Michael Carson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a leading not-for-profit health services company. Harvard Pilgrim and its family of companies provide health benefit plans, programs and services to more than 3 million members in New England and beyond. He leads an organization of over 1,800 employees who are committed to improving the health and well-being of its members and the community.
A seasoned health care executive, Michael joined Harvard Pilgrim in 2017 as Chief Business Growth Officer. He is passionate about transforming health care and making it more affordable, accessible and efficient for consumers by connecting often disparate health services and care delivery through strategic collaborations and leading-edge technology. Additionally, he is committed to using innovative approaches to improve member health and wellness including the utilization of an industry leading population health model that focuses on “whole person” care, best-in-class analytics with data-driven decisions that improve both individual and community outcomes and empowering members to be fully involved in their health care decision-making by providing advanced health care consumerism products and tools.
Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, Michael held several senior leadership positions in the health care industry including Chief Operating Officer at ConcertoHealth, President of Anthem’s Eastern Region Medicare business, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Medicare at Amerigroup and Vice President of Operations at Premera Blue Cross in Washington.
Michael chairs the board of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which helps build healthy communities by supporting programs that provide access to fresh, healthy food, and supports Harvard Pilgrim employees as they invest their time and talents across the region. Additionally, he sits on the boards of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP) the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Michael studied at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and the University of Maryland and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Harvard Pilgrim is a not-for-profit health plan that provides a variety of insurance plan options and self-funding arrangements to more than one million members in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Harvard Pilgrim was founded in 1969 as an integrated managed care system called Harvard Community Health Plan and later merged with Pilgrim Health Care.