Laurie R. Russell, MS, RN, CCM, GCM – SME

As XLHealth’s vice president of medical affairs, Laurie Russell is responsible for care management, utilization management, and clinical quality programs at Care Improvement Plus, a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan currently operating in six states. She has more than 30 years experience in healthcare, most recently with Johns Hopkins HealthCare, where she was senior director of care management and played a key role in a major departmental reorganization that integrated disease management, utilization management, and behavioral healthcare management services. Prior to that, as director of disease management, she was instrumental in the development, implementation and monitoring of 12 specialty disease programs and revenue enhancement initiatives for Johns Hopkins. 

Russell also served as assistant vice president for nursing operations at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Her clinical experience includes ER, ICU, CCU, Renal Dialysis, and Orthopedics. She has practiced clinically at various hospitals in the Baltimore area including Upper Chesapeake, Sinai, Johns Hopkins Bayview, and St. Joseph Medical Centers. 

Russell is a graduate of The College of Notre Dame of Maryland (BSN) and Central Michigan University (MS) and is currently involved with the Commission for Case Management Certification (CCMC) as an SME. She is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Published works have appeared in The Remington Report as well as Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century (2006).