Michael S. Varadian, JD, MBA, has over thirty years of senior leadership experience in public and private sector hospital, health care service products and behavioral health operations, development, M&A, managed care, integrated care, health reform, regulations, policy and health law.
Previously, Mr. Varadian was the Senior Vice President and National Director of Health Reform at Providence Service Corporation, leading this multi-billion dollar international behavioral health managed care company to design and implement integrated and collaborative care service products, partnering with payers, employers, academic medical centers and ACOs, throughout Providence’s home and community based health care operations in 31 states. He is a leading national resource and frequent speaker on Health Homes, integrated care, managed care, health and payment reform and fiscal sustainability.
Prior to Providence Service Corporation, Mr. Varadian was the Executive Director for Operations and Policy for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. There he led all department efforts in Medicaid health reform, integrated care and workforce development, implementing the nation’s first CMS Health Home Integrated Care Pilot for seriously mentally ill individuals, and the nation’s second Opiate Treatment Program Health Home for the opiate dependent population. Both programs have been considered national models for all other states. He also helped lead RI’s efforts to obtain one of the earliest Medicaid Global Waivers, Health Insurance Exchange, and a CMS State Innovation Model (SIM) grant for integrated care and payment reform.
During his time in Rhode Island, Mr. Varadian was also the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, where he directed all health care regulations, health plan certification and licensing, medical professional credentialing and disciplinary Boards, the Certificate of Need program, health care facility health and safety inspections, as well as statewide regulations and oversight of all vital environmental areas including food safety, drinking water quality, beach water quality and radiation monitoring for all health care facilities and professionals.
Prior to this work, Mr. Varadian was the Senior Coordinator for the Health Care Audit Unit of the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, where he performed oversight for the state’s health reform initiative under Governor Romney, and the development of the nation’s first Health Insurance Exchange.
Mr. Varadian has led a national behavioral health outcomes company- Behavioral Health Laboratories; a national behavioral health managed care company- First Health Services; a leader at Massachusetts teaching hospitals- Newton Wellesley Hospital and McLean Hospital; national health care consulting companies- Advocates for Human Potential, and Focus Advisors; and performed health care mergers and acquisitions for American Medical International (now Tenet), and for the Boston law firm, Warner & Stackpole.
He earned his Bachelors of Science degree at Babson College, in Wellesley, MA, his Masters of Business Administration degree at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his Juris Doctor degree at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA, and is a member of the Bar in both Massachusetts and at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.