Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is stepping down next year
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Health insurance giant Humana’s CEO Bruce Broussard is stepping down in the latter half of 2024. His successor will be Jim Rechtin, the current chief executive of physician staffing firm Envision Healthcare.
Rechtin, 52, will step up as Humana’s president and chief operating officer starting January, according to a company announcement Wednesday. Broussard, 61, who’s served in the CEO position since 2013, will remain as an advisor into 2025.
Under Broussard’s leadership, Humana tripled its Medicare Advantage membership since 2012 to over 5 million today, growing into the second-largest Medicaid Advantage insurer in the nation behind UnitedHealth. Broussard told Insider in an interview that Rechtin’s extensive background in healthcare and experience working with Medicare Advantage made him a good fit to run Humana, which has been combining its insurance business with care delivery.
“He’s really done a great job of taking something that was very complex, navigating through it, keeping and motivating the physicians and clinicians, while at the same time taking care of the business problems that were there beforehand,” Broussard told Insider.
Rechtin joined Envision as chief executive in 2020. The company was bought by private equity giant KKR in 2018 and faced congressional scrutiny and public backlash for its surprise billing practices. Envision filed for bankruptcy in May amid rising labor costs, payment delays by insurers and regulatory hurdles.
Before joining Envision, Rechtin served as the president of UnitedHealth’s OptumCare and held senior roles at dialysis provider DaVita Medical Group. He also spent 14 years at consulting firm Bain & Company doing work with the healthcare sector.
“Jim brings a strong combination of operational, industry and CEO expertise,” Humana board chairman Kurt Hilzinger said in a statement. “His first-hand experience leading through challenges and opportunities of a changing health care services continuum will help accelerate our integrated care strategy at pace.”