West Conshohocken, PA – Tandigm Health, a leading population health services organization, today announced the appointment of Charles “Lee” Buttz, MD, MBA, CPE, as Chief Medical Officer, effective immediately. Dr. Buttz will report directly to Tandigm Health President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Ingari. With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and as a practicing physician, Buttz is uniquely positioned to lead Tandigm’s clinical operations.
Dr. Buttz began his medical career with the U.S. Army as a Clinic Commander and Chief of Primary Care. He then practiced family medicine and held leadership roles at independent practices before becoming Medical Director at Cigna, Client Medical Director at iHealth Technologies and Medical Director of Utilization at Temple University Hospital. He joined Tandigm in 2017 as Vice President of Utilization and Clinical Programs and most recently served as Interim Chief Medical Officer of Tandigm Health.
“Over the last three years, Lee has become a key player in charting Tandigm’s strategic direction from a clinical perspective,” Ingari said. “His deep experience across utilization and care management and as a family practice physician has given Lee deep insight into the needs of primary care doctors and their teams. He’s built a strong team as Interim CMO and we’re pleased to welcome him as a permanent member of our leadership team.”
One of Buttz’s signature achievements as Interim Chief Medical Officer was starting a dedicated COVID-19 clinical support program through Tandigm’s care management team. He also led the redesign of the care management program and the recruitment of top-tier clinical leaders to head the company’s work in clinical network transformation, population health services and complex case management.
Previously, as Vice President of Utilization and Clinical Programs, Buttz developed Tandigm’s utilization management function and led the creation of this new department. He was active in expanding the preferred provider network through contractual relationships in high-cost specialties and developed an organizational strategic plan for behavioral health.
“It’s an honor and privilege to serve not just Tandigm Health, but the physicians who we work with and most importantly the patients we serve,” Buttz said. “Our clinical team is sharpening our focus on evolving quality goals and working together to improve our patients’ lives, while paying increased attention to the efficiency with which we provide their care. This year, the physicians in our network have worked harder than ever to meet unprecedented challenges, and we’re dedicated to supporting them as our industry continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.”