Former Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty launches healthcare consulting firm

Daniel J. Hilferty, who has just chaired the commission that won a bid to make Philadelphia the host city for the 2026 Men’s World Cup, announced on Tuesday his next venture, Dune View Strategies, a health consulting firm.

Hilferty, a former president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross and a longtime civilian leader in Philadelphia, said he wanted to help startups work through the inevitable thicket of relationships with healthcare providers, insurers and government.

The Inquirer talks to Hilferty about his plans. His answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

“My real passions are behavioral health and government programs. Under the category of behavioral health would be everything that deals with recovery [from substance use disorders]everything that brings a component of telehealth into the treatment of mental health, which helps to break the stigma and get real care for people.

I’ve always been fascinated by running [Medicaid insurer] AmeriHealth Mercy, now AmeriHealth Caritas, in any type of technology, product or service that makes care more accessible to people eligible for Medicaid. And now I’m starting to be interested in Medicare.

These are the areas I want to focus on and provide low-cost consulting services for start-ups. ”

“I develop a faculty of people who, like me, want to stay stimulated and engaged. An example might be Joe Frick, my predecessor at Independence – no one better to talk about strategy and / or team building. There will be hourly pay for teachers and we will certainly have some administrative component. I want to make some money to keep things going, but I’m not looking for a salary per se. I’m looking for an incentive and I’m looking for fun things that I want to lag behind, either financially in a small way, or by helping them. ”

“The investments will be mainly personal, family and friends.

My son has a start-up called Project Manifesto, which mainly helps young people who are biased, engaged, sober and have a sponsor who starts saying what they want to do with their lives.

We guide them and help them understand their core values, dreams, experiences and skills and then get to what career they would like to pursue. Through my relationships and contacts – and through the connections and contacts of others – we help them identify opportunities that fit this type of profile. This is a work of love, because this is my son.

The second is a company called Healthpilot, which is a site and platform that helps people, especially the elderly, identify their best Medicare Advantage plan. Think about how complicated this process is. It helps them and their advisors figure out what works best for them. “

“Absolutely not. I will invest with friends and family in things that interest me and that I think have the opportunity. If I had to advise them, I would not look for a fee in this type of scenario.

But we hope that there will be other companies that can’t afford the big consulting houses, which are just amazing and that Independence and other big companies rely on, but really want to get help from experienced professionals in everything from team building. to strategy to network financing to marketing. “

“Everything I do, I state very clearly to the Independence. Let’s say one of the companies wants to talk to Independence. If I have a financial interest in this, I will notify Independence. If I give advice, I will let them know and go out. Independence can say they want to talk to them or not. It is about revealing, and then in no way, a form or form that tries to influence what Independence may or may not decide to do with an object.

“I was. I love the service, the government and politics. I thought about it, but the truth is, I just don’t fit into the current environment, number one. I don’t think I could have won, number two. And number three, at 65, that is what I want to do. “

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