Athena Group Consulting LLC

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Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weekends by Appointment

Our Consultants

Athena Group Consulting has several consultants available to serve your needs in all areas of health care. Below is a partial listing of consultants that work for our firm. Check out their profiles to learn more about the experienced and team of professionals we put to work for you.

Mark C. Marten

Mark C. Marten, FACHE, MBA, President & CEO

Mr. Marten has over 25 years of experience in the health care field. He has expertise in health plan/provider contracting. He has held executive management positions such as lead contracting executive, COO, and CEO with payers and providers over that period.

He currently is the President and CEO of Athena Group Consulting, LLC, a health care consulting firm specializing in improving contracting results for providers such as hospitals, IPAs, and surgery centers.

Through Athena Group, Mr. Marten also works with health plans in network analysis, market expansions, and competitive intelligence. This history enables him to serve the client's needs in multiple areas.

Mr. Marten has successfully helped hospitals, IPAs, MSOs, and health plans in increasing revenues above anticipated levels in health plan negotiations. Additionally, the negotiations also produced operational efficiencies that assisted the providers in daily operations. Athena Group Consulting has helped provide managed care assessments, contract negotiations, and strategic planning needed for successful health plan negotiations.

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Rick Desai

Rick Desai is a transformational senior health care executive with extensive experience in financial, operational, and clinical performance. Having a history of consistently delivering strong results and performance throughout his career, Rick is a consummate professional who values long-term partnerships across the continuum of the health care industry.

Rick is regarded as an industry leader with excellent business acumen and expertise in:

• Development & Implementation of Innovative & Effective Contracting Strategies

• Driving Profitable Growth
• Strategic Operations
• Product Development

• Network Development & Management
• Revenue Optimization
• Revenue Cycle Operations

Rick has a master's degree in Health Care Management (MHA) and has held senior executive positions with health plans and providers.

Mae Regalado

Mae Regalado is a health care executive with more than 20 years of diverse management in highly competitive and complex environments. She has a proven track record of transforming and advancing IT and business capabilities into all aspects of day-to-day operations. Mae specializes in large-scale, enterprise-wide, project planning and implementation management across segments of the health care industry; with extensive experience in program management, integration and change management.

Her experience guides program teams in the successful execution of key product launch, system architecture design, and re-engineering projects. She has led implementation projects for numerous prestigious health plans, including multi-state and multi-partner integration.

Mae was formerly a vice president of claims administration for a major West Coast health care organization. While there, she led initiatives to consolidate operations, transform IT functional units to adapt to business trends. Her work also helped improve service levels for multiple product lines, including Medicare, Medicaid, Dual Eligible, Exchanges, Commercial and ACO, representing health plans, government programs, integrated health care delivery systems, and behavioral health programs.


• System Applications, including, Facets, QNXT, ikaSystems, & Xcelys
• Claims Adjudication
• Compliance

• Configuration
• Cost Containment
• Data Management
• Managed Care Contracting

• Provider Relations
• Reimbursement
• Utilization Management

Tom Dougherty, FACHE, MBA

Tom Dougherty, FACHE, is the President of HealthCare Innovators, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in innovating and adapting legacy business models to population health, the ACA, and the changing health care landscape. He is a health care executive with more than 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles in health care systems, hospitals, health plans, post-acute care, home health, and hospice.

Mr. Dougherty has experience in operations and integration, strategic planning, care delivery redesign, contracting, reimbursement, capitation, financial management, revenue cycle, and business development.

Tom Dougherty

He has led turnarounds and transformations, re-engineered operations to achieve efficiencies and large-scale network development.

HealthCare Innovators works with clients to maximize their operational efficiencies and revenues, create new opportunities, expand the value of their services, implement the appropriate strategies, and pursue the right innovations that lead to success as health care faces extraordinary changes.

Mr. Dougherty serves on the board and is a past president of Health Care Executives of Southern California (HCE) and the greater Los Angeles chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He enjoys mentoring early careerists. He has served as a member of the Healthcare Administration Advisory Committee for California Baptist University.

Mr. Dougherty earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is president of The Wheeler Group Inc., a health care consulting company with a wide variety of clients that include health plans, medical groups, employer groups, and health care technology companies. The group's clients receive a number of products and services that improve clinical quality while lowering overall costs of care.

Steve has an in-depth knowledge of health care workflow processes that affect both the financial and the clinical aspects of organizations. His years of experience in the health care industry has provided him with a unique understanding of the technical and financial connectivity between patients (consumers) and providers (caregivers) and payers (insurers/employers) within the very complicated health care industry.

He has been a founder, has served as president or CEO of a number of companies, and has held management positions in sales, marketing, and business development.

Steve graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and completed graduate work in the University's MBA program. He and his family live in Laguna Beach, California.


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