MediNcrease Health Plans (MHP) is a national, directly-contracted, multi-specialty PPO provider network utilized by Commercial Health, Workers’ Compensation and Auto Medical payer clients. The MHP participating provider network is comprised of hospitals, primary care physicians, specialty physicians, facilities, ancillary and complimentary providers located throughout the United States.

MHP offers its clients/payers substantial savings on medical expenditures via use of its directly contracted provider network, claim negotiations, and medical bill audit services. Clients include insurance companies, third party administrators (TPAs), self-insured employer groups, medical management companies, and other managed care organizations.

MHP offers its providers an opportunity for increased utilization, retention of existing patients, prompt payment of claims, simplified administrative procedures and a very competitive reimbursement arrangement.

MHP continues to offer its clients and providers unsurpassed, personalized customer
service.

MediNcrease Health Plans, LLC was founded in 2013 by a team of health care industry leaders with approximately 150 collective years in the provider network business. Most recently, the same leadership team built a highly successful national participating provider network, which was sold in 2011 to one of the nation’s largest provider networks.  The team came back together to build a new network model with more value for both providers and payers.

Linda J. Plaster

President and Chief Executive Officer

Linda Plaster has over 35 years of experience in the managed care industry. Prior to founding MediNcrease Health Plans (MHP), Ms. Plaster founded Integrated Health Plan in 1997 and sold the company to Multiplan in 2011. Linda was instrumental in developing several other national provider networks in the 1990s. In the early 1990s and throughout the 1980s, she owned and operated a managed care consulting firm, served as director of managed care for two hospital systems, developed a hospital based managed care program (Integrated Delivery System), and held positions with Av-Med, a Florida based HMO, and with CIGNA Healthplan of Florida where she worked in the Marketing, Utilization and Finance Departments and played a role in building the organization from start-up to becoming the largest HMO in the Tampa Bay area. Email

Carol Fant

Executive Vice President/Corporate Counsel

Carol Fant is MediNcrease’s (MHP’s) Executive Vice President and Corporate Counsel. Ms. Fant provides legal and business counsel to MHP on corporate matters. Prior to working with MHP, Ms. Fant served as General Counsel for Integrated Health Plan for 15 years. Ms. Fant has practiced law for 26 years. She earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and is licensed in the state of Florida. Email

Tom Tharp

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Tharp is the Chief Operating Officer of MediNcrease. Mr. Tharp has responsibility over internal operations, which includes database management, network development, information technology, production and human resources. Mr. Tharp brings over 25 years of senior management experience to MediNcrease. Prior to joining MediNcrease, Mr. Tharp served 9 years as Chief Operating Officer of Integrated Health Plan. He earned his B.S. from University of Puget Sound and M.S. from Baylor University. Email

Cheryl Thebeau

Chief Administrative Officer

Cheryl Thebeau is the Chief Administrative Officer of MediNcrease. Ms. Thebeau oversees accounting, facilities management, and supports claims operations in various ways. Prior to joining MediNcrease, she served 9 years as Vice President, Claims,of Integrated Health Plan. Ms. Thebeau has more than 20 years’ senior management experience working in the commercial health and property and casualty industry. Email

Patricia L. Dysart

General Counsel

Patricia Dysart is the General Counsel of MediNcrease. Ms. Dysart is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal and regulatory compliance, contracting initiatives, and also serves as the company’s Privacy and Security Officer. Prior to joining MediNcrease, Ms. Dysart served over 7 years as Assistant General Counsel of Integrated Health Plan. Ms. Dysart has been practicing law for almost 29 years, including over 7 years with State Farm Insurance, and has almost 13 years’ experience in the provider network and cost containment business.  Ms. Dysart earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was an editor and published author on law review. She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois, and is certified as an Authorized House Counsel by The Florida Bar (but is not a member of The Florida Bar). Email

Jeremy Perkinson

Senior Vice President, Product Management

Jeremy Perkinson is the SVP, Product Management, of MediNcrease. Mr. Perkinson oversees all aspects of daily production, including management of the negotiation team. He has spent the last 10 years overseeing operations for National Bill Audit Services, LLC. Mr. Perkinson brings a wealth of knowledge to MediNcrease in the areas of medical billing, plan design, and provider contracting. Mr. Perkinson also coordinated organ transplant activities for Integrated Health Plan. He earned his BS in Business Management and Marketing from the University of South Dakota. Email

Rich Wheat

Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Rich Wheat is the SVP, Information Technology, of MediNcrease. Mr. Wheat has over 13 years’ experience in IT management. He is currently responsible for managing all IT operations at MediNcrease, including; personnel, infrastructure, security, applications development, database management/administration, business partner and client data exchange, software, and hardware. He most recently served 9 years as Director of Information Technology, of Integrated Health Plan. He earned his BS in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico. Email

JoAnn Sadler

Vice President, Network Development

JoAnn Sadler is the Vice President, Network Development, of MediNcrease. Ms. Sadler is responsible for national and health system contracting. Prior to joining MediNcrease, Ms. Sadler held positions as an independent consultant and managed care contractor. In addition, she served 11 years as the Executive Director of Network Development for Integrated Health Plan. Ms. Sadler has over 32 years of experience in the managed healthcare industry, including senior positions in both the clinical and administrative setting. Email

Christian Clark

Chairman, Advisory Board

Christian Clark assists MediNcrease with marketing and sales initiatives and is the past President of MediNcrease. Prior to joining MediNcrease, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Integrated Health Plan, and most recently as Vice President of Sales and Account Management at MultiPlan. Mr. Clark brings more than 15 years’ experience in the provider network and cost containment business. Email

MHP’s mission is to offer a quality provider network to our clients/payers for use by insured members; to reduce medical claim expenditures for our clients/payers; to reduce-out-of-pocket expenses and balance billing issues for covered persons; to offer providers the opportunity for increased utilization, retention of existing patients, prompt payment of claims, simplified administrative procedures, and a competitive reimbursement arrangement; and to offer exceptional service to our clients, providers and patients that use the MHP provider network.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Company will provide equal consideration to all employees and job candidates without regard to sex, age, race, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Current job openings

Claims Specialist

This position is responsible for reviewing inbound claims/bills for completeness and accuracy, supporting the team of Medical Cost Analysts in daily functions, and communicating with clients regarding resolved claims. The Claims Specialist responsibilities include:

  1.  Receiving and reviewing inbound claim files in multiple formats for negotiation preparations.
  2.  Providing the most accurate, useful, and valuable information available to the Medical Cost Analysts.
  3.  Keeping the Medical Cost Analysts informed of claims resolution, issues, or problems as appropriate.
  4.  Obtaining additional information from clients (by telephone or other methods) as needed.
  5.  Collaborating, coordinating, and communicating with clients, internal departments, and providers.
  6.  Ensuring compliance with HIPAA protocol.
  7.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be assigned and/or required as necessary.

College degree required. 1-3 years medical claims experience is preferred. Previous experience in provider relations/claim resolution is beneficial. Submit resume 


Medical Cost Analyst I

This position is responsible for negotiating certain types and dollar sizes of assigned claims/bills to achieve maximum discount savings for the client. The Medical Cost Analyst I responsibilities include:

  1.  Initiating provider telephone calls to propose negotiated terms, applying effective telephone negotiation skills to reach successful resolution, and overcoming provider objections.
  2.  Addressing counter-offers received and presenting proposals for resolution while adhering to client guidelines and departmental goals.
  3.  Managing a high volume of claims in a queue, keeping current with all claim actions, and meeting client deadlines for working and closing claims.
  4.  Meeting and maintaining established departmental performance metrics.
  5.  Ensuring compliance with HIPAA protocol.
  6.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be assigned and/or required as necessary.

College degree required. 1-3 years medical claims negotiation experience is preferred. Previous clinical and/or medical bill review/coding experience desired. Submit resume 


Senior Provider Specialist

This position is responsible for negotiating and maintaining repeat discount agreements with providers.

  1.  Initiating provider telephone calls to negotiate repeat discount agreements, applying effective telephone negotiation skills to reach successful resolution, and overcoming provider objections.
  2.  Fostering and maintaining provider relationships to preserve ongoing negotiated discount arrangements.
  3.  Addressing proposed ongoing discount agreement changes and presenting proposals for resolution while adhering to client guidelines and departmental goals.
  4.  Managing the claims queue, keeping current with all claim actions, and meeting deadlines for working and closing claims.
  5.  Meeting and maintaining established departmental performance metrics.
  6.  Ensuring compliance with HIPAA protocol.
  7.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be assigned and/or required as necessary.

College degree required. 3-5 years medical claims negotiation or provider contracting experience is preferred. Previous clinical and/or medical bill review/coding experience desired. Submit resume