Chairman & CEO
Bill Resnick is currently the Chairman and CEO of EmpiRx Health, a revolutionary Pharmacy Benefit Management company serving the pharmacy benefit needs of employers and Taft-Hartley funds throughout the United States. Prior to forming EmpiRx Health, Bill co-founded Solid Benefit Guidance in 2005. Solid Benefit Guidance is a national pharmacy and employee benefit consulting firm serving health plans, Fortune 500 clients and Taft-Hartley Funds. Bill sold Solid Benefit Guidance in June 2015 to Arthur J. Gallagher.
Prior to founding Solid Benefit Guidance, Bill held senior positions at several local and national health plans including General Manager for Medco Health Solutions, Vice President of National Account Sales and Account Management for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Senior Benefit Consultant for CODA/KVI.
Bill graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business, with a concentration in marketing. He later went on to receive his MBA in HealthCare Administration in 1998 from Baruch/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
Kristin Begley, PharmD
Chief Commercial Officer
A proven leader in the healthcare space, Kristin has over 15 years of experience in the industry with a focus on pharmaceuticals. She is the Chief Commercial Officer at EmpiRx Health, a market changing Pharmacy Care Management model rooted in payer alignment, lowest net cost and concierge service. Previously she served as the Chief Pharmacy Officer of Truveris, a health technology company that sheds light on the inner workings of the pharmaceutical supply chain. Kristin also led Hewitt’s National Pharmacy Practice, where she managed Rx benefit strategy for Fortune 500 employers. She has combined expertise in financial and clinical expertise as a pharmacist, focusing on procurement, benefit design, and pharmacogenomics. Kristin holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Samford University.
Chief Operating Officer
Karthik Ganesh is the Chief Operating Officer at EmpiRx Heath. As COO, Karthik is responsible for all operational aspects of EmpiRx Health including information technology, clinical operations, marketing and product development, HR, corporate planning and strategy execution.
Karthik is an accomplished operating executive with an impeccable career of delivering strong contributions to innovation, profitability, growth and operational excellence across a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations. He has a solid track record of scaling and transforming small- and mid-sized organizations, including start-ups and subsidiaries of large corporations. Prior to EmpiRx Health, Karthik was the founding operations leader of CareAllies, a Cigna subsidiary focused on value-based care enablement. Prior to CareAllies, Karthik was the COO/CIO of QualCare, a regional provider-sponsored healthcare services leader specializing in powering and operating health plans, ACOs and joint payer-provider strategies. Karthik strategized and executed a comprehensive service model and technology transformation at QualCare which culminated in the organization being acquired by a national payer.
Karthik’s career includes leadership roles at Aetna and Express Scripts and senior-level consulting roles at Deloitte and Capgemini E&Y. He has built and operated commercial and provider-sponsored health plans, operationalized Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans, in addition to directing complex integration efforts, aligning business-IT strategies and optimizing mission-critical operations. Karthik is recognized as a thought leader in healthcare strategy, operations and technology and has been featured in leading industry journals. He holds a Master of Software Engineering from Kansas State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Polina Kogan, PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Polina Kogan is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at EmpiRx Heath. In this role, she is leading the development, implementation and analysis of all Clinical Programs as well as building Clinical relationship with all clients. Prior to joining EmpiRx Health, Polina served as a Director of Pharmacy at VNSNY CHOICE Health Plan. During 11 years at VNSNY CHOICE, Polina built a successful Pharmacy Services department which played a major role in improving CMS Quality ratings, known as STAR measures, with improvement from 2.5 to 4 STARs in less than 2 years. She has also built very successful PBM delegation oversight program which lead to Health Plan passing of vigorous Medicare Part D CMS audit. Polina has been recognized by the Health Plan for her Leadership Skills on multiple occasions as well as nominated for Making a Difference Award by the Association of Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). In addition, Polina has closely worked with VNSNY Research Institute and acted as an investigator in several Medication related clinical studies, some of which were published in peer-reviewed journals. Before her Managed Care Pharmacy career, Polina practiced and led Clinical Pharmacy area at major New York teaching hospitals for over 10 years.
Polina holds Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida and Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Long Island University. Polina is an active member of Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and serves as a member on the Professional Practice Committee. She has also been a member of Medical and Pharmacy Directors Committee and Clinical Committee at the Health Plan Association (HPA).
Robert C. Allen
Chief Administrative Officer
Bob Allen is Chief Administrative Officer of EmpiRx Health, LLC. In this role, Bob is responsible for all administrative functions including vendor relationship management as well as facilities, compliance, legal, Salesforce administration and overall project management.
Bob has more than 35 years of broad management experience that includes in depth expertise in finance, human resources, information technology, operations and administrative/facilities services. Prior to coming to EmpiRx Health, Bob was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer of Affinity Health Plan, a 300,000 member managed care plan in New York. He also held senior executive positions in information technology and merger integration at Emblem Health, a NYC based health insurer with several million commercial and government programs members. He began his career and spent more than 20 years at Orange and Rockland Utilities where he held management positions in finance, operations, human resources and information technology. This included an 8-year period managing the utility’s self-insured benefits plan.
Bob holds an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in Business Administration and Economics from Dominican College.
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
Margo Carp is Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, in addition to leading marketing and sales support efforts at EmpiRx Health. Margo brings over ten years of experience in the healthcare industry, most recently at Cognizant where she focused on payment reform and value-based strategies for payers and providers within the healthcare division. Prior to that, she has held marketing positions at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kraft Foods, and Gartner. She brings experience in strategic partnerships and is also responsible for product development.
Margo holds an MBA from the Stern School at New York University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.
Richard H. Bernstein, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Advisor
Dr. Bernstein is a health care consultant to various organizations around the country. Previously, he was the Chief Medical Officer of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, a managed care organization of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. His role included clinical quality, medical cost management and strategic innovation.
In the past, he has done medical consulting in the areas of data analytics and predictive modeling, was the New York and later a national medical director for Aetna and also a medical director of a management services organization. He served as medical director at the faculty IPA at Mount Sinai in New York City and founded the faculty/resident group practice.
Richard is a board certified internist and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He organized and runs a course at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s MPH program on the topic of Managed Care and Health Insurance. He has contributed peer reviewed articles and chapters and has spoken at national conferences on topics ranging from decision analysis, managed care, medical management, palliative care and adverse drug event mitigation strategies.
His current faculty titles at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.