Meet Our Team

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Jim Clement

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

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Doug Brown

SVP, Value & Access

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Harry Vargo

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

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Heidi Toretto, MBA, MS

Executive Director, Value Access & Operations

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Jim Clement

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

A former Aetna executive, Jim Clement is a key expert on the Coeus senior leadership team.

Most recently, Jim served as Executive Director, Value-Based Care and Supply Chain Strategy at Aetna Healthcare, where he focused largely on proving the value of pharmaceutical therapies. Jim was responsible for transforming the financing of the pharmacy benefit and leading Aetna’s enterprise relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Jim was responsible for maintaining administrative oversight for pharmacy benefit strategy, actuarial services, client pricing, network administration, analytics, and vendor management (inclusive of Aetna Pharmacy’s outsourced services to CVS), in addition to innovative contracting models to help drive value-based care.

Jim also served as a board member for sPCMA, collaborated with the Bipartisan Policy Center on innovative and value-based market access approaches for gene therapies, and served as an advisor to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) on the publication of “Value-Based Contracting for Oncology Drugs.”

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Doug Brown

SVP, Value & Access

Doug Brown is Senior Vice President of Value and Access at COEUS. He has 30 years of pharmacy management experience, the last 18 years working with Magellan Rx where his focus was on government markets, working to address strategies that help improve operational efficiency and stakeholder value in Medicaid. Before becoming Chief Strategy Officer, he served as Vice President of both Account Management and Value Based Solutions. Doug provided subject matter expertise on federal and state government legislation that impacted state Medicaid programs and offered policymakers a national view of evolving events in Medicaid. He frequently met with CMS, NGA, and MACPAC as well as legislative officials to help shape Medicaid policy to benefit state Medicaid programs and the beneficiaries they serve. To that end, Doug developed the foundation for an Outcomes-Based Contracting program in Medicaid with the intent of pivoting the drug pricing discussion away from unit cost and toward reducing the total cost of care.

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Harry Vargo

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

Harry Vargo, Partner, Strategy & Outcomes, is a key expert on the Coeus senior leadership team. He draws on over 20 years’ experience in managed care and biotechnology and specializes in value-based and innovative contracting, medical pharmacy management, and formulary management.

Prior to joining Coeus, Harry spent 14 years at Aetna Healthcare where he served various roles. In the last 6 years at Aetna, he was the Senior Director of Manufacturer Relations and Head of Aetna’s Value-Based Contract team. Harry is seen as a leading voice in value-based contracting, speaking at numerous national conferences and committees. 

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Heidi Toretto, MBA, MS

Executive Director, Value Access & Operations

Heidi Toretto has 15 years of success in national health-plan and life sciences companies’ value-based and outcomes-based internal operations development, contract drafting and negotiations, and rebate strategy development. Her attention to detail to concisely explain complicated concepts to executives within and outside the organization, her proven situational leadership skills, and her ability to motivate and generate enthusiasm with individuals across all levels of the organization and exemplary interpersonal skills translate into positive relationships with colleagues and clients.

Heidi joined the COEUS team from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals where she led value-based contract negotiation and operations. While there, she helped build their contracting operations approach for their newly approved product Onpattro and implemented 13 VBCs in the months following its approval. Prior to Alnylam, Heidi built a contracts administration department and internal operations at Aetna supporting the company’s efforts in value-based contracting. 

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