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The Negotiator: Carl Schuessler Jr. (Part II)

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part discussion with Mr. Schuessler. We found this discussion so relevant to today’s healthcare challenges, we decided not to leave anything behind. You may find part one here.  

As Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Mitigate Partners, a risk management, cost containment and employee benefits consulting firm, Carl Schuessler leads a consortium of 30+ employee benefit consulting and brokerage firms. Carl brings more than 30 years of experience in benefits consulting and financial services to the field, and pioneered the fiduciary approach to benefits advisory services. His passion for fixing the problem of runaway health-care costs in this country, and his desire to treat the employer’s money as his own led him through years of research culminating in the development of his proprietary FairCo$t Health Plan. This innovative plan design seamlessly integrates 20+ cost containment solutions with a high-performance health-care solutions platform. This combination provides first-class benefits at substantially lower costs to employers all while realizing better clinical outcomes for plan members. A founding Health Rosetta Charter Certified Advisor, Carl has been nationally recognized for his work in creating localized, employer-built, health-care plans. By removing misaligned incentives, directing care based on quality and cost, and, ultimately, helping courageous employers fix their plans, companies are saving 15-to-30 percent in their healthcare spend. An accomplished speaker, Carl often rallies audiences with stories of how Mitigate Partners are challenging Wall Street (insurer-built) health plans by creating Main Street (employer-built) health plans and bending the healthcare cost curve.

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The Negotiator: Carl Schuessler Jr. (Part I)

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part discussion with Mr. Schuessler. We found this discussion so relevant to today’s healthcare challenges, we decided not to leave anything behind. 

As Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Mitigate Partners, a risk management, cost containment and employee benefits consulting firm, Carl Schuessler leads a consortium of 30+ employee benefit consulting and brokerage firms. Carl brings more than 30 years of experience in benefits consulting and financial services to the field, and pioneered the fiduciary approach to benefits advisory services. His passion for fixing the problem of runaway health-care costs in this country, and his desire to treat the employer’s money as his own led him through years of research culminating in the development of his proprietary FairCo$t Health Plan. This innovative plan design seamlessly integrates 20+ cost containment solutions with a high-performance health-care solutions platform. This combination provides first-class benefits at substantially lower costs to employers all while realizing better clinical outcomes for plan members. A founding Health Rosetta Charter Certified Advisor, Carl has been nationally recognized for his work in creating localized, employer-built, health-care plans. By removing misaligned incentives, directing care based on quality and cost, and, ultimately, helping courageous employers fix their plans, companies are saving 15-to-30 percent in their healthcare spend. An accomplished speaker, Carl often rallies audiences with stories of how Mitigate Partners are challenging Wall Street (insurer-built) health plans by creating Main Street (employer-built) health plans and bending the healthcare cost curve.

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The Mentor: James Ettien, MD, FACS

Dr. Ettien was born in Chattanooga and attended the University of the South at Sewanee. Following graduation he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and was rated as an aerial Navigator. Following a tour of duty in the Strategic Air Command, he received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and served as Editor of the student newspaper and as President of the Senior Class. He was also awarded the Mosby Scholarship Award.

His postgraduate training was taken at Vanderbilt and the Medical College of Georgia. Following two years of private practice in North Carolina he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He was subsequently recruited to the Diagnostic Clinic in Largo, Florida, and served as Chairman of the Cancer Control Committee and was the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer for 27 years.       

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The Pioneer – Mari Lipartia, MD

Dr. Lipartia was born and raised in the country of Georgia. After graduating from medical school with honors, she moved to the United States to continue her training. She completed her training in internal medicine and has been in clinical practice for over 15 years.

More recently, she embarked on a new path combining her passion for food, wellness, and internal medicine. Dr. Lipartia is one of few obesity medicine specialists who have undergone rigorous academic fellowship training in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

She founded NUMEO Medical to combine evidence-based excellence in Obesity Medicine care and offer a comprehensive and personalized approach to her patients.

The focus of her work is on reversing metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, and metabolic syndrome.

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