Jacqueline KosecoffPosted On: Nov. 30, 2008 12:00 AM CST
Chief Executive Officer
Prescription Solutions, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc.
Jacqueline Kosecoff has led Prescription Solutions’ growth since joining the company in 2002 as executive vp. Then, it was a unit of PacifiCare Health Systems Inc., which UnitedHealth Group acquired in 2005. Previously, Ms. Kosecoff founded and was president of Protocare Inc., a Santa Monica, Calif.-based clinical development and health services consulting firm, for four years; founded and was co-CEO and president of Value Health Sciences, a Santa Monica-based specialty managed care provider and unit of Value Health Inc., for 10 years; and the chief executive of two health services consulting firms in Santa Monica, Chassin & Kosecoff Medical Systems and Fink & Kosecoff Associates. Ms. Kosecoff is a board member of the Alliance for Aging Research and the Pharmaceutical Care Management Assn. She also is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the UCLA School of Public Health.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE INDUSTRY: "I was an applied mathematics major in college. I loved mathematics, but I didn’t want to go into the military industrial world (like many applied mathematics majors). I went to my research adviser, who essentially turned me on to the fact that medicine was an area where people with my skill set might find a home. (While obtaining my master’s degree), I tried to define the model for creating a seedless watermelon—it was kind of a genetics experiment as it were. Thereafter, I was always interested in mathematical applications to health care and fell in love with health care. That is how I got into health care."
THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED: "We work in health care. It’s a unique privilege to be in health care. Caring is good, but doing something is better. When we hear about a problem that affects a provider or member, we ask what we can do to fix it, not just what we can do to empathize."
ADVICE FOR THOSE STARTING IN THE INDUSTRY: "I would tell them to continually ask themselves where they want to go and what they want to do in the industry. What skill sets, what experiences do they need to acquire to get there and do that? Very seriously, ask yourself once a year, 'Is this where I want to be and what do I need to do to earn that opportunity?' and then go do it."
WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE PROFESSIONALLY WHILE GROWING UP: "Like many young girls of my generation, I don’t think I gave my self permission to think I could be whatever I wanted to be. I thought I could be a nurse and teacher. Girls today have many more options that they’re aware of, and I think that is fantastic."