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Stiffler brings nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare to the CCA executive leadership team

BOSTON, MA – June 7, 2021 – Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA), a nationally recognized not-for-profit, community-based, integrated healthcare organization focused on care and coordination for high-cost, high-needs individuals, today announced the appointment of Don Stiffler as chief corporate development officer. In this new role, Stiffler will serve as a key member of the CCA executive leadership team and lead the development of new markets and products, including the identification of new business opportunities for CCA and its subsidiaries that include value-based payment initiatives and shared savings arrangements. He will also coordinate efforts with the company’s innovation arm, Winter Street Ventures®, to foster scalability and innovations for the CCA care model.

“Don joins CCA at a pivotal time for public health and brings the leadership experience necessary to expand our services and product offerings that are critical to improving the health and well-being of people with significant needs,” said Chris Palmieri, president and CEO of Commonwealth Care Alliance. “He will lead our business development efforts and ensure that those initiatives align with our mission and vision to transform the nation’s healthcare for the most vulnerable.”

“I’m thrilled to join the executive leadership team at CCA and help build upon their strong foundation as a nationally recognized integrated care system,” Stiffler said. “This is an organization that grounds all operations, policy positions and partnerships in its mission, and I look forward to continuing that momentum in my new role.” 

Stiffler joins CCA after most recently serving as the National Vice President for Business Development at Optum/United Health Group, where he oversaw all business and network operations for the Complex Care Management Division. Prior to that role, Stiffler served as Vice President of Business Development for Eastern US, where he worked to lead 36 markets and held other business development and strategy positions. Preceding his time at Optum/United Health Group, Stiffler worked at the Community Behavioral Healthcare Network of Pennsylvania (CBHNP), where he served as the Vice President of Network Operations.

Stiffler holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

About Commonwealth Care Alliance 

Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) is an integrated care system influencing innovative models of complex care nationwide. A not-for-profit, community-based payer and provider serving individuals with significant health needs, CCA’s uncommon care® model is proven effective in addressing unmet social determinants of health, behavioral health, and medical needs. Mission-based and person-centered, CCA is singularly focused on sustainable and evidence-based healthcare breakthroughs that fill important gaps in care and improve the health and well-being of people with complex needs.  This includes advocating for affordable, high-quality and cost-effective healthcare policies that lead to healthcare equity for individuals who need it most.

For five consecutive years,1 CCA One Care earned a top overall experience rating from consumers; in 2020, CCA earned 93%, and CMS rated CCA Senior Care Options 4.5 out of 5 stars for 2021. Learn more about CCA’s pioneering healthcare solutions and validated care model at or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn

1Based on the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys.

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