Commonwealth Care Alliance names new chief operating officer

PROVIDENCE – Commonwealth Care Alliance, a health care organization that expanded into Rhode Island last year, has a new chief operating officer.

Sesha Mudunuri was chosen for the position after a national search, the organization announced last week.

Mudunuri comes to the Boston-based company from Centene Corp.’s Magnolia Health Plan subsidiary, where he was chief operating officer. The subsidiary serves 300,000 members in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas.

At Commonwealth Care Alliance, Mudunuri will oversee a host of business and information technology operations and initiatives, including member services and the implementation of shared services for the organization’s multi-state markets.

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“I am thrilled to have Sesha join our executive team and leverage his vast experience in health plan operations in pursuit of our vision of transforming health care for people with significant needs,” said Commonwealth Care Alliance CEO and President Chris Palmieri. “Sesha’s deep knowledge of the populations we serve and success leading national, highly complex business initiatives adds important perspective to our organization as we continue to execute our growth strategy and deliver care to more individuals across the nation.”

Based in Boston, Commonwealth Care Alliance offers Medicare Advantage and Medicare Special Needs plans for people with complex medical needs in Rhode Island. It has also expanded into California and Michigan.

Coverage plans combine medical, dental and prescription drug benefits, with the goal of helping members live safely at home.

Elizabeth Graham is a PBN contributing writer.