The Health Plan Alliance has a new leader as founder and president Cathy Eddy plans to retire this spring, the organization said Monday.
Joe Lastinger becomes Alliance’s new president, effective today. He was named to the role after a nationwide search, Health Plan Alliance said. Eddy will officially retire at the end of April.
Based in Irving, Health Plan Alliance is a membership organization for provider-sponsored and independent health plans.
Lastinger is a Dallas native who was previously system vice president of strategy and market development for Baylor Scott & White Health. Before that, he was CEO at the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership, where he helped create a health information exchange. He’s also been an executive at the Dallas-based medical document company T-System, Inc.
Eddy launched the Health Plan Alliance in 1996 and has led the organization for more than 20 years. At the time she started what was first called HMO Alliance, Eddy was vice president of managed care and clinical affairs at now-Vizient.