Katherine Hobbs, MD, MPH

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of Optum Behavioral Care, Katherine helped develop an integrated and value-based outpatient care delivery organization through partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to Optum, Katherine was the Chief of Behavioral Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), leading the transition of the benefits business to managing total cost of care risk for behavioral health; developing alternative payment models incentivizing access and quality of care; and advancing care delivery through clinical and technological innovations. Before Blue Cross NC, Katherine was the Chief Medical Officer for Alliance Health, a North Carolina Medicaid managed care entity serving approximately 400,000 covered lives. At Alliance, she was responsible for all benefits aspects of the organization, including medical expense management, medical policy, utilization/case management, quality, and population health. Katherine is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Medicine, and she conducted pragmatic research through her work with health systems and payers. She also serves on the Board of Directors and clinical advisory committees for early-stage health care companies.

From 2015-17 at Duke Health, Katherine practiced in integrated care settings and helped develop and lead predictive modeling and other population-based approaches for improving health. From 2013-14 as the Associate Medical Director of Psychiatry for the Massachusetts Medicaid program, she helped lead state and local initiatives for value-based reimbursement for integrated care and quality for behavioral health managed care organizations. Finally, from 2012-14 as a fellow with the Kraft Center for Community Health through Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare, she completed a Master’s Degree at the Harvard School of Public Health and conducted a pilot evaluation of behavioral health integration with pediatric primary care. Katherine is dedicated to improving access and quality of health care, especially for people who are underserved by the current system.