March 9, 2023
Sendero is Central Health’s Nonprofit Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
(Austin) – McKenzie Frazier, Central Health’s vice president of compliance and compliance officer, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Sendero Health Plans, Inc. (Sendero).
Sendero is a local, non-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) created and funded by Central Health, Travis County’s hospital district. Central Health, which owns Sendero, provides access to healthcare for Travis County residents with low income including health coverage through the Medical Access Program (MAP) and MAP Basic. Sendero offers health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Health Insurance Marketplace.
As the sole owner of Sendero, Central Health’s board of managers appoints the HMO’s seven-member board of directors. The board appointed Frazier during Central Health’s regularly scheduled board meeting on Feb. 22.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed to the Sendero Board of Directors,” Frazier said. “I am thrilled to bring forth my knowledge, skills, and abilities to continue the Sendero vision and mission, and commitment of, by providing affordable and quality healthcare coverage, we support the health of our community.
“Having someone with McKenzie’s experience and expertise on the Sendero board will be enormously beneficial to the company,” said Betty DeLargy, Sendero board chair. “The insurance industry is complex and ever-changing, so compliance with laws and regulations is vital to Sendero’s success. McKenzie is a great addition.”
The Central Health Board of Managers also voted to amend Sendero’s by-laws to add two ex officio board members to Sendero’s board: Central Health Chief Executive Officer (currently Mike Geeslin) and Chair of the Central Health Board (currently Dr. Charles Bell).
Sendero Board of Directors
• Betty DeLargy, board chair
• Charles Bell, M.D., M.S., ex officio member; chair, Central Health Board of Managers
• Amit Motwani, Central Health Board of Managers
• Juan Garza, former vice president of finance and development, Central Health
• Jeff Knodel, chief financial officer, Central Health
• Molly Hahn, senior project manager, Public Consulting Group
• Jerold McDonald, co-founder and CEO of Omaiven Health
• Mike Geeslin, ex officio member; president & CEO, Central Health
About McKenzie Frazier
McKenzie Frazier, M.H.S.A., M.L.S., CFE, CPCO, joined Central Health in 2020 as vice president of compliance and compliance officer. McKenzie served as the director of compliance and privacy officer for People’s Community Clinic, and prior to that, as the vice president of corporate compliance and quality and privacy officer for a national peer recovery support services provider. McKenzie previously served as the director of compliance for ValueOptions of California, the largest privately held behavioral health company, and as the director of compliance & program integrity and the national director of corporate compliance for Beacon Health Options in which he oversaw the company’s Medicaid and Commercial programs’ compliance activities. McKenzie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Mississippi College, and a Master’s degree in Legal Studies in Healthcare Law from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law.
Additionally, McKenzie is a certified fraud examiner (CFE) certified by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Also, he is a certified professional compliance officer (CPCO) certified by the AAPC, and a member of the AAPC.
About Central Health
Created by voters in 2004, Central Health’s mission is to improve the health of the community by caring for those who need it most. We are empowering communities with care by building a better healthcare system.
Central Health is Travis County’s hospital district serving about 1 in 12 residents. Central Health’s core objective is to be healthcare system providing high-quality, equitable care for low-income Travis County residents.
About Sendero Health Plans
Formed in 2011, Sendero Health Plans, Inc. is a community-based nonprofit Health Maintenance Organization affiliated with the Travis County Healthcare District, known as Central Health.
Sendero is the first and only Texas Affordable Care Act health plan to receive a 4-Star Quality rating from the federal government two years in a row.
Sendero is dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing affordable, quality healthcare coverage, especially for Travis County residents with low income.
Sendero offers its IdealCare plans on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace and is available in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Burnet, Fayette, Lee and Caldwell counties.