Dr. Scott Howell, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Vitality HealthPlan, the first full Knox Keene licensed Medicare Advantage plan approved by the Department of Managed Care in California in the last decade. Currently operating in two California counties with membership to exceed then thousand in the first year of operation. Prior to Vitality, Dr, Howell was the CMO for AdvantMed a mezzanine level PE funded organization concentrating on all back office operations for at-risk entities for healthplans and delegated medical groups. Previously, Dr. Howell is the executive medical director at Heritage Provider Network, a fully delegated medical group, for business development, enterprise-wide clinical solutions and health systems research. Previously, Dr. Howell was the National Senior Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for Network and Population Health, Optum Insight, responsible for risk adjustment, quality performance, network analytics/contracting, predictive modeling, clinical consulting of Part C/D and M&A acquisition due diligence. Prior to Optum, Dr. Howell was the Regional Chief Medical Officer (RCMO) for the Northeast Region of Americhoice, Inc. focusing on the Medicaid and Dual SNPs populations. Prior to United Healthcare, Dr Howell was the Medical Director for Managed Care at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the first HIV SNP in the nation, along with responsibility for international consulting in Russia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti. Dr. Howell was the lead scientific advisor to Management Sciences for Health the prime contractor for PEPFAR in Haiti.
Dr. Howell also consults in several areas of medicine for Semler Scientific, Inc (peripheral vascular disease), Echosyn (NASH liver disease), RDx BioScience (genetics) and Impedied (protein calorie malnutrition).
Dr. Howell is board certified in Family Practice, Preventative Medicine and Public Health and Addiction Medicine and has been in medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Howell has staff privileges as a per diem physician at the academic medical center of Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Howell has a Masters in Economics from the University of Miami, Master in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM) from Tulane University, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Fresno and certified by the American College of Physician Executives as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE)
Dr. Howell has served the military for 25 years and his current reserve assignment is with the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) at the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoDIG) concentrating on the Wounded Warrior Program, BioAssurity, and Ebola Outbreak Assessment. Dr. Howell has published peer-reviewed articles in both disciplines finance and medicine.