Keith Lemer, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Keith Lemer

Keith Lemer

As chief executive officer of WellNet and member of the board, Keith Lemer is responsible for leading strategy, marketing, operations, profitability and growth with the overarching goal of delivering best-in-class health management solutions that help clients improve the health of their members and overall quality and cost of care.

Lemer is a founding member of the Healthcare Performance Management Institute and sits on the Institute’s Advisory Board as a supporter of research and education dedicated to the promotion of business technology and management principles that deliver better and more cost effective healthcare benefits. Lemer is also founding partner of Healthcare Interactive, a software development firm whose core focus is building healthcare applications that control and consolidate healthcare management within a single system.

Lemer has lobbied extensively on Capitol Hill for healthcare reform and frequently provides strategic counsel to the Employee Benefits Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. Additionally, he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The San Jose Mercury News, Business Week, Employee Benefit News, The Commonwealth Fund, Managed Healthcare Executive, Risk and Insurance, The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal and has appeared on C-SPAN.

Lemer is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and The Young Presidents Organization’s (YPO) Washington, D.C. chapter, was named 2011’s 40 under 40 by The Washington Business Journal and was named 2013’s InTheCapital’s 50 On Fire. He is also chairman of the board of Unsung Heroes, a national nonprofit that focuses on promoting awareness and appreciation for the workforce on the nation’s college campuses who keep the university running behind-the-scenes but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. As a mentor and business plan competition judge for Washington, D.C.’s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE,) Lemer also advises low-income inner city youth on recognizing opportunities to plan for successful futures by encouraging students to start their own businesses.

Prior to WellNet, Lemer was a partner with Los Angeles-based ITU Ventures, a venture capital firm funded by Global Crossing and Softbank Ventures where he focused on sourcing healthcare and biotech-related investment opportunities developed by students and professors in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer at leading institutions such as Cal Tech, Harvard, Princeton, U.C. Berkeley and Yale.

Lemer received a bachelor’s of science from Syracuse University with a concentration in marketing and communications. Fun Fact: After attending a 6 month, intensive Italian cooking school, Keith dreams of opening a restaurant one day.

Recent Articles by Keith Lemer

The Deception Behind In-Network ‘Discounts’

Here’s a strange paradox: Healthcare costs have increased by an unsustainable rate of about 8.5% each year over the past decade, according to PwC’s Health Research Institute. Already, the average employer-based family health insurance plans costs more than $18,000 annually. But Medicare spending has been relatively stable. Over the past three years, the program’s payouts […]

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