Heather Richards, Chief Revenue Optimization Officer, joined Atlas Healthcare Partners in October 2021 with over 20 years of experience as a transformational and results-oriented leader. Heather leads Atlas’ payor strategy and operations as well as centralized Revenue Cycle Management services with a focus on developing value-based arrangements, optimizing revenue with managed care contracts, and delivering best-in-class revenue cycle results.
Recognized as a leader in the industry and a champion of healthcare innovation, Heather has played an integral role in leading performance improvement of physician practices, ancillaries, and facilities. She also has deep experience and expertise in strategy, business operations, mergers, and acquisitions across healthcare organizations.
Previously Heather served in executive leadership roles working with Tenet Healthcare, United Surgical Partners International, Baylor, Scott & White, Source One Management, and MPOWERHealth. Heather’s experience includes the development and execution of strategies to establish a comprehensive Value-Based Healthcare solution to include a multi-state musculoskeletal specialty Clinically Integrated Network (CIN); Episodic care delivery and management services; ASC and Physician business office optimization; Data-driven solutions for improved client engagement and revenue cycle results for over 250+ facilities.
Heather has a master’s degree in business administration, magna cum laude and a Bachelor of Science in accounting, magna cum laude from Husson University, Bangor, ME.