these organizations, Rich was responsible for working collaboratively with providers to improve quality outcomes for members and lower the cost of patient care. He started his career as an ICU nurse at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
A graduate of the University of Lowell, Lynch holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and completed his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health care management from Boston University. An active member of the region’s civic community, Rich is a member of the Board of Directors and President’s Advisory Council of Whittier Street Health Center Foundation; and serves on the development committee for the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, an organization whose mission is to assist providers in delivering compassionate care. Rich is also an adjunct professor at Northeastern University teaching Health Care Policy in the Masters in Health Informatics program, at The Bouve College of Health Sciences and The College of Computer and Information Science.