Madison, Wis. – In July 2023, MetaStar, a leader in healthcare quality improvement, celebrates 50 years of promoting optimal health for all. MetaStar partners with government agencies, health plans, healthcare professionals, and communities to guide change in three key areas: healthcare quality consulting, external quality review, and performance measurement. For five decades, the organization has worked to effect positive change in health and healthcare and empower healthcare professionals, community organizations, and healthcare payers to make lasting improvements with a vision of optimal health for all. As part of the celebration, MetaStar has unveiled a new logo and website.
MetaStar, originally known as the Wisconsin Professional Peer Review Organization or WisPRO, was established following the US Congress legislation to review the necessity, appropriateness, and quality of medical care provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
In the 1990s, the team identified the opportunity to offer collaborative, technical assistance to health care organizations. The organization rebranded as MetaStar, meaning to “guide change.” Today, MetaStar’s scope has expanded to include quality assurance, quality improvement, community convening, and performance measurement.
MetaStar is led by Jesi Wang, MBA, who was named CEO in 2017. “I’m proud to celebrate 50 years of excellence, collaboration, and dedication to our mission. We have forged a strong legacy of leading health care quality improvement, and I look forward to the next fifty years of furthering our vision of optimal health for all.”
Today MetaStar partners with numerous hospitals, nursing homes, and communities on a variety of healthcare transformation, education, and performance management programs. Key areas of impact include:
- Advancing quality across the continuum of care to address topics such as substance use disorder, chronic conditions, and long-term care needs.
- Improving quality and compliance for Medicaid programs.
- Supporting HEDIS®, Initial Validation Audit (IVA), and other performance measurement programs to ensure accuracy of the data being reported.
Madison, Wis. – Manny Martin has been promoted to Vice President of Commercial Services at MetaStar. He will lead a department responsible for conducting HEDIS Compliance Audits, Medicare Data Validation Part C & D, URAC Data Validation and Initial Validation Audits (IVA) as part of the HHS Risk Adjust Data Validation program (RADV).
“As we celebrate our company’s 50th year anniversary, I am excited to help insert MetaStar into national conversations that drive meaningful dialogue and impact the health care quality landscape,” said Martin.
Martin joined MetaStar in 2022 after curating a diverse career across the entire health care spectrum. Some of his foundational experiences include developing national provider networks at a Managed Care Organization, providing HEDIS Reporting consulting services at a Fortune 100 company, and assisting health plans with national and state quality reporting during his time with a boutique audit firm.
“Manny is a wonderful addition to the MetaStar leadership team,” said MetaStar CEO, Jesi Wang. “His deep knowledge in compliance and regulatory reporting coupled with his dedication to our customers, culture, and mission is exactly what MetaStar needs to advance our performance measurement services and effect positive change in health and health care.”
In his new role, Martin will lead certified and approved staff in the execution of Performance Measurement service contracts in addition to growing existing business and exploring new service line opportunities. He will work to further strategic initiatives while working with national, state and local regulators to expand the MetaStar brand.
Martin received his Certified HEDIS Compliance Auditor (CHCA) designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). He also completed his Health Services Administration (HSA) coursework from St. Petersburg College.
Madison, Wis. – Heather LeBeau has been named Vice President of Finance and Human Resources at MetaStar. In this role, she leads the company’s accounting, finance and human resources functions and serves as the Chief Compliance Officer.
“I was drawn to MetaStar by its strong reputation and expertise in health care quality improvement,” said LeBeau. “I am excited to serve in a role focused on preserving the company’s financial strength and supporting the workforce dedicated to the organization’s mission, to effect positive change in health and health care.”
Prior to joining MetaStar, LeBeau was the Controller for Navitus Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefit manger with a 100 percent transparent pass-through model. She has also worked in financial management roles for CUNA Mutual Group and National Government Services.
“We are excited to welcome Heather to the MetaStar leadership team. She brings a long history in leadership and finance and a true commitment to serving our teams, customers, and mission,” said MetaStar CEO Jesi Wang. “I am confident Heather will lead MetaStar towards continued success as we work to improve the quality of health care for all.”
LeBeau received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Upper Iowa University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is a current member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) and Financial Executives International (FEI).
Madison, Wis – Emily Nelson has been promoted to serve as Vice President of Healthcare Transformation at MetaStar. She will lead a department that conducts a variety of work with hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and communities across Wisconsin.
Nelson joined MetaStar in 2015 and worked most recently as a program manager, overseeing projects related to health IT, community-based health improvement projects, and programs serving post-acute and long-term care organizations. She also served in a key leadership position for Superior Health Quality Alliance, of which MetaStar is a member organization. Superior Health advances quality improvement goals of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
In her new role, Nelson will work with program managers to direct implementation of contracts and activities within the department. She will also advance corporate initiatives and goals, collaborating with state and national stakeholders.
“I am pleased to have Emily Nelson helping to lead MetaStar toward continued success,” said MetaStar CEO Jesi Wang. “She will combine her expertise in our field — including time spent as a frontline worker — with deep dedication to our customers, culture, mission, and vision.”
Nelson received her Bachelor of Science-Education in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining MetaStar, she worked as a nursing home surveyor for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Division of Quality Assurance and as a caregiver in a Wisconsin nursing home.
Nelson replaces Stacey Novogoratz, who joined MetaStar in 2010. Novogoratz is pursuing graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Madison, Wis. – The Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration awarded MetaStar, in partnership with Sauk County Public Health, $1 million to strengthen and expand prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) in Sauk County, Wisconsin. This three-year award is part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).
“MetaStar has a long history of improving the quality of health and health care for Wisconsinites,” said MetaStar Chief Executive Officer Jesi Wang. “We’re ready to leverage this experience and address the opioid crisis head on in Sauk County, which in 2019 was in the bottom 20 percent of Wisconsin counties for opioid-involved drug overdose deaths and hospital encounters.”
“Unfortunately 2020 was the worst year in recorded history regarding opioid overdose deaths in Sauk County. Sauk County Public Health looks forward to partnering with MetaStar to continue to combat this everchanging issue,” Sauk County Health Educator Ethan Borchardt.
Sauk County is particularly challenged to combat substance SUD and OUD, being a rural community with a tourist-based economy. Interstate 90/94, a major corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois, runs through Sauk County, increasing accessibility in the county to opioids, methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs of abuse.
A consortium has been developed in Sauk County to maximize the impact of this grant. The Sauk County Continuum of Care Consortium (S4C), builds upon existing trusted partnerships and includes members representing diverse settings within Sauk County, all committed to promoting healthier communities through drug-related prevention, treatment, and recovery. S4C members include MetaStar, Sauk County Public Health, Baraboo Police Department, City of Reedsburg Police Department, Dells-Delton EMS Commission, Ho-Chunk, Lutheran Social Services, Merrimac Fire & Rescue, Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service Commission, Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Satori House Recovery, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital-Baraboo, and WisHope.
MetaStar, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a vision of optimal health for all. With more than 45 years of experience, MetaStar works alongside those in the health care system to improve the quality of health and health care. MetaStar offers consulting services to improve the quality of health care, specializing in the implementation and understanding of government and legislative initiatives. Learn more at www.metastar.com.
This press release is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1 million with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.