Ms. Eftekhari is the founder, chair and chief executive officer of HealthEZ, Inc., a Minneapolis-based company providing services designed to simplify health plan administration for employers, and eliminate the complexities in the health care billing and payment process.
Prior to founding HealthEZ in 1997, Ms. Eftekhari earned national recognition in 1982 for founding the nation's first Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). In fact, the term PPO was coined to describe her innovation, which brings together doctors, hospitals and other health providers to form a network in order to negotiate and provide services at attractive rates in return for the opportunity to serve the clients of an insurer or third-party administrator.
A member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Ms. Eftekhari also serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. In addition, she is the founder of The Foundation for the Children of Iran, an organization dedicated, since 1991, to enabling indigent children from Iran or of Iranian origin to receive health care services in the United States that are not available to them in Iran.
Ms. Eftekhari is a graduate of the London School of Economics and holds master's degrees in International Relations from the University Of Southern California (UK) and in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.more » « less