Leadership

Robin J. Thomashauer

Executive Director

Robin Thomashauer is the executive director of CAQH, a non-profit alliance that is the leader in creating shared initiatives to streamline the business of healthcare.  She has overseen the strategy and operations of the organization since its inception, over 15 years ago.

Under her direction, CAQH has collaborated with health plans, hospitals and healthcare providers to develop, implement, and manage initiatives that reduce costs and eliminate unnecessary administrative burden. These efforts include the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CAQH CORE®), CAQH ProView®, SanctionsTrack®, COB Smart®, EnrollHub®, and the CAQH Index®.

Robin has more than 30 years of broad experience in strategy, managed care operations and hospital administration.  Before joining CAQH she was a director in the health care practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), with a primary focus on payer organizations.  Prior to her position with PwC, Robin held senior management positions with Kaiser Permanente, as well as in several teaching hospitals.

Robin holds an M.H.S.A. in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in Social Sciences from Colgate University.  She is a Diplomate in The American College of Healthcare Executives.

Gwendolyn Lohse

Deputy Director, Managing Director, Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange

Gwendolyn Lohse is the Deputy Director, and Managing Director of the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) at CAQH. CAQH CORE creates national business rules to govern the electronic exchange of administrative data, regardless of technology. To demonstrate their adoption of the CAQH CORE Operating Rules, entities must complete a certification process that verifies that their IT systems and products are in compliance with the rules.

Gwendolyn led the design and implementation of CORE, and oversees the day-to-day aspects. Under her leadership, over 140 organizations, including health plans, hospitals, vendors, CMS, and other healthcare industry leaders, have joined CAQH CORE. CORE participants collectively cover approximately 75 percent of the commercially insured plus Medicare and some state-based Medicaid beneficiaries. Numerous leading national healthcare organizations have completed CORE certification or become CORE Endorsers.  

Prior to joining CAQH, Gwendolyn was a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), serving both domestic and international healthcare clients, and an associate within Johns Hopkins’ internal consulting unit.

Sorin Davis

Managing Director, Industry Relations

Sorin Davis is the Managing Director of Industry Relations at CAQH. With more than 35 years of experience in health insurance, healthcare management, benefits administration, sales and marketing, Sorin has served the healthcare industry from many perspectives. He previously served as the Managing Director of Marketing and Business Development at CAQH.

During his tenure with CAQH, he was responsible for the national launch of the CAQH Universal Provider Datasource initiative, which is now CAQH ProView. Previously, Sorin was executive vice president of MultiPlan, and CEO of its subsidiary, CareAway USA. He was director of labor sales and account management at Empire Blue Cross, and director of claims administration for the Amalgamated Life Insurance Company.

Sorin holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University, specializing in health services management.

Yuvi Kochar

Managing Director, Technology and Operations

Yuvi Kochar is Managing Director, Technology and Operations at CAQH. With extensive experience in large-scale product development and infrastructure support, Yuvi is responsible for overall information technology functions at CAQH. He brings strategic leadership and tactical execution to the design and implementation of an evolving suite of solutions and services to streamline the business of healthcare.

He has held a variety of IT leadership positions during his career, from his recent Chief Technology Officer position with Graham Holdings, formerly the Washington Post Co., for over 12 years to Chief Technology Officer with Brassring, the leading recruitment automation SAAS product used by a number of Global 1000 companies. He started his career as a programmer and evolved into technical and operational roles.

Yuvi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India.

Karen Waller

Director, Communications and Marketing

Karen Waller leads strategic communications and is building the marketing program to support the growth of CAQH Solutions and initiatives. She brings more than two decades of healthcare public relations agency experience to the role, most recently as Senior Vice President at GYMR Public Relations.

Previously, Karen created and led communication and marketing programs on behalf of a range of healthcare association, non-profit, and government clients while serving in two national PR agencies, Burson-Marsteller and Porter Novelli. Her expertise includes traditional and social media relations, issues management, strategic communications planning and alliance development.

Karen holds a B.A. and MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charlie Winters

Managing Director, Finance and Administration

Charlie Winters is the Managing Director of Finance and Administration at CAQH. With more than 25 years of experience in finance, Charlie has helped a range of organizations manage rapid growth and change. His responsibilities include finance, human resources, office services, and IT security.

He has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including VP of Finance at Lumenos and VP of Operations Support at Value Behavioral Health. Previous to his healthcare experience, Charlie spent five years as a practicing CPA at a public accounting firm.

Charlie earned a B.B.A. in accounting from Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Atul Pathiyal

Managing Director of Product and Strategy

Atul Pathiyal is the Managing Director of Product and Strategy for CAQH. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction for a portfolio of industry-wide utilities that address complex and systemic underlying challenges that affect stakeholders across the healthcare landscape, such as provider data management, credentialing, electronic payment enrollment and coordination of benefits.

Prior to CAQH, Atul held roles at a large national health plan as well as in management consulting. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins and the George Washington University.

Cynthia West

Managing Director, Business Development and Account Management

Cynthia West is the Managing Director, Business Development and Account Management, at CAQH. A senior executive with expertise in both healthcare payer and provider sales and client development, Cynthia oversees all sales and account functions at the organization.

From 2007-2017, Cynthia was Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Thomson Reuters, overseeing sales and account managements for the payer, provider and hospital markets. She grew a small team of 20 sales professionals, focused on a small portion of the health system market, to a team of 160 that greatly expanded sales into the middle market of providers, as well as payers. She also has consulting experience in sales and account management for the payer community. Earlier in her career she held sales and service roles at Medsolutions, Interland and Ameritech.

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